If you are getting ready to pack up some items in your home and put them into a self-storage unit, you will want to make sure that you properly prepare these things. When it comes to packing, there are a few mistakes you should make sure you avoid making to keep your belongings as safe as possible.
Mistake #1: Not Having the Right Supplies
When you start packing, you want to have all the supplies you need on hand. This will make the packing process go smoother. You will want to have a variety of different boxes, such as small, medium, and large sizes. You should have both packing paper and bubble wrap. You are going to want to have a strong packing tape. It would help if you also had bold colored markers for labeling. If you have furniture to store, you will want to invest in some furniture covers.
Mistake #2: Not Filling Boxes Properly
You need to make sure you use all those packing supplies properly. You want to pack each box so that the items inside are snug and can't move around in transit. It is a good idea to add a protective layer to the top and bottom of the box when moving fragile items you don't want to be damaged. You should also wrap items up with bubble wrap or packing paper. Don't fill your boxes so full that they are bursting at the seams as they may open and damage the contents inside. Use lots of tape to secure and reinforce the walls of the boxes.
Mistake #3: Not Labeling Your Boxes
Don't assume that three months from now, or a year from now, you are going to remember that you packed your bedding in a box. Don't stress yourself out by trying to remember what you packed in each container.
Instead, label each box. You can take a dark permanent marker and write a quick list of what is inside the box on the side of the box. Or, if you are really in a hurry, you can write what room the items belong to, such as kitchen supplies. The more detailed you are, the more useful the labels will be to you later when you are trying to find specific items in your storage unit.
Mistake #4: Not Marking Fragile Boxes
If you have any boxes containing fragile items, you will want to be sure that you mark them. For example, any boxes with glass in them should be marked as fragile. Additionally, any item you want to be harmed, such as artwork, should also be marked as fragile. That way, no matter who handles the boxes, they will know how to handle them.
When it comes to packing to put your items in storage, get all your supplies ready, protect your items as you pack them, and be sure to mark all of your boxes properly. Proper packing will help your items survive their storage stint unharmed. For more information, contact a storage unit facility.