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Moving and packing tips
Moving and packing tips
Spring and summer months make for great transition times. If you’re moving or getting organized, these are the seasons for an optimal move. But wait … before you take action, take in these thoughts from Storage1One on packing and storing items.
HOW HOT/Cold Is It Inside My Storage Unit?
Don't worry about it! Inside our Heated and Cooled Climate controlled units the temperatures range between 60-84 degrees Your items wont freeze or melt!
FOOD ITEMS (EVEN NON-PERISHABLE ITEMS) CAN GO BAD AND CAUSE ISSUES IN STORAGE. We do not allow them.
Packaging can be sensitive to high temperatures and leave even non-perishable food items vulnerable to spillage and unwanted critters. Insects, rodents, mold, and more can move in quickly with the temperature rising and falling … then factor in humidity, it can be a recipe for disaster.
It's ok to pack away items with batteries. These items will last longer in our climate controlled units, but the best bet is to remove them.
FLAMMABLE, HAZARDOUS, OR TOXIC MATERIALS ARE NOT TO BE STORED IN OUR Facility.
Hazardous materials cover a broad spectrum and might include grease, motor oil, fertilizer, paint, and more. Really any kind of fuel. In addition to that, remember that packaging can fail in storage. Your substance could leak, spreading over your belongings and leaving damage everywhere.
These are just a few of the more notable storage no-nos. Storage1One has one of the area’s largest conditioned storage facility and we’re here to help you. Call us with your questions, or set up an appointment to see a storage unit today!
Preparing for your move.
We all know someone who has lost a fragile item in a move. Broken or non-replaceable making it useless. It can add stress and unhappiness to your moving experience.
It’s our job here at Storage1One to provide you storage services, but we’ve also got the right tips to help you in moving your goods.
Always Be Prepared.
It is our belief that a rushed move is a perilous one. Start your planning well in advance. We recommend breaking down your belongings in a list by room so that you know just how many boxes and how much packing materials are needed.
Quality packing materials are a must!
Don’t scrimp when it comes to boxes and packing materials. You might be tempted to get free boxes from friends or area businesses, but beware. Boxes that have already been used could be at risk for collapse or be frayed from taping them closed too many times. If boxes have already been sitting somewhere in damp conditions, they could provide a damaging environment for your belongings as well. Wide packing tape, fresh packing paper, bubble wrap, and sturdy boxes will make your job a lot easier!
FINALLY, Let the Packing Begin!
When you’ve got your materials all lined up, it’s time to start packing. Here are several easy to follow tips to reduce breakage.
Plates are best packed vertically and wrapped individually in bubble wrap. Line the top and bottom of the box with wadded up packing paper for extra precaution. Glasses are a different case entirely. Wrap each glass individually with packing paper and place an extra piece of crumpled paper inside the open area. Don’t scrimp on the packing paper and as always, place the heaviest items on the bottom.
When it comes to specialty items including breakable antiques and odd-shaped items, wrap in bubble wrap, but then sandwich the item between two sturdy pieces of cardboard. Tape, tape, tape … when in doubt, put some more tape. Then be placed in a durable box and nestled with packing paper. Make sure that no protruding pieces are at risk by keeping the item snug and stable.
Although Storage1One does not provide packing services, We have contacts that do. Call 217-257-3194 today for our assistance if you’re nervous about a do-it-yourself move!