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Hints and Tips

The Deception Bay Self Storage team are here to help you with your storage needs. Using our expertise, we have put together some hints and tips for storing your stuff. If you need further assistance we are just an e-mail or phone call away.

Moving Checklist

When you are moving, don’t forget to arrange disconnection/reconnection of essential services such as electricity, gas and phone.  Your local post office will assist you with mail redirection. Some examples of people you should notify of your change of address are…

  • Electoral office
  • Department of Transport
  • ATO
  • Your bank
  • Your insurance company
  • Your school (if you have school aged children)
  • Centrelink (Pension payments, Family Payments etc )
  • Medicare

Selecting a Self Storage Unit

The Deception Bay Self Storage team can help you choose a storage unit that best suits your needs. An efficiently packed small unit will cost less than a larger unit. If you frequently use the unit, a larger unit with well organized (racks and file boxes), may be more convenient. We cater both domestic and commercial clients.

Organising your Storage Unit

When packing your unit, place the larger items at the back 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 for your Unit

The use of packing accessories such as cartons, port-a-robes, paper, tape, bubble-wrap, and plastic covers will maintain and protect your goods whilst in storage. We sell a variety of packing accessories. Fill cartons to capacity: partially full or bulging cartons may 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 labeling 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.

Storing 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 deodorizer placed inside fridges or freezers is also a good idea to maintain freshness. Don’t place items in the fridges or freezers as the shelves and linings can be easily marked and damaged.

Storing battery-operated Appliances & Toys

We recommend that you remove the batteries to avoid damage from leaking batteries.

Storing Computers

Computers, like your other electrical items, need special care. The original boxes are highly recommended for packing. However bubble-wrap and good quality packing cartons will do the job. Remember to use some packing or linen in the bottom and top of cartons. This provides extra protection to the contents. Pack out any gaps. Most modern computers have self parking beads. If you are unsure about your computer, refer to the manufacturer’s manual, or consult your retailer. Especially if storing for longer then six months.

Storing Dishes & Glasses

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 possible stain ). Nest cups and bowls, stand plates, saucers, platters, casseroles on their edges. Fill any gaps in the cartons with packing eg 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.

Storing Electrical Equipment

All equipment should be thoroughly cleaned and dry before it is stored.

Storing Fabric items

All items need to be clean and free from anything that may attract pests.

Storing 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 to avoid damage and save space. Vacuum food crumbs from lounges to prevent attracting vermin.

Storing Metal items

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

Storing Mirrors, Windows, Screens & Paintings

These items should be protected by packing material eg bubble-wrap or in a flat-pack carton. Store them standing on their edges in an upright position (not lying flat).

Storing Stereo’s, TV’s & Videos

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 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.

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 such as chlorine, acid, paint, petrol, gas bottles.