How is my furniture storedLike the majority of storage firms such as us use containerised storage. These are large wooden boxes 7'x7'x5' which are moved about using a forklift. Metal containers are also used in the same respect.
Any items too large to fit into a wooden container will be stored separately, this usually includes ladders, carpets and sometimes sofas and chairs.
A representative will advise you about this when they call round.
Packaging for storage is extremely important. This can be done either by you or the company. If you decide to do your own packing we can provide all materials to do this.
If you decide to use your own, you must ensure that you use good quality boxes that are stable enough to permit stacking without causing harm to the contents.
Always ensure that a box is only filled to its top level and mix light and heavy items. Fragile items should always be surrounded by soft items e.g towels, bedding, or bubble wrap, which can be provided, and then placed in a box, marked fragile. If the thought of everything seems daunting and time consuming we offer a range services to easy your work.
- Most Important: Personal papers and documents should be retained by yourself, although we can take care of vital documents and can provide extra security on request. If you wish to hold these documents yourself, we can provide you with boxes and hold alls you need to do this
- Keep a list; Everything that is placed into containers will be put on an inventory by the removal company, but if you make a list of what you have placed inside each box, the appropriate room intended. This will help when they come out of storage, as you will never remember what is in each box, especially when they have never been in storage for a while.
- Give notice; The nature of containers storage is that you can stack the containers on top of each other to saving space, and in a warehouse with hundreds of containers yours are bound to be the ones at the back. Try and give as much notice as you can preferably 2 weeks or more.
Items not going into storageAnything you do not intend to send to storage such as clothes, personal possessions, plants and pets (not that you would) should be put in a separate room with the door shut. Tell the team leader what is to stay and go, because they will take everything that isn't fastened down. If this happens and you need something that has been packed away it will delay everything when the removal team have to stop and unload containers.
Important on day of moveKeep walkways clear. Moving into storage takes a bit longer to load then van than a straight move. This is due to the fact that when furniture goes into store the team have a lot less space to work in and therefore need to pick and choose what they take in the van more carefully. It is a bit like a giant jigsaw puzzle and the team have to go from room to room to see which piece of furniture will fit exactly.
Specific GoodsFridge/freezers/washing machines; these should be disconnected, washed out with detergent in order to avoid unpleasant odours and then thoroughly dried out. You don't want your freezer defrosting inside the container surrounded by your beds.
Draws and Desks; Anything that you do need should be left in drawers as this saves you having to pack it as well as saving you a lot of space in the container. However take out any breakable items as they could roll around in the draw. Bureaus tend to be extremely heavy and usually have very spindly legs. It would be better if you unpack the drawers especially of heavy paper or books.
Electrical goods; If possible pack these in their original packaging. If not pack in a carton bigger than the equipment and surround it with bedding or clothes that will protect it. Mark clearly on the box 'fragile'. Record decks then pick arm securing transit.