Helpful Hints

  • Spray wooden furniture with a good polish. Cover with cardboard or drop cloth.
  • Use cardboard liberally inside unit – use it to protect wooden furniture, and place under soft furnishings, mattresses, etc.
  • DO NOT store food items
  • Defrost refrigerators/ freezers, leave the door open, and do not put a towel in the bottom of the refrigerator to soak up water
  • Ensure water has drained from washing machine hoses before going into storage
  • List contents of boxes on all sides, number and seal with tape
  • Use boxes, plastic bags or clothing bags for storing clothes
  • Do not set mattresses directly on concrete floor, store on edge vertically
  • Keep all items of the floor if possible to allow air movement
  • To stop rusting of exposed metal, use a light coating of oil
  • Plan your storage space. Place items you may need access to in the front and allow for walkways
  • Make an inventory of your stored items and keep in a safe place elsewhere
  • Stack lighter boxes on top of heavier ones
  • Wrap picture and mirrors in cardboard and mark “FRAGILE” and stack on end
  • Large appliances can be used as packing cases for blankets towels and clothing
  • Shovels, rakes, hoes, etc. can be stored together in an empty rubbish bin
  • Tables with removable legs should be ‘broken down’ to save space
  • Do not place heavy or sharp objects on top of upholstered furniture
  • If using a dehumidifying product, place in area where it will do no damage if it leaks
  • Clean lawn mower blades and empty fuel from tank
  • Give leather goods a treatment of avocado oil or other leather preservative
  • DO NOT store paint or any type of corrosive. Containers may break down and contents will leak over your furniture and into other units
  • Gas bottles but be empty and valve left open