6. Food Quarantine
Food can attract rodents, insects and other pests. It can also rot and create nasty odours. Never put food (even canned or dried food) in long term storage. Also check all your goods for food debris or residue. Kitchenware, backpacks and clothing pockets are likely culprits here.
7. Protect Your Valuables
For valuables such as jewellery and coins, or irreplaceable items such as photos, you might consider alternative storage such as in a safety deposit box or with a friend or relative. If you do put them into a storage facility consider using a lockable and fireproof box to keep them extra safe.
8. Make Copies of Important Documents
Make a backup copy important records such as bank statements, tax records, marriage licenses, titles, wills and deeds. Digital back-ups are great for this as you can keep many boxes worth of of paper documents on a disk or thumb drive. If you don’t have a scanner, there are many commercial document scanning services available that will do this for you quickly and efficiently. You might even consider destroying the paper documents and storing a digital copy instead to save loads of space.
9. No Flammables!
Never store flammable substances such as petrol, kerosene, firelighters or gas bottles as these can endanger not only your goods but the entire storage facility. Before storing petrol powered tools such as a lawn mowers, be sure to drain the fuel tank first. Take all gas bottles and cylinders back to a recycling agent. You might even get some money back.
10. Fragile Items
Ensure all fragile items, such as glasses and china, are wrapped in bubblewrap, newspapers, old clothing when boxing them. You might even consider using foam peanuts.
11. Furniture and Appliances
Before storing goods long term, first vacuum all soft furniture and wipe down hard furniture to ensure it is dust free. Then cover the furniture with clean sheets or drop cloths before you store them. Similarly, appliances carefully before storage. White goods such as fridges, freezers and washing machines should be been drained and dried before you store them.