You may be a bit nervous about packing your items for long-term storage. However, with the proper preparation and the right company, your items can come out of long-term storage in pristine condition. There are some items that some people would never think could be stored safely. There are some big “no-nos” such as hazardous or flammable materials, animals, plants, and weapons. However, most anything outside those narrow restrictions can be placed in long-term storage.
1. Cars and Motor Vehicles
Even something as large as a car can be put into long-term storage if you know how to properly prepare. Here are few steps you need to take before you place your car in long-term storage:
- Thoroughly clean your car, inside and out
- Get your oil changed
- Purchase a quality cover
- Disconnect the negative battery cable
- Don’t use the parking break
- Check your tire pressure
If you have any specific questions, your moving company can help you prep your car for long-term storage.
2. Washers and Dryers
There is a big misconception that you cannot store washers or dryers in long-term storage. The most important thing to remember when placing your washer and dryer into storage is to dry the inside completely prior to storing. Moisture can rust your washer or dryer as well as causing other items in your storage container to mold and mildew.
3. Large Antique Items
The right storage facility can keep your antique items safe and damage free, even large or temperature-sensitive items. Environmental conditions affect all items in storage, but climate is especially important for antiques. Large fluctuations in temperature can cause wood to expand and contract quickly, which causes cracking. It is important that you request temperature regulated storage facilities for your large antique items.
4. Computers and Electronics
Just like antiques, electronics are especially susceptible to heat and moisture. When electronics are exposed to extreme temperatures, they can malfunction. Electronics are best kept in temperature-regulated storage facilities. Double check to make sure everything is off and unplugged before packing. If your electronics run on batteries, remove them prior to storing. If you are nervous about storing an especially expensive piece of equipment, double check with your moving company. They may have additional recommendations for long-term storage.
If you are in need of long-term storage as part of your move, contact myBekins at [phone]. We are happy to provide you with a free moving and storage estimate.