Hints & Tips!

TALK TO OUR FRIENDLY STAFF ABOUT STORAGE SPACE

Ask our staff to help you choose a space that best suits your needs. An efficiently packed small space will cost less than a larger space. If you frequently use the space, a larger space with well organised (racks and file boxes), may be more convenient.

ACCESS:

Easy access for vehicles and removal trucks.
HINTS TO SAVE YOU TIME and MONEY
The use of packing accessories such as Cartons, Paper, Tape, Bubble-wrap and Plastic covers will maintain and protect your goods whilst in storage. A variety of packing accessories are available for purchase at Palms Rural Self Storage.

PLANNING YOUR STORAGE SPACE

As a general rule place large, heavy items that you can stack upon at the rear 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 in professional storage cartons will make the stowing and unpacking easier and safer, saving you time and worry.

INSURE YOUR GOODS IN STORAGE

The goods you place in a space are yours and remain your sole responsibility. You should always have them covered by insurance. Your goods are not automatically insured by Palms Rural Self Storage. Check with your company’s insurance provider to see if you are covered. If not, we will be able to assist you with the provision of insurance cover.

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. e.g. Chlorine, acid, paint, petrol.

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 deodoriser placed inside fridges or freezers is also a good idea to maintain freshness.

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. Where possible remove the legs from items of furniture eg. bed bases, tables etc to avoid damage and save space. Vacuum food crumbs from lounges to prevent attracting vermin.

DISHES and GLASSWARE

Place a layer of packing inside the bottom and top of cartons containing breakables. Protect fragile items by wrapping them individually in packing paper. Nest cups and bowls, stand plates, saucers, platters, casseroles on their edges. Fill any gaps in the cartons with packing e.g. 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.

MIRRORS, WINDOWS, SCREENS and PAINTINGS

These items should be protected by packing material e.g. bubble-wrap or in a flat-pack carton. Store them standing on their edges in an upright position (not lying flat).
Battery Operated Appliances and Toys – We recommend that you remove the batteries to avoid damage from leaking batteries.

FABRIC ITEMS

All items need to be clean and free from anything that may attract pests. We sells boxes and packing materials to help protect your items.

METAL ITEMS

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

STEREOS, TELEVISIONS AND VIDEOS, COMPUTERS, ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT

All equipment should be thoroughly cleaned and dry before it is stored. 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 your electrical items. Remember to pack out any gaps in the cartons.

FILES, RECORDS and OTHER DOCUMENTS

Pack books flat to protect their spines. Use suitable archive boxes or packing cartons. This will save you space, simplify retrieval and offer the best protection for your goods or records. Use packing to fill out empty pockets in the boxes. Clearly label all boxes to identify contents. Put lighter boxes on top to prevent collapse of those underneath.