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11 May 2012

3 Must Have Packaging Materials when Putting Belongings in Storage

Storage services have come a long way since they began a few years ago. The industry has been committed towards simplifying the entire storage experience, bit by bit. Given that there are many operators in the market, choosing the best one simply becomes a task of evaluating one’s own needs. The other points to consider are the operators’ capabilities to deliver on those parameters and ensuring that the best terms and conditions are offered, so as to meet the allocated budget.

One of the key elements to cover when putting up one’s belongings in storage; is packaging materials. Get this right along with the storage operator of choice and the entire experience is on track to being a pleasant one. But putting belongings in storage does not mean hiring a unit and turning it into a dump yard of sorts. Storing is a well thought out, planned activity that ensures that the belongings are preserved in the best of ways.

Packaging materials can be broadly classified into 3 categories, if one is to ensure a hassle free storage experience:

Unmarked boxes are a huge time drainer as one tends to recollect the articles being stored in the box or their position on site, once they are taken out of storage. Thus, one must keep stationery items such as markers, tape, identification tags, etc. at a handy place. This makes it easier to pack articles according to the theme/ location in the new home (e.g. Kitchen, Drawing Room, Kids Room, etc.). Additionally, unpacking too is less stressful as everything is tagged by location and one can get back to normal, everyday living at the earliest. Make sure to use bold, colored markers & Tags, they are easier to read from a distance as well.

Boxes themselves come in multiple sizes. Choose them wisely, according to the requirements; for it can be quite frustrating when one realizes that the tall mirror box that was ordered is incapable of storing other articles. Look for the ply ratings for storage boxes. These are an indicator of sturdiness and come in twin ply/ double walled box, triple ply/ triple walled box sizes and so on. Those short on budget, can spread the word around. This might result in either a great deal on packaging boxes or someone might donate a set of them that they wouldn’t need. Either ways, it’s a ‘ask and you never know what you’ll receive’ scenario.

Merely filling in the boxes to the edges is a bad idea. This might lead to box failure while in transit. Also, it may end up weighing many, many kilograms more than what was expected, thereby preventing those boxes from tippling over. The best fill ratio is achieved by filling the box up to 2/3rds capacity and filling the rest up with items that provide a cushioning effect. Extremely crucial, particularly when one is trying to prevent those delicate belongings from being damaged in transit.

For sure, there is a lot of wealth out there among those who have the experience of enlisting the services of a storage services provider. Thus, it would be invaluable if one were to come forward and share their storage tips with us.
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