Make your move a breeze with these simple yet effective tips
Having been around for so many years, we know what it takes to make the process of moving simple and hassle-free. Here are our packing, moving and storage tips.
Packing & Moving Tips
- Make arrangements for your move 30 to 45 days in advance.
- Ask your removal company what size truck they will be using for your move as this influences the removal fee. Some removal companies charge according to the volume and others according to the size truck your move requires. Note that larger trucks have limited access to the storage site and the storage units. (see the Truck Sizes Accommodated documentation of Storage RSA)
- Enquire from your household insurer whether your goods will also be covered when in transit.
- Number your boxes when packing. Set up an inventory list on which you indicate the contents of each box and the corresponding number allocated. Also, write the room destination on each box i.e. Study, Kitchen, Main bedroom etc
- Fill each box to the top. Half packed boxes may collapse when placed underneath heavy items. Use smaller boxes for heavy weight items such as books and cutlery. Larger boxes can be used for light weight household items such as linen and bedding.
- Seal all boxes with packaging tape, this will also help to strengthen the box.
- Use acid-free tissue paper for wrapping fragile china or porcelain. The ink on printed newspaper could damage the porcelain. Newspaper can be used for padding. Wrap dishes and glassware in unprinted newsprint or bubble wrap. Tissue paper, newsprint and bubble wrap can be purchased at Storage RSA’s packaging shops.
- Use mattress covers or plastic tubing to protect mattresses and other furniture during the move and in your storage unit.
- Simplify your move by hanging your clothes in hanger boxes specifically designed for hanging clothes. These boxes are also sold at Storage RSA.
- Use brown SFK or blankets to protect table tops and cupboards.
- Fragile goods should be clearly marked as fragile.
- Remember to notify all relevant parties of your move.
- Cover your items in additional moving pads, sheets or blankets to protect them in transit. Removal companies usually provide such protective material.
- Be sure to read the instructions on the lifts and trolleys at our sites. Please note that some lifts may not carry passengers.
- If you need to access the goods in your storage unit, place items accessed more frequently at the front of your storage unit.
- Remove all perishables and flammable items like aerosols, batteries, gas and petrol from the goods you are going to store. Please empty gas canisters before bringing them to our storage facility.
- Make sure that your appliances are dry and clean before storing them. Leave the door of your fridge slightly open to prevent mildew.
- Leave a small space between the wall of your unit and the storage items to allow for proper ventilation.
- Stack lighter boxes on top of heavy boxes- use the height of your unit.
- Plastic covers do not allow moisture to escape. Remember to leave the bottom part of plastic covers slightly open. When storing on a long term basis this will prevent mildew to grow on your furniture. Rather consider covering furniture with blankets.
- Leather items can be covered in cushion craft or blankets. Cushion craft is bubble plastic with brown paper on the outside. Place the brown paper side on the leather item. The brown paper will absorb the moisture.
- Use blankets to cover table tops and chairs when stacking them on top of each other. Use the following covers and orientation when storing furniture.
- Couches – Cushion craft or blankets, store on end, not flat
- Paintings – Cushion craft or bubble wrap, store upright
- Mirrors – Bubble wrap, store upright
- Mattresses – See that it is dry before placing it into a plastic mattress cover; leave bottom end open for ventilation. Store flat
- Wood & Steel Furniture – Use blankets.
- Dismantle items such as tables, bed frames and electronic appliances to save space. Wrap and label all pieces to simplify re-assembly.
- If you are storing metal items it is advisable to treat such items with a rust protector.
- Notify your household insurer that you will be storing your goods with Storage RSA. This will ensure that your goods are covered while in storage.
- Use two high quality ‘disc’ locks for your unit. Storage RSA specifically disapproves of padlocks.
- Ensure that you open the roller shutter door correctly – lift the doors from the middle up and bend your knees, not your back. Use the bottom handles only for closing the door.
- Do not give your unit number, tag or any other information to any one that is not listed as having access to your unit.
- A pest control program should be repeated at least every 6 months. If you are going to store for more than 6 months, open the unit and ask your facility manager to repeat the pest control treatment.