To avoid water damage, dampness and mould when storing your fridge/freezer, it is important to ensure that you empty and defrost your fridge and give it enough time to dry before storing it. Once this is done store your fridge/freezer upright with the doors slightly open to prevent odour build up and mould. An old rag in the door is a great way to prevent the fridge/freezer doors from closing.
Small & Large Sized Furniture
It is important to remove all contents from any drawers and cupboards prior to storage, even if it is only temporary. When in transit, any items that are left behind can potentially damage furniture and makes it heavier to move. A great trick is to use old blankets or towels to wrap your furniture to prevent any scratches. This will also protect walls and doorways as you move the furniture in and out of storage.
Dishes & Glassware
To avoid boxes of broken dishes and glassware, it is essential to make sure that you take the time to pack them away properly. We recommend that you individually wrap each item in bubble, (newspaper if you don’t have any) and pack them carefully in the box. Fill in any gaps with paper or fabric such as pillowcases or small towels to make sure that everything fits in tightly to stop individual items from moving and breaking during transit.
Hi-Fi, TVs & Audio
Whenever possible, be sure to keep the original boxes for your TV, computer and any audio devices as they will fit snugly. If you do not have the original boxes, then find one of a similar size (many shops have them for free) and tape up any rips or holes to stop anything from getting in. Towels can be used to protect screens from scratches and moving inside boxes that are not original. All batteries should be removed and stored separately to avoid leaks which will damage electrical equipment.
Garage & Shed Items
When storing garage and shed items that have been used outdoors, it is important to thoroughly clean them to make sure that there is no dirt or vegetation attached. This will prevent damage to your garage and shed items and will prevent dirt from spreading to any other belongings. It is also extremely important that all fuel tanks have been emptied prior to storage as this poses a fire hazard.
Books, Files or other archives
When storing books, files, archives or anything else that is paper based, it is important to keep them in small or medium sized airtight, waterproof containers. This will ensure that your books do not mould and that they are able to be easily lifted and moved for transport. It is also important to lay the book flat rather than standing them up as this can damage their spine over time. For special documents, you can also wrap them in paper towel or cloth to further prevent damage.