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Preparing Your Belongings for Long-Term Storage

Whether you’re preparing to embark on a new adventure by living abroad, or are moving in with your partner (and there’s not enough room for all of your stuff), whatever the reason is, storing your belongings for a long period of time requires proper preparation. So before you embark on your next chapter and store your stuff away, here are some essential tips on how to prepare your belongings for long-term storage in Vancouver.

Invest in Good Quality Packaging Materials

Having the proper materials for packing up your stuff securely is the most important step. That means skipping the dollar store and instead, heading to your local hardware or home supply store where you can purchase all the necessary items in high quality – such as packaging tape, wrapping paper, bubble wrap, sturdy cardboard boxes, and padding to wrap furniture in.

Take Advantage of Stackable Boxes

If you have a lot of items to pack, stackable boxes can really provide that extra convenient factor for helping to keep your items staked and organized to free up some of that storage space. They can also protect your belongings against water damage, moths, and other side effects of long-term storage.

Pack Boxes Right to the Top

No matter which type of box you’re using, always try and fill them right to the top. This may result in a heavier box, but it may also prevent those boxes from collapsing on each other over time.

Take the Time to Secure Furniture

Of course, you need to make sure that those vintage dressers and any other piece of furniture you care for is sufficiently secured and wrapped. This is important to ensure that nothing breaks, while also preventing any musty smells from easily latching on to items, like your mattress, during that long period of time.

Use Drawers to Organize and Store Items

In comes cases, it helps to use those drawers or old chests that you have for organizing your items in. It can help free up some space and keep certain things tucked nicely together.

Label Everything

Finally, save yourself any future headache by spending the time now to label each box with all of your items, right from the start. Include all contents and the room they originated from.

There may come a time in life when you require long-term storage, and when you do, it’s important to have your items packaged accordingly to ensure that they are safe and sound during your absence. Follow these tips to safely store your belongings away for long-term storage.

The Vancouver moving pros at Van City Moving can move your belongings into or out of long-term storage with ease and professionalism. We are also Van City proud to offer expert moving and storage solutions to homeowners moving to or from Vancouver East, Vancouver West, Yaletown, Gastown, the West End, and North and West Vancouver. Looking for pro Vancouver movers to take your belongings into or out of storage? Give us a call at 604-221-6683.