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 possibly stain). Nest cups and bowls, stand plates, saucers, platters, casseroles on their edges. Fill any gaps in the carton 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.
Empty the contents of wardrobes, drawers and cupboards to protect the shelving and structure of these items. Clothing and personals goods should be packed in strong secure cartons with some naphthalane, mothballs or similar product to protect and maintain their condition. Where possible remove the legs from items of furniture e.g. bed bases, tables, etc to avoid damage and save space. Vacuum food crumbs from lounges to prevent attracting vermin.
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 freezer is also a good idea to maintain freshness. Do not store items inside fridges or freezers as the shelves and linings can be easily marked and damaged.
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).
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 prevent rust.
We recommend that you remove the batteries to avoid damage from leaking batteries.
Your electrical equipment is very delicate and sensitive and should be handled with car. 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. Turntables and ton 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.
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 heads”. If you are unsure about your computer, refer to the manufacturer’s manual, or consult your retailer, especially if storing for longer than six months.
Any goods that are illegal, stolen, inflammable, explosive, environmentally harmful, hazardous, perishable or that are a risk to the property of any person (e.g. chlorine, acid, paint, paint thinner, solvents, gas bottles, pets, food, living things, compost bins, worm farms and petrol) Ensure mowers, whipper snippers and equipment are emptied of petrol or other fuel, and that BBQ surfaces are clean and gas bottles are empty.