Almost half of all Australians have moved house recently. If you’re getting the travel bug, or need to move for work, you might be joining their ranks too.
While you’re in the moving process, you may need a place to keep your furniture safe. A great option is a storage unit, where your belongings will be protected and safe from the elements.
Whether you’ve just moved to Sydney or you are leaving, you’re might be considering putting your furniture away for temporary storage. Here are some great tips on furniture storage so your precious belongings don’t get ruined.
Decide Between Self-Storage or Full-Service Storage
Most people think self-storage will be a cheaper option, but this may not be the case. You’ll have to pack up your own furniture, plus move it in and take it out yourself as well. If you choose a furniture storage service, you get better security, less work moving your items and often at a better price.
With a full-service storage facility, removalists will come to assess what needs to be stored, bring storage containers to your home and load them for you, create an inventory, organise your belongings, and pack them securely. Then, they’ll transport them safely to the storage unit without having to double handle anything. When you’re ready to take your furniture out of storage, they’ll load the container on to a truck and bring it to your new property.
When you choose the self-storage option, you’ll have to pay by the unit, not by the cubic metre. Because of this, you may be stuck paying for an entire unit when you don’t even need to utilise every corner. It is also difficult to stack your items to fill the entire storage unit, so you pay for wasted space.
With a full-service storage company like Nuss Removals, we’ll charge by the cubic metre, so you only pay for the space you need.
If you’re considering storage, then read on. We’ll give you some great tips on how to pack your items securely.
Assess Your Belongings First
Before you start packing up your furniture, make an inventory list first. Do you really need to save every single piece? Or can some be thrown away, given to charity, or given/sold to other people?
Once you’ve sorted out everything and made a decision on which pieces to keep, then you can reduce the work needed to pack everything up.
Break Down Larger Items
If anything can be disassembled, this is the time to do it. For example, if you have a large dresser, take all the drawers out. Or if you have a huge bed, take off the mattress, as well as the headboard and footboard.
By breaking down your larger items, this helps you out in several ways. First, it will be easier to pack since pieces are less bulky. Also, you’ll reduce the chances of damage since there are no loose parts knocking about while in transit and while in the storage unit.
Lastly, you can utilise all the storage space possible since you can “Tetris” in smaller pieces better than you can when compared to trying to fit larger pieces in a small space.
Use as Much Padding as You Can
There’s no such thing as too much padding. Grab some duvets, bubble wrap, cloths, anything you can find to properly secure your furniture and give it some cushioning.
You never know what’s going to happen while your furniture is in a vehicle or the storage unit, so you want to be prepared in case any pieces fall over or move. If something moves, it can be enough to cause a domino effect.
Not only do you have to think about breakage, but also scratching. Make sure all pieces are covered and cushioned. That way, they’re safe from both damage and dust. You may want to use extra padding around the corners since they’re more likely to damage something or be damaged themselves.
If you’re stacking glass panels, use pieces of cardboard in between and wrap the whole thing in bubble wrap.
If you use a professional removalist then they will have special blankets and pads for this purpose and will use them when loading their container for you.
Get Storage Insurance
This is optional when it comes to putting your furniture in storage, but we highly recommend it. While a storage unit facility can be highly secure and monitored, there’s always the slight chance that something may go wrong. For instance, a wire may short and a fire might start.
You don’t want to leave everything to chance, especially if you have valuable and/or irreplaceable pieces of furniture in storage. While insurance can’t get you back your irreplaceable pieces, at least it can reimburse you so you can get the next best thing in case anything happens.
Practice Excellent Furniture Storage
Now that you know how to practice excellent furniture storage, you should have full confidence when you put your pieces away. When you combine your knowledge with a reputable storage company, you’ll have complete peace of mind knowing your furniture will stay safe while away from you.
If you’d like some convenience and want a full-service storage facility instead, please request a quote from us now. Not only do we pack things up for storage, but we also provide professional moving services!