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How to Pack for Long-term Storage


Space in the city is one of the biggest concerns for most people. The square-footage cost of an apartment or house in a good location makes most people realize they need to downsize their lifestyle at some point. For some people, this means donating or recycling seldom-used items. Other people look into storage options for the items they cannot stand to part with. Long-term storage is often cheaper than renting out a larger apartment, but only if your belongings are properly protected for future use. If items are going into storage for more than a few days, packing properly becomes critical. Before making any decisions regarding how to pack for long-term storage, here are some things to take into consideration after you have hired companies for moving and storage Brooklyn has.

How to choose good storage?

Looking for the best storage facilities for your items to be stored is crucial. There are some things that every reliable and reputable storage company should offer you. From the security that is protecting your items 24/7, to the alarm, such as theft, smoke, and fire alarms. These are just the conditions that storage must-have. The additional things, like video surveillance, are just one more advantage of some storage facilities over others.

red fire alarm on the wall
Choose storage that has fire alarms

But there is one thing that makes storage reliable and good. And that is the climate-controlled system. The humidity level must be on the same numbers all the time. The items should not be damaged if the level of humidity is being kept on the right level. Your clothes and books will be safe the time you need. If the storage facility has all of these listed, it is reliable and you can prepare for packing the items in long-term storage.

What to do first when you want to pack for long-term storage

The first thing to consider is whether or not you want to pay for packing services. Although professionals may have a better idea of how to deal with storing electronics and fragile items when renting self storage Brooklyn has, many people find it more beneficial to pack for storage on their own. When you pack your own belongings you know exactly what is where, you can organize items according to their use, and your labels are more meaningful.

How to properly pack?

When packing for long-term storage make sure that you use sturdy boxes and plenty of packing material. Try to avoid using newspaper as the ink can bleed onto your belongings over time. Instead use packing paper, styrofoam, or bubble wrap. Similar to short-term packing, heavier items should be packed on the bottom and lighter items on top. Fabrics should be packed with dryer sheets or mothballs to prevent decay and all boxes should be properly sealed with packing tape. Some of the best storage companies NYC has on offer are spacy enough to place all the boxes you have packed and prepared for storage. So think about hiring them when you want to pack for long-term storage.

Boxes for you to pack for long-term storage
Choose the right packing supplies.

Cleaning is important

Before you pack your items in boxes for long-term storage, make sure that all the items are clean. Placing them in boxes or other packing materials while they still have dirt or dust on them will not only be hard work while unpacking them. It will also give you an extra job when unpacking or getting it out of storage. So in order to place them clean and maintain them in the same shape, they were before packed, make sure you clean them properly.

  • Use soft materials for sensitive items. Make sure that the cloth you will be using for cleaning the dust s soft and has no other stains on it.
  • Make sure that you do not use any hard and contagious liquids if you lean. Use the cleaning products that are made for certain materials.
  • Do not leave anything wet in the box. Make sure that if something is wet after cleaning dries before being placed in the box.

Additional tips when you pack for long-term storage

If you are packing furniture, make sure that it is covered and wrapped in soft cloths. You can always search for specialized packing supplies such as mattress bags. This way your mattresses stay clean and fresh after getting them for storage. When it comes to packing appliances for long-term storage, you must defrost the refrigerator and drain the water from the washing machine. Secure all the hoses you have. This is also the case with cables for the appliances.

Clothes and books are also easy to be packed. If you are packing clothes, make sure that they are washed and fresh clean before being packed. Hand the clothes on clothes rails and pack them in boxes that are made for packing clothes. The best thing that you can do is to place them in special vacuum bags. You can take all air from the box and make some more space. And if you are packing the books, make sure the boxes are not overloaded and that you take care of the edges of the books. Make sure that the paper does not fold and they will be secured and safe in long-term storage.

Organizing storage

When you move your items into your storage space make sure that you have room to maneuver and can reach individual boxes. Try to keep similar boxes together, sectioning by season, use, or room. Also, make sure that the labels are facing out so they can be easily read. Most office moving companies NYC has will recommend a storage unit near your home or office to make accessing your belongings easier.

clothes ready on clothes rails
Make sure you clean your clothes before you pack for long-term storage

New York moving and storage is a part of life. People rarely stay in the same place their entire life. Renting a long-term storage unit allows you to move only the items you use regularly while maintaining access to seasonal items such as sports equipment and decorations. If these items are given extra care when you pack for long-term storage they should last for years.

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Frequently Asked Questions

At U.Santini Moving & Storage Brooklyn, we've earned our reputation through honesty and transparency. We're here to address all your questions and provide peace of mind as you choose our moving services in Brooklyn.

What are your working hours?

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Does U.Santini Moving & Storage offer insurance?

Absolutely! We offer various types of insurance to protect your belongings, including a full replacement option. The cost depends on how much your things are worth and the deductible you choose.

How soon should I schedule my move?

It's a good idea to book your moving company at least 8 weeks before your move. If you're moving during the holidays or in the summer, it's best to schedule it 12 weeks ahead. But if your move is between September and May, you can often book movers with just 2 weeks' notice. The key is to secure your moving crew as soon as you have all the details about your move.

Do you provide packing supplies?

Yes, we do. Along with the necessary boxes and packing materials for your move, we offer various 'Saver' packages tailored to the size of your home. If you don't use all the boxes you purchased, you can return them to our team after the move, and we'll refund the unused portion.

What type of storage do you offer?

At U. Santini Moving & Storage Brooklyn, we offer complete storage solutions in climate-controlled units. Our units are monitored 24/7 to keep your belongings safe, whether you need short-term or long-term storage. We even provide storage options for very short durations, including as little as 24 hours.

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