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Packing Tips

The following packing tips will simplify your move and help define your personal storage needs.

  • Label all boxes when packing. It will make your moving day out of storage much easier, and help you determine what boxes to leave in front of your unit for quick access.
  • Use furniture drawers for delicate items. Wrap them in bubble wrap or packing paper and label them as "FRAGILE."
  • Fill each box completely to prevent collapse. Seal with strong packing tape. Number your boxes and mark contents on two sides of each box. Boxes of uniform size stack more efficiently.
  • Be careful not to store anything combustible (such as paint and chemicals) or perishable (such as food that is not permanently sealed.)
  • Drain any fluids prior to storing lawn and garden equipment, in order to avoid corrosive damage.
  • Use trash cans to store shovels, hoes and rakes.
  • When storing delicate heirlooms, use specially constructed boxes, such as wardrobe boxes, and utilize dehumidifiers to prevent mildew build up. Remember to label these boxes "FRAGILE."
  • Mattresses should be covered and stored flat on level surfaces.
  • Store small items, like pots and pans, in large appliances such as stoves or refrigerators.
  • Break down items (such as table legs) and store large furniture (like tabletops and sofas) on end to save space.
  • Use protective covers and treat wood surfaces before storing.
  • Be sure everything you pack and store is clean and dry to prevent damage from moths and mildew.
  • Allow plenty of time for packing. It usually takes much longer than people expect.
Packing Tips

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