Moving homes is always a stressful experience. You can make it less so with proper planning, but the truth is it will never be easy. That’s why here at Zippy Shell Louisiana we have a few tips about how you can store your items when moving to Houma and keep them safe. The last thing you want is to finish up your moving process and end up with damaged possessions. There are a few simple things you can do to make your moving process easier in the long run.
Decide which items to store
If you’re downsizing or simply aren’t ready to let go of some items but don’t want them in your new home, you have to decide what they are. A good way to go about this is to have a plan on what your new home will look like. For example, your couch doesn’t go along with your new living room. You can put it in storage until you think up what to do with it. Our storage units Houma LA might just be the thing you’re looking for. Be sure to give us a call.
We’d also like to suggest that you don’t store things you won’t be using again. This can be difficult if you’re not sure about some of your possessions. But it is much more productive to simply let go of things you don’t have a place for. Selling it online, a garage sale or even a local market are all good options.
Donating certain things or gifting them to friends and family are also good options.
Don’t forget to keep an inventory of everything you’re placing in storage!
Get the right storage containers
This can seem obvious, but for people without previous storage experience, we’d still like to point it out. Clear plastic containers are a favorite among most consumers. Placing your possessions in containers will ensure that they don’t get dusty and damaged. Why clear? Simply so that you can see where what is!
- If you decide on cardboard boxes, be sure to pick sturdy and brand-new ones. This way you’ll know that the boxes will stay in their best condition for longer. And properly protect your items.
- When buying clear containers, also choose ones made of hard, sturdy plastic. These will most likely never lose their sturdiness and will protect your items for the longest time.
- Try and avoid recycled boxes, they might wear down quicker. Also, plastic bags are a no-no! They can trap moisture and lead to molding.
Prepare your items for storage
Before you actually get to sorting and packing, your items will need a bit of preparation. We suggest doing the following:
- Clean your items thoroughly. This will make sure that no previous dust can damage them.
- Be sure to dry them completely. Imagine the horror of half-dried items being stored in a closed container. Can’t turn out well!
- Vaccum all your furniture. Although it can be time-consuming, this way you will have the best results with your storage.
- Consider disassembling some of the bulkier furniture. This can save quite a bit of space, but also help keep the individual parts of the furniture safe.
Packing appliances or electronics?
The packing process of some of your more fragile possessions is a bit different. But it’s still important to know when you store your items while moving to Houma.
When it comes to washing machines or dishwashers, you have to be sure everything is drained. This will prevent mold or any of the inner mechanisms from becoming broken. It will also save you from these appliances acquiring an unpleasant smell. This goes for refrigerators as well as freezers. Fridges and freezers need to be completely defrosted and we even suggest wiping them down with baking soda. We want no unpleasant odors!
Electronics are a bit different, but still very important to store properly. Usually packing your electronics in their original boxes is more than enough. But, we know not everyone keeps every single box of every electronic. If you’re packing your electronics without the original boxes, finding ones of a similar size is a good way to combat the problem. Otherwise, simply look out to storage every cable and item in soft packing paper. If placing more things inside the same box, a good idea is to fill up the empty space with packing peanuts or paper.
We don’t recommend storing very expensive items that would create a huge problem if damaged.
For easier use after storage, be sure to label your boxes. If you ever need something from your storage facility, this way you’ll know exactly where to look for it. Another tip we have for you is to look out to place boxes that weigh more closer to the floor. Stacking is inevitable, but that’s why you should look out to put the heaviest on the floor and stack the lighter boxes.
Also, always be mindful to seal everything tightly! We wouldn’t want any moisture to enter your containers.
In need of movers?
It’s very important to have movers you can trust with your belongings and with a job as crucial as transporting your goods. It’s not a simple decision to make.
Our Louisiana movers are here to offer our services. Whatever the situation may be, we offer it all. Commercial moving, long-distance moving, local moving, you name it. If you’re searching for trustworthy, experienced movers to ease your whole moving process, give us a call. Nothing is too big of a job for us!
Otherwise, just look out for scammers and be sure to check out the moving company in person if possible. The easiest way to avoid a scammer is to just show up at their address.
Now that you know how to store your items when moving to Houma, we are sure you’ll have a much easier time enjoying your new home.