There are many reasonably priced self storage facilities available in New Zealand, and worldwide. As a result, more people are benefitting from storing their household items when they are traveling overseas, in between homes, or just need more space in their house. It can be daunting the first time you use a storage shed knowing what to store, how to store it, will it be safe, how long can you store your item etc. Because of this, you should talk with your storage shed owners and find out what will work best for you. In the mean time there are a number of tips that we can offer to assist you with self storage. This article gives you some basic tips on the storage of electronic goods such as televisions, stereos, DVD players, computers and battery operated appliances and toys.
Televisions, DVD Players and Stereos / Sound Systems
Your electrical equipment is very delicate and sensitive and should be handled with care. The original boxes your equipment came in are ideal to use for repacking. If possible when you purchase new items keep the original boxes folded somewhere dry for later use. This is especially a good idea for outsized electronic items such as large screen televisions – since you can now purchase 60 inch plus size screens these can be quite difficult to box (your storage company will provide boxes if you need them).
However, if you do not have the original packaging or box then wrapping individual items in bubble-wrap, packing them in boxes / cartons, and sealing the top securely will offer suitable protection for your electrical items. Bubble wrap should be used bubble side facing inwards to best protect the product, especially if it is an LCD or plasma screen. Remember to pack out any gaps in the cartons, you can use scrunched-up newspaper or plastic bags to fill the gaps if needed, ask your storage supplier if you are not sure.
DVD and CD players should be empty, and tape shut the open / shut slot so it can not accidently open if the box is knocked. You want to prevent dust collecting in the ventilation slots, so again make sure you use bubble wrap before you pack in a suitable sized carton / box.
If you are storing DJ equipment, or your old turntable, make sure the tone arm of the turn table is secured correctly to prevent any damage when it is being moved. Also, pack any records on their edges to prevent warping.
All cables should be tied and secured, including any extra connection cables. It is a good idea to label extra cables so you know what they are for. CD's need to be in their case or in a CD pouch.
Battery operated appliances & toys
It is always recommended that you remove the batteries from your appliances, to avoid damage from leaking batteries and to prevent them turning on by mistake.
Keep small appliances together in a well labeled box.
Computers also need special care. The original box that your computer came in is highly recommended for packing. However bubble-wrap and good quality packing cartons will do the job. Remember to use some packing or linen (old towel, sheet etc) in the bottom and top of cartons to prevent them sliding around and to provide extra protection to the computer, this is especially important for desktop LCD screens. As with other items make sure you pack out any gaps. 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.
If you are unsure about packing electronic items then contact your self storage company, remember they are experts in packing and storage and they can also provide supplies including packing paper, tape, bubble wrap and much more. Also make sure you label all boxes and items, this makes unpacking a lot less stressful.