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How to Pack for Long Term Storage
|If you need to store your items in a storage facility for an extended period of time, the packing process requires a little more attention to detail. Safely packing items that will be left alone for long periods of time is a little different than regular packing for a move.
General storage tips
Long term storage's purpose is to keep your belongings safe and secure without maintenance. Pack in a way that minimizes potential damage when your items are untouched for long periods of time. Your items should be protected from moisture, bacteria, stress, and vermin.
- Start by choosing a climate controlled storage facility. Items left in a storage unit for a long time should not be subjected to extreme temperatures.
- Disassemble anything that you can. Most furniture is less stressed and less likely to warp over time if taken apart.
- Use sturdy cardboard boxes. Cardboard will let moisture out of boxes to avoid bacteria buildup but is also sturdy enough to protect your items.
- Stack lighter boxes on top of heavier ones.
- Protecting your items with bubble wrap is always a good option.
- Keep your most frequently-used items at the front of the storage unit.
- The original box and packaging are the best storage option.
- Use a similar sized box if the original is unavailable and fill in the space with packing paper.
- Consider plastic covers to protect from moisture.
- Unboxed items may get dusty, so electronics should be boxed or covered.
- Vacuum-sealed bags are good for these fabric-based materials because they save space and protect from moisture, dust, and animals.
- Place sealed pillows and blankets inside of appliances like ovens, and place sealed clothes inside dressers.
- If you don't want wrinkled clothing, invest in a wardrobe box to hang and protect the clothing in an enclosed container.
- If you plan on storing the clothing for decades, the constant stress of gravity could damage hanging clothes.
- Defrost any freezers or refrigerators before packing.
- Thoroughly clean and dry the inside of all kitchen appliances. Any remaining food particles or moisture creates a breeding ground for bacteria during storage.
- Use baking soda to make sure the interiors of all appliances are dry.
- Enclose the back of refrigerators and ovens to avoid attracting vermin.
- Place tarps or blankets over appliances to avoid dust accumulation during long term storage.
- Climate control is especially important for photos. Make sure you choose a climate controlled unit for storing them.
- Use a photo album if you have one. This should keep the photos flat, dust free, and away from direct light which could wash them out.
- Tape individual photos together and separate them with clean cardboard to prevent bending and to protect them from light. Just make sure you don't put tape directly on the photos.
- Disassemble what you can and wrap legs and other parts in bubble wrap.
- Label all separated parts.
- Keep all the fastening nuts and bolts together in a bag taped to the main part of the furniture.
- Polish wood furniture before storage for additional protection.
- Treat leather furniture with a leather conditioner.
- Wipe metal furniture with oil to help prevent rusting.
Other specific items
Now that you know how to pack for long term storage, find a good storage company. Be sure to ask about climate control and security when choosing the right storage facility for you.
- Disassemble musical instruments since many of them are under constant stress. De-string guitars, and unscrew taught drum heads.
- Wrap mirrors and framed pictures in paper, then bubble wrap, and place them in flat custom-fit boxes. Remember to label them "fragile."
- Empty vacuum cleaner bags to avoid mold or vermin.
- Hire professionals to pack big or difficult items like pianos, large exercise equipment, and pool tables.
Author : Mike Sannitti
on October 1, 2014
TopMoving.ca - Moving Expert