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Tips and Hints

Tips and Hints for Storage Solutions in Adelaide

In Selecting a Storage Space.

Talk to your Self Storage Australia Consultant.Ask the storage consultant to help you choose a space that best suits your needs. An efficiently packed small space will cost less than a larger space. If you frequently use the space, a larger space with well organised (racks and file boxes), may be more convenient. We are able to make modifications to meet your specific needs and we also offer additional services to help our business clients.

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The use of packing accessories such as Cartons, Port-a-Robes, and Paper, Tape, Bubble-wrap and Plastic covers will maintain and protect your goods whilst in storage. A variety of packing accessories are usually available for purchase at Self Storage Australia. Fill cartons to capacity: partially full or bulging cartons may lip or collapse. Heavy items like books or tools should be packed in small cartons so they are easy to handle. Books should be packed flat, not on their spines. Packing and labelling cartons room by room makes the unpacking much easier, and if you need to find something in storage you will have some idea of which carton to begin looking in.

Planning your Storage Space

As a general rule place large, heavy items that you can stack upon at the rear of the unit. Then work forwards and upwards with lighter, fragile items. Place those items that you may need to access often in the front of the unit. Depending on the goods you have stored, you may need to allow for walkways. Packing in professional storage cartons will make the stowing and unpacking easier and safer, saving you time and worry. Professional packing and storage accessories will provide your goods with the preparation they need for storage and maintain their condition for the term of storage.

Insure your Goods in Storage.

The goods you place in a Self Storage Australia space are yours and remain your sole responsibility. You should always have them covered by insurance. Your goods are not automatically insured by Self Storage Australia. Check with your company's insurance provider to see if your coverage already has provisions for items stored off site, you may already be covered. If not, your Self Storage Consultant will be able to assist you with the provision of insurance cover.

What Not to Store

Any goods that are illegal, stolen, flammable, explosive, hazardous, environmentally harmful, perishable or that are a risk to the property of any person. E.g. Chlorine, acid, paint, petrol.

Appliances

Fridges, freezers and other white goods should be thoroughly DRY and CLEAN before storing. Whilst in storage the door should be secured slightly ajar. A deodoriser placed inside fridges or freezers is also a good idea to maintain freshness. Don't place items inside fridges or freezers as the shelves and. linings can be easily marked and damaged.

Furniture

Empty the contents of wardrobes, drawers and cupboards to protect the shelving and structure of these items. Clothing and personal goods should be packed in strong secure cartons with some naphthalene, mothballs or similar product to protect and maintain their condition. Where possible remove the legs from items of furniture e.g. bed bases, tables etc to avoid damage and save space. Vacuum food crumbs from lounges to prevent attracting vermin.

Dishes and Glassware

Place a layer of packing inside the bottom and top of cartons containing breakables. Protect fragile items by wrapping them individually in packing paper (newsprint can be very messy and possibly stain). Nest cups and bowls, stand plates, saucers, platters, casseroles on their edges. Fill any gaps in the cartons with packing e.g. scrunched paper or linen. This will keep your fragile items well protected and prevent them from moving around in the cartons whilst in transit. Label all cartons containing fragile items and avoid storing heavy items on the top of these cartons.

Mirrors, Windows, Screens and Paintings

These items should be protected by packing material e.g. bubble-wrap or in a flat-pack carton. Store them standing on their edges in an upright position (not lying flat).
Battery Operated Appliances and Toys
We recommend that you remove the batteries to avoid damage from leaking batteries.

Fabric Items

All items need to be clean and free from anything that may attract pests. Self Storage Australia sells boxes and packing materials to help protect your items.

Metal Items

Wrapping silver in NON ACID tissue paper or plastic bags can help reduce tarnishing. Wipe chrome or cast iron with a little machine oil to help retard rust.

Stereos, Televisions and Videos, Computers, Electrical Equipment

All equipment should be thoroughly cleaned and dry before it is stored.
Your electrical equipment is very delicate and sensitive and should be handled with care. The original boxes are ideal to repack in. However wrapping items individually in bubble-wrap, packing them in cartons, and sealing the top will offer protection for your electrical items. Remember to pack out any gaps in the cartons. Turntables and tone arms of record players should be secured to prevent damage whilst they are being moved. Pack records on their edges in cartons to prevent warping.

Files, Records and other Documents

Pack books flat to protect their spines. Use suitable archive boxes or packing cartons. This will save you space, simplify retrieval and offer the best protection for your goods or records. Use packing to fill out empty pockets in the boxes. Clearly label all boxes to identify contents. Put lighter boxes on top to prevent collapse of those underneath

Storage Check List

Moving into Self Storage Australia storage checklist

TWO WEEKS PRIOR

  1. Visit/ telephone Self Storage Australia and organise the best unit to suit your needs.
  2. Assess which items will be packed and which can be stored as they are.
  3. Organise your packing needs, boxes, tape, marking pens, butchers paper.
  4. Start packing non everyday items room by room.
  5. Notify essential services providers of the move and confirm disconnection dates.
  6. Set up a mail redirection service with Australia Post.
  7. Notify banks, Medicare, Centrelink, schools of address change.
  8. Organise medical & school transfer of records, notify new address and date of move.
  9. Consume all perishable/frozen foods to empty fridge/ freezer.
  10. Notify change of address to all concerned, friends, suppliers, insurance providers

ONE WEEK PRIOR

  1. Telephone Self Storage Australia and confirm truck/ trailer hire/ removalist.
  2. Continue packing room by room and identifying contents of boxes.
  3. Organise garage sale/ disposal of unwanted goods, remove broken appliances.
  4. Clean out oven, medicine cabinet, BBQ and empty the gas bottle.
  5. Start sending cards to everyone informing them of the change of address.
  6. Dispose of flammables, fuels, paint boxes which are not safe to be stored.
  7. Cancel the newspaper delivery and other location based services.
  8. Start organising the boxes for the move to Self Storage Australia.
  9. Keep a box with easy access for children toys/books to help on move day.
  10. If using a removalist double check the booking and conditions.

STORING DAY

  1. Collect truck/trailer from Self Storage Australia as early as possible.
  2. Discuss storage arrangement of boxes 7 other items with the removalist (if using)
  3. Do a final walk through the house discussing priorities of move.
  4. Set aside and carry all valuables and important papers and passports with you.
  5. Ensure your children and pets are safe and comfortable during the move.
  6. Once the truck is packed turn off all essential services, hand over keys.
  7. Finish cleaning the house while the removalist unloads the goods in your Self Storage Australia space.
  8. Leave a note at your old address with your forwarding details and lock everything.
  9. Check that your storage space has a lock and you have the keys in a secure place.
  10. Have a cup of tea/coffee; pat yourself on the back for finishing the move and rest assured that your goods are safe with Self Storage Australia.

Caravans, boats and vehicle storage

Self-Storage-Australia-caravan-storageCaravans, boats, cars, Trailers and trucks can all be accommodated in specially designated external parking bays and / or locked compounds. All security monitored it is a safe, inexpensive way to store vehicles and equipment.

Security and Access

camerasHave the confidence that your possessions are safe, secure and well protected with Self Storage Australia.

We take extra care and high tech easy to use electronic gates, digital keys or keypads and 24 hour security monitoring often make the choice of storing at Self Storage Australia safer than your own home.

Self Storage Australia  has constant surveillance with over 30 security cameras protecting your property.

At Self Storage Australia only you hold the key to your unit.

Extended access hours and electronic entry mean you can visit your storage space generally when you want, even on public holidays.

All units are sanitised using environmentally bio degradable products and kept scrupulously clean as we pride ourselves on being the best.

With a huge range in storage sizes available we can match the area to your needs so you are not paying for space you do not want.