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Tips and Tricks: Security

… Pack the best in the back. Even with a full-time security guard on patrol at your self-storage facility, you can protect your belongings even more just by loading your most valuable items into the back of your unit. Don’t skimp on your padlock, either. While no lock is completely invincible, a high-quality lock will make your unit far less vulnerable.

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Tips and Tricks: Books

… Books can be surprisingly heavy if too many of them are stacked together so the best way to pack these is to use small boxes for efficient use of the self storage space. You may need more of them, but they’ll be easier to move about should you need to. Making these alphabetical will also make finding one specific book far quicker, as will organising by theme if you’d prefer. Stack smaller books over larger books and make sure that they’re arranged horizontally (never vertically) because it can damage the spine.

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Tips and Tricks: Baking Soda

… A refrigerator or freezer should be thoroughly dry and stored with its door slightly ajar. You can put a box of baking soda in there to absorb any excess water if needs be as larger appliances make excellent packing cases for blankets, towels, tablecloths and clothes. Shovels, hoes, rakes and hoses can be stored together in empty trash cans and those that aren’t being used can be simply stacked inside one another in the self storage unit.

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Tips and Tricks: glasses, bowls and cups

… Dishes and glasses should be wrapped in packing paper and placed in boxes. You can buy ones with supports built in from your self-storage facility, which are designed specifically for this purpose. All glass items should be individually wrapped and stacked, whereas cups and bowls should be nested on top of each others. Stand plates, saucers, and platters on their edges. Wrapped glasses should be placed near the top of cartons. Fill all space pockets with packing material (like foam). Label all boxes containing glassware, and do not place heavy items on boxes containing glassware. Stack these boxes on top when planning the layout of your unit.

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Tips and Tricks: Self Storage Cover

… Don’t use printed newspaper to cover your belongings as the ink may smudge and damage them. The best paper to use for self storage cover is white packing tissue, as this has a smooth surface to it. You can pick this up from any of our stores, as well as a full selection of packaging supplies, including boxes and bubble wrap. Pop in to your nearest Big Yellow Self Storage or visit our box shop online to view our range.

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Tips and Tricks: Insurance

… Purchase comprehensive insurance. If your belongings are worth storing, they are worth insuring. Be aware of your surroundings when you are in your unit, if you see a potential problem or anything suspicious, alert the manager. Do not give out your password, gate code or any information on your self storage solution to anyone that is not listed as having ‘access’.

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Tips and Tricks: Write on all Sides

… of each storage item (whether it’s a box, cabinet or file), write down what it contains and to what kind of room it belongs. Don’t just write it on one side, as sometimes it may be stacked in such a way that your label will be hidden from view. This saves time when trying to remove one item from your unit. If you don’t want to write directly onto something, buy some masking tape and a marker pen. The tape won’t leave any residue or damage the item you need to label for effective self storage.

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Tips and Tricks: Collectables

…When wrapping collectables or anything breakable for self storage, tape the package afterwards. This should avoid mistaking them for excess paper to fill the box. Use bubble wrap or unprinted paper to wrap breakables. Group similar items together and mark the boxes accordingly.

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Tips and Tricks: Storing Sofas

Tips and Tricks: Storing Sofas

… It’s worth taking into consideration which type of material your sofa is made from before storing. Generally, it’s better to store vertically on a flat sided arm. Leather handles the pressure very well, as does micro-fibre. Silky high end fabrics are better to kept on their feet as they don’t have the structural integrity to withstand the additional pressure. For transportation itself, a professional mover knows how to use furniture pads to keep the pressure off the arms. If you are doing this yourself, you’ll need to stand the sofa on end with several double folded blankets to provide a soft surface for the arm. All in all, an average sofa should be fine when stored on its end in your self storage unit for a couple of months. Be sure that there are no wrinkles on the floor […]

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Tips and Tricks: Keep Clean and Dry

…Make sure that all appliances are clean and dry before self storage. Try not to use heavy detergents as the residue from these may damage delicate woods or plastics. A light mixture of soap and water will do the trick. After drying fully, leave appliances slightly ajar to prevent mildew from forming.

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