Storing items will be a huge priority right now for people who have been flood-affected and for those moving home. To cut down on some of the stress, we’ve prepared a checklist for you to consider when storing your stuff.
1. De-clutter. Hire a skip bin and throw out all those items that are severely damaged, broken, and bits of unloved, unused stuff that follow you from home to home.
2. Decide what items will accompany you into your next home and which (if any) of these are going into storage.
3. If you’re using a storage facility it’s wise to inspect the facility prior to signing on. Also, read the fine print carefully and make sure it suits your long or short-term requirements. Some facilities require lengthy periods of notice before allowing you access to your goods. Many storage units remain unsupervised when it comes to what is actually being stored and where. Your neighbouring compartment may contain dangerous goods, liquids that may leak or other nasty surprises that can put your items in jeopardy.
4. Removalists store your goods in approved areas only accessible by approved personnel. Their storage facilities conform with OH&S standards and are monitored to provide protection from pests, flood and fire.
5. Insurance is also a key factor. It is unlikely that your home and contents policy will cover items kept in storage. Discuss insurance options with your removalist or storage supplier.
6. Prepare your belongings to maximise their safety and lifespan! Clothes should be sealed in airtight packages to reduce the risk of deterioration. Carpets and rugs should be cleaned prior to storing. Refrigerators should be cleaned with hot soapy water and a little bleach, then dried before storing.