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Before You Pack

  • Get rid of anything you don’t think you will need in your new house rather than self-storing and transporting it.


  • Make a list of the supplies you’ll need.


  • Create a packing plan – decide what will be packed into what.


  • Write an inventory list of the major items, and groups of smaller items, that you are packing.

  • Pack as many things into boxes as possible before your storage unit arrives to streamline the process.

Boxing Items

  • Clearly label every box with its enclosed items as you finish for your reference.


  • Wrap any breakables securely in bubble wrap or newspaper.


  • Work from the largest and heaviest items to the smallest and lightest items in a box.

  • Double-tape the bottom of all boxes to make sure the bottom doesn’t fall out when you lift it.

  • Ensure you don’t overload boxes – if you purchase proper moving boxes, check the weight rating.

  • Avoid sealing plastic bags with items inside, as humidity can cause mold and mildew.

Preparing Furniture and Appliances

  • You should consult the owner’s manual for moving advice for your specific electrics and electronics.

  • Appliances such as washing machines, fridges, and dishwashers must be completely drained and dry.

  • Freezers and fridges must be empty!


  • Wrap up electrical cords and tape them to the side of the appliance.

  • Tape any doors shut.


  • Turn off the gas and disconnect lines to gas appliances.


  • Take toner and ink cartridges, and removable media out of your electronics.


  • Mark which cords go into which ports on your TV, DVD player, computer, etc.


  • Make sure any packing materials used for your electronics are anti-static.


  • Use moving pads or wrap your wooden furniture in blankets to avoid scratches and dents. Tape the blankets or cover the entire item with shrink wrap for optimal protection.


  • Empty the drawers and shelving inside furniture such as desks, wardrobes, dressers, etc.


  • Spray any wooden furniture with good quality furniture oil and wipe off any excess to help prevent drying and cracking while in storage.

Miscellaneous Tips

  • Breakables such as pictures and mirrors are safest stored on their end rather than flat.

  • Breakables such as glasses and plates are best stored on their end within their box.

  • Lamps are best stored with the base and shade separated and wrapped.


  • Drain the fuel out of any power tools, mowers, and motorbikes.


  • Sprinkle some bi-carb soda in with books and clothing to help prevent odors from forming while they’re in storage.


  • Pack a single room at a time.


  • If you know you will need to access any items while they are in storage, pack them last (close to the door of your unit).


  • DO NOT pack your passport or important documents deep into your storage!

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