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Storage & Packing Tips

At Hi-Tech Self Storage on the Sunshine Coast, we are here to help you with your storage needs. Here is some advice to get started . If you need further assistance we are just an e-mail or phone call away. We pride ourselves on our personalized service.

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Moving Checklist

Arrange disconnection and reconnection of services, eg Power, Gas, Phone. Cancel any deliveries, eg papers, milk, soft drinks. Your local post office will assist you with mail redirection. Authorities and Business houses to notify of your change of address are…

✅ Motor Vehicle
✅ Registration and License Authority.

✅ Taxation Office, Banks and Financial Advisers
✅ Insurance Companies
✅ Department of Social Security (Pension payments, Family Payments etc)

✅ Electoral Office
✅ Medicare
✅ Subscriptions.

✅ Educational Institutions
✅ Club Memberships

Better business through Self Storage

  • Hi-Tech Self Storage is cost effective.
  • Hi-Tech Self Storage is safe.
  • Hi-Tech Self Storage is convenient.
  • Hi-Tech Self Storage allows you to expand your business without expanding your premises.
  • Hi-Tech Self Storage is flexible, allowing you to increase or decrease the amount of space to suit your specific requirements at any time.
  • Access is convenient and easy
  • No appointment needed for access. Access hours are 6am – 8pm, 7 days a week.
  • You control the key for your space.
  • You maintain total control over who is allowed to access the space.
  • Businesses of all types, sizes and maturity can benefit using Hi-Tech Self Storage spaces.
  • Expanding businesses may be limited by lack of appropriate in-house storage space.

Self Storage for Business

  • Almost anything can be stored and organized for use in Hi-Tech Self Storage
  • Office files
  • Mobile equipment
  • Seasonal decorations
  • Theatrical scenery
  • Campaign materials
  • Business records
  • Manufacturers samples
  • Additional supplies
  • Hi-Tech Self Storage may help your travelling sales people by having stock on hand.

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. Professional packing and storage accessories will provide your goods with the preparation they need for storage and maintain their condition for the term of storage.

Selecting a Self Storage Space

Ask the owners at Hi-Tech Self Storage 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 organized (racks and file boxes), may be more convenient. At Hi-Tech Self Storage we are able to make modifications to meet your specific needs. At Hi-Tech Self Storage we offer additional services to help our business clients.

Save time & money

The use of packing accessories such as cartons, port-a-robes, paper, tape, bubble-wrap, and plastic covers will maintain and protect your goods whilst in storage. A variety of packing accessories are available at Hi-Tech Self Storage. Fill cartons to capacity: partially full or bulging cartons may collapse. Heavy items like books or tools should be packed in small cartons so they are easy to handle. Books should be packed flat, not on their spines. Packing and labeling cartons room by room makes the unpacking much easier, and if you need to find something in storage you will have some idea of which carton to begin looking in.

Important information

Insurance

The goods you place in storage at Hi-Tech Self Storage are yours and remain your sole responsibility. You should always have them covered by insurance. Your goods are not insured by Hi-Tech Self Storage. Check with your current insurance provider to see if your belongings, already has provisions for items stored off site. You may already have it covered. If not, ask the owners at Hi-Tech Self Storage to assist you with provisions of insurance cover.

The Self Storage Agreement

The Self Storage Association of Australasia advises the use of the Standard Self Storage Agreement for the protection of the storer and the facility owner. It is an important document. Be sure to read it thoroughly. If you have any questions ask the owners at Hi-Tech Self Storage.

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 eg. Chlorine, acid, paint, petrol, gas bottles.

Storing tips

Storing 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 deodorizer placed inside fridges or freezers is also a good idea to maintain freshness. Don’t place items in the fridges or freezers as the shelves and linings can be easily marked and damaged.

Storing battery-operated Appliances & Toys

We recommend that you remove the batteries to avoid damage from leaking batteries.

Storing Computers

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 beads. If you are unsure about your computer, refer to the manufacturer’s manual, or consult your retailer. Especially if storing for longer then six months.

Storing Dishes & Glasses

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 possible stain ). Nest cups and bowls, stand plates, saucers, platters, casseroles on their edges. Fill any gaps in the cartons with packing eg 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.

Storing Electrical Equipment

All equipment should be thoroughly cleaned and dry before it is stored.

Storing Fabric items

All items need to be clean and free from anything that may attract pests. Hi-Tech Self Storage sell boxes and packing materials to help protect your items.

Storing 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 with some naphthalene, mothballs or similar product to protect and maintain their condition. 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.

Storing Metal items

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

Storing Mirrors, Windows, Screens & Paintings

These items should be protected by packing material eg bubble-wrap or in a flat-pack carton. Store them standing on their edges in an upright position (not lying flat).

Storing Stereo’s, TV’s & Videos

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 electrical items. Remember to pack out any gaps in the cartons. Turntables and tone 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.