Hints & tips
Selecting a storage space
Firstly, talk to our friendly staff who will help you choose a space that best suits your needs. Stack & Stow Self Storage staff can make more cost effective solutions with suggestions on efficiently packing your goods into smaller spaces. Alternatively, if you frequently use the space, a larger unit with well organised (racks and file boxes), may be more convenient.
Hints to save you time and money
The use of packing accessories such as Cartons, Port-a-Robes, Paper, Tape, Bubble-wrap and Plastic covers will maintain and protect your goods whilst in storage. A variety of packing accessories are available for purchase at Stack & Stow Self Storage.
Planning your storage space
Here are some tips that may help you when planning how to pack your storage unit. Firstly begin by placing large, heavy items that you can stack upon at the rear of the unit. Then work forwards and upwards with lighter, fragile items.
Keep in mind, items that you may need to access often should be placed in the front of your unit. Depending on the goods you have stored, you may need to allow for walkways. To save you time and worry it may help to package your goods in professional storage cartons which will make the unpacking process easier.
Insure your Goods in Storage
The goods you place in a storage space are your own and remain your sole responsibility. You should always have them covered by insurance. Your goods are NOT automatically insured by Stack & Stow Self Storage. Check with your company’s insurance provider to see if you are covered. If not, we will be able to assist you with the provision of insurance cover.
What Not to Store
Any goods that are illegal, stolen, flammable, explosive, hazardous, environmentally harmful, perishable or that are a risk to the property of any person. e.g. Chlorine, acid, paint, petrol are NOT to be stored.
Fridges, freezers and other white goods should be thoroughly DRY and CLEANED before storing. Whilst in storage the door should be secured slightly ajar. A deodorizer placed inside fridges or freezers is also a good idea to maintain freshness.
Empty the contents of wardrobes, drawers and cupboards to protect the shelving and structure of these items. Clothing and personal goods should be packed in strong secure cartons. Where possible remove the legs from items of furniture e.g. bed bases, tables etc to avoid damage and save space. We also suggest that you vacuum food crumbs from lounges to prevent attracting vermin.
Dishes and Glassware
Place a layer of packing inside the bottom and top of cartons containing breakables. Protect fragile items by wrapping them individually in packing paper. Nest cups and bowls, stand plates, saucers, platters, casseroles on their edges. Fill any gaps in the cartons with packing e.g. scrunched paper or linen. This will keep your fragile items well protected and prevent them from moving around in the cartons whilst in transit. Label all cartons containing fragile items and avoid storing heavy items on the top of these cartons.
Mirrors, Windows, Screens and Paintings
These items should be protected by packing material e.g. bubble-wrap or in a flat-pack carton. Store them standing on their edges in an upright position (not lying flat).
Battery Operated Appliances and Toys: We recommend that you remove the batteries to avoid damage from leaking batteries.
All items need to be clean and free from anything that may attract pests. We sells boxes and packing materials to help protect your items.
Wrapping silver in NON ACID tissue paper or plastic bags can help reduce tarnishing. Wipe chrome or cast iron with a small amount of machine oil to help retard rust.
Stereos, Televisions and Videos, Computers, Electrical Equipment
All equipment should be thoroughly cleaned and dry before it is stored. Your electrical equipment is very delicate and sensitive and should be handled with care. The original boxes are ideal to repack the goods in. Wrapping items individually in bubble-wrap, packing them in cartons, and sealing the top will offer protection for your electrical items. Remember to pack out any gaps in the cartons.
Files, Records and other Documents
Pack books flat to protect their spines. Use suitable archive boxes or packing cartons. This will save you space, simplify retrieval and offer the best protection for your goods or records. Use packing to fill out empty pockets in the boxes. Clearly label all boxes to identify contents. Put lighter boxes on top to prevent collapse of those underneath.