Your Guide to Self Storage
Time and Money
Planning you Storage Space
- Large, heavy items you can stack other goods on are generally stored at the back. Work forward and upwards with lighter, fragile items.
- Store goods you’ll need to access at the front of the space, or leave a walkway to the rear if necessary.
- Using professional storage cartons and accessories gives maximum protection and makes stowing and unpacking easier and safer.
Mirrors, Windows, Screens & Paintings
- Protect these items with packing material like bubble wrap and store them on their edges.
Televisions, Video & Music Equipment
- If you’ve kept the original boxes and packing materials, reuse them. Otherwise, bubble wrap items individually and store them in sealed cartons, remembering to fill all gaps with packing to protect and prevent movement.
- Secure turntables and tone arms of record players to prevent damage and pack records and CDs on their edge.
Mowers & Other Machinery
- Drain fuel and oil to reduce the risk of damage to other goods and avoid a possible fire hazard. Please place old carpet or cardboard under item.
- Wrap silverware in non-acid tissue paper or store in plastic bags to reduce tarnishing.
- Wipe chrome and cast iron items in a cloth impregnated with a little machine oil to retard rust.
Battery-operated Toys & Appliances
- We recommend removal of batteries to avoid damage from leaking acids.
- Again, if you’ve kept the original boxes and packing materials we recommend you reuse them. However, bubble wrap and good quality cartons will also do the job. Remember to use packing material to line the top and bottom, and to pack the gaps to protect the equipment and prevent movement.
- Most computers have ‘self-parking heads’, but if you’re unsure about moving and storing your electrical equipment, refer to the manufacturer’s manual, or consult your retailer, especially if storing for more than six months.
- Arrange disconnection and reconnection of services like power, gas and phone.
- Cancel deliveries like the paper and drinks, and organize redirection of mail with the post office.
Authorities and businesses to notify of your change of address include:
- Electoral office, vehicle registration office, banks and financial advisers, taxation office, insurers, educational institutions, the Department of Social Security, Medicare, clubs and subscriptions.
The Storage Agreement
- The Self Storage Association of Australasia advises the use of the Standard Self Storage Agreement to protect the storer and the storage centre owner. It is an important document. Be sure to read it thoroughly. If you have any questions ask the staff at the Self Storage centre.
What can’t I Store?
- Common sense and laws set down by government departments and authorities determine what can and can’t be stored. However, under your Self Storage Agreement you can’t store hazardous, dangerous, illegal, stolen, perishable, environmentally harmful goods or explosive goods.
- The goods you have in a Self Storage space are yours and remain your sole responsibility. You should always have them covered by insurance. Your goods are not insured by the Self Storage centre.
- Check with your insurance provide to see if your cover has provision for items in storage – you may already be covered. If not, your Self Storage consultant should be able to assist you with the provision of insurance cover.
Easy Flexible Convenient Self Storage
- Self Storage is cost effective
- Self Storage is convenient
- Self Storage is flexible, allowing you to increase or decrease the amount of space to suit your specific requirements
- Access is convenient and easy
- No appointment needed for access
- Only you control the key to your space
- You maintain total control over who is allowed to access the space
Self Storage provides the answer
Self Storage Allows you to:
- Choose the amount of space you need
- Choose the length of time you store
- Only pay for the space you need