Packing Tips

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Packing Tips
• Make a list of all packing materials needed: boxes, bubble wrap, packing paper, tape, marking pens, rope, pallets, charcoal (to absorb humidity), mattress and furniture covers.

• Never store food or items that will attract pests.

• It is illegal to store hazardous or flammable materials such as gasoline, cleaning fluids, paint, etc. Drain all gas from lawnmowers, power tools, jet skis, etc.

• Place valuables in the back of your unit. Put items that will be accessed frequently in the front. Keep out of season clothes accessible. Allow for walkways.

• Leave a small space between the wall and your items to allow for ventilation.

• Try to keep your boxes in uniform sizes so they’re easier to stack. Completely fill each box and stack the heaviest on the bottom.

• Label boxes on all 4 sides with contents and which room it belongs in.

• Make an inventory of stored items and keep it in a safe place. You may want to also leave a copy with your emergency contact.

• Never store anything in sealed plastic bags as the humidity could damage it.

• Place items on 2 x 4 boards or pallets to guard against dampness. Any concrete floor may become cold and damp.

• Refrigerators and freezers should be thoroughly dry and stored with doors slightly ajar. You can also store small items inside of these. Make sure stoves and cooking equipment are cleaned before storing.

• Shovels, rakes, and hoses can be stored inside trash cans.

• Bicycles and other metal items will rust over time if not protected. Wipe all metal surfaces with a few drops of machine oil.

• Cover furniture and mattresses with dust covers.

• If you disassemble furniture, mark all pieces so they can be put back together easily.

• Stand mattresses on end, but prop them up so they don’t bend out of shape or get lumpy.

• Wax wood furniture before storing it and cover with sheets.

• Pictures and mirrors should be wrapped in cardboard and marked as fragile. Stand them up—never flat.

• Wrap small breakables in towels and store in dresser drawers.

• Pack books flat to protect spines. Do not overload.

• If storing wool items, use cedar chips or moth balls to protect them.

• Remove and discard vacuum bags.

• If storing a car, put cardboard or plastic underneath to absorb any oil leaks.

• Use a high quality lock which can be purchased in our office.

• Leave an open bag of charcoal in your unit to absorb humidity and check it occasionally. 
Packing boxes stacked up in home