Depending of course on the circumstances, you may find it necessary to put some fragile items into self-storage. You’ll probably do your best to avoid this, but if you can’t then simply follow these straightforward steps and all of your fragile items should be perfectly fine when you retrieve them some time later.
Imagine that you’re putting these items into checked luggage on a flight
This is the mindset to get into. It won’t really be that bad, of course, and you certainly won’t need to wrap your fragile items inside dirty underwear … but if you think like this up front and prepare accordingly, then you’re almost certain not to encounter any problems.
It all starts with the wrapping
Makes sense, doesn’t it? Very delicately wrap everything in bubble wrap, and plenty of it. More than one layer. And once you’ve done that, label the item so you know what it is when you open it perhaps months later. Put a THIS WAY UP label on it too.
And then the packing
Having wrapped them all up, arrange them very carefully in their storage box. Imagine that the box might be shunted around (it won’t, but it’s a precaution worth taking). Use crumpled or shredded paper or Styrofoam to pack the space between the items.
What about the type of box?
For starters, use high quality sturdy boxes, that won’t get damaged or dented. Again, nothing will happen to them while in storage, it’s just another level of protection – a sort of fail-safe. Plastic, or failing that heavy duty cardboard is best.
Also, try and use the same sized boxes for all your fragile items (if you need more than one). This will mean that you can stack them in the storage facility more easily and they are less likely to fall over.
Don’t make the boxes too big, either. Because they’re probably lightweight, you may be tempted to use larger boxes to get more stuff in. But think about carrying them – and potentially dropping them! Make it easy on yourself.
FRAGILE – PLEASE HANDLE WITH CARE – THIS WAY UP
Next, imagine that it’s not you carrying these precious boxes into and out of your storage facility – as indeed it may not be. You’d want them to be handled very carefully indeed. So make it very clear – with big, bold labels – which way up the boxes are to be carried and stored and what’s inside them.
Self storage Fulham
Finally, you’ve done all that, and your final choice is which personal storage facility to use. You want one that is conveniently located; that provides a safe, clean, dry, secure environment; value for money; flexible terms; and delivers outstanding customer service.
It turns out that this is the easiest decision of them all – you’ve found us!
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