Helps and Tips

Storage Checklist

Before you move into a The Storage Centre there are a few things you’ll need to organise.
Check you have the following in place:

Insurance Cover

All of your belongings need to be insured at their replacement value whilst in storage. This insurance cover needs to be purchased through The Storage Centre.

Direct Debit Payments

You’ll need to complete the forms setting up a direct debit payment for your rental period.

A Security Padlock

You are the only key holder to your space at The Storage Centre, Lisburn, which is secured with a padlock. We have padlocks available for purchase should you need one.

Identification

When you move goods in or out of The Storage Centre, Lisburn premises you’ll need to bring two forms of ID with you.
1. Photographic ID (passport, driving licence or valid Student ID)
2. Proof of residence in the form of a bank statement or utility bill less than 3 months old. (We don’t accept credit card statements or mobile phone bills as proof of residence.)

An Emergency Contact Number

We will need an alternative contact name and number, in case of emergency.

General Packing Tips

Some useful packing tips:

  • The use of Packing accessories such as Boxes, Portable Wardrobes, Paper, Tape, Bubble-wrap and Plastic covers will maintain and protect your goods whilst in storage. A variety of packing accessories is available for purchase at The Storage Centre office.
    Fill boxes to capacity; partially full or bulging boxes may tip or collapse. Good quality storage boxes and packing materials offer better protection from damage
  • Packing and labelling boxes room by room makes the unpacking much easier, and if you need to find something in storage you will have some idea of which box to begin looking in. Don’t forget to write ‘THIS WAY UP’ and ‘FRAGILE’ on boxes containing breakables.
  • To make your boxes easier to lift, choose smaller boxes for heavy items like books and plates, and larger boxes for lighter items such as bedding and curtains. Books should be packed flat, not on their spines.
  • We strongly advise against using bin bags. They are prone to ripping, get easily squashed and lack ventilation – which can cause mildew to build up on fabrics.
  • Consider using a vacuum storage system that actually sucks air out of specially designed bags ,this helps you fit more clothes into your space.
  • Dismantle / Break items of furniture down into smaller parts? For example, bed frames can usually be disassembled, making them easier to store.

Appliances / White Goods

Fridges, freezers and other white goods should be thoroughly DRY and CLEAN before storing. Whilst in storage the door should be secured slightly ajar. A deodoriser placed inside fridges or freezers is also a good idea to maintain freshness. Don’t place items inside fridges or freezers as the shelves and linings can be easily marked and damaged.

Furniture

Empty the contents of wardrobes, drawers and cupboards to protect the shelving and structure of these items. Clothing and personal goods should be packed in strong secure boxes with some naphthalene, mothballs or similar product to protect and maintain their condition. Where possible remove the legs from items of furniture e.g.. bed bases, tables etc. to avoid damage and save space. Vacuum food crumbs from lounges to prevent attracting vermin.
Remember to protect table legs with bubble wrap, and protect varnished furniture against scratches by using a layer of shrink wrap, corrugated cardboard or tissue paper.

Dishes & Glassware

Place a layer of packing inside the bottom and top of boxes containing breakables. Protect fragile items by wrapping them individually in packing paper (newsprint can be very messy and possibly stain). Nest cups and bowls, stand plates, saucers, platters, casseroles on their edges. Fill any gaps in the cartons with packing e.g.: scrunched paper or linen. This will keep your fragile items well protected and prevent them from moving around in the cartons whilst in transit. Label all boxes containing fragile items and avoid storing heavy items on the top of these boxes.

Mirrors, Windows, Screens & Paintings

These items should be protected by packing material e.g.; bubble-wrap or in a flat-pack carton. Store them standing on their edges in an upright position (not lying flat).
Protect pictures and mirrors with bubble wrap and clearly mark them ‘FRAGILE’. Large ones should be stacked on their end.

Metal Items

Wrapping silver in NON ACID tissue paper or plastic bags can help reduce tarnishing. Wipe chrome or cast iron with a little machine oil to help retard rust.

Stereos, Televisions and Videos

Your electrical equipment is very delicate and sensitive and should be handled with care. The original boxes are ideal to repack in. However wrapping items individually in bubble-wrap, packing them in boxes, and sealing the top will offer protection for your electrical items. Remember to pack out any gaps in the boxes. Turntables and tone arms of record players should be secured to prevent damage whilst they are being moved. Pack records on their edges in boxes to prevent warping.
Battery operated appliances & toys
We recommend that you remove the batteries to avoid damage from leaking Batteries.

Computers

Computers, like your other electrical items, need special care. The original boxes are highly recommended for packing. However bubble-wrap and good quality packing boxes will do the job. Remember to use some packing or linen in the bottom and top of boxes. This provides extra protection to the contents. Pack out any gaps. Most modern computers have “self parking heads”. If you are unsure about your computer, refer to the manufacturer’s manual, or consult your retailer, especially if storing for longer than six months.

Mowers & other Machinery

Drain fuel and oil from all machinery. This reduces the risk of leakage, spillage and damage to other goods in your space. Petrol and oil left in machinery are also a fire hazard.
Take care to clean any garden equipment before you store it.

Clothes / Bedware / Fabrics

Storing clothing for a long time? Wardrobe boxes allow you to hang your clothes in storage, keeping their shape and giving them room to breathe. We sell them in-store and on our website.
Always pack bedding or clothes in boxes to prevent moisture damage from ‘sweating’ that can sometimes build up in plastic bags. You can put a ‘moisture absorber’ into your box, for greater peace of mind.

Packing your Storage Unit

Here is some useful information to make the most of your space:

  • As a general rule place large, heavy items that you can stack upon at the rear of the unit. Then work forwards and upwards with lighter, fragile items. Place those items that you may need to access often in the front of the unit.
  • Depending on the goods you have stored, you may need to allow for walk ways.
  • Packing in professional storage boxes will make the storing and unpacking easier and safe, saving you time and worry.
  • Please let staff know some general information about the items to be stored when booking your unit. They’ll be able to advise on the right amount of space and also make sure you’re not storing items unfit for self storage
  • Make sure you value your goods correctly, so we can provide you with the right levels of insurance cover
  • Decide if you want to have regular access to any of your goods. If so, these should be the last items you put into storage.
  • Start by covering the ground space with a dust sheet to protect your goods
  • Clearly identify fragile goods, and make sure the labels can be easily seen
  • Storing sofas and mattresses on end, and stacking chairs pad-to-pad, will help you to minimise the amount of space you need. Ask our staff for advice on storing items this way…
  • Take care to safely pack sharp edges or garden tools to avoid accidents. Outside equipment should be cleaned before storage, and lawnmower blades or cutting tools should be lightly oiled
  • When all your items are in, cover with a dust sheet to keep them protected
  • Secure your unit with a padlock – we have a choice of three available for you to buy
Self Storage Centre Locations

Lisburn

Knockmore Industrial Estate
Moira Road, Lisburn
County Antrim
Northern Ireland
BT28 2EJ

Belfast

605 Antrim Road
Mallusk
BT36 4RY
500 metres from the
Sandyknowes Roundabout