Helpful Hints

Moving home or business can be a stressful time, getting everything organised before the big day will help everything run as smoothly as possible. Remember we are here to help you, so please just let us know how.

Moving in at Blue Box Storage is simple. All we require is:

  • Two forms of identification a driver’s licence or passport and a utility bill
  • A refundable security deposit (equivalent to one month’s hire) and the first month’s hire in advance
  • A copy of your insurance policy if you have arranged your own cover
  • A padlock – either bring one from home or select one from our range of padlocks on-site

Below are some basic tips for moving packing and storing which we hope will make your move easier!


Book your removers well in advance.

Reserve your storage unit with us.

Completing all the paperwork in advance eases your move with us and saves time on the day.

Inform your gas, electric, TV, telephone and water suppliers of your moving date. Don’t forget the mail- the Post Office has a forwarding service.

Cost and availability are the deciding factors here.

Although most companies will pack for you, some will not.

Packing small items and disassembling larger furniture like beds is very time consuming and will therefore be quite expensive. Doing it yourself in the weeks beforehand will reduce the stress on the day and cost.

Use quality boxes. Supermarket boxes may seem like a saving, but they don’t stack well and often collapse.

Always fill a box. Never overfill, as they bulge and will be difficult to stack. Under filled boxes should be stuffed with newspaper so they don’t collapse when stacked.

Use the right size of box for the job. Remember books and clothing are heavy, don’t use the biggest box or pack it so full it can’t be moved.

Store books flat to protect the spines and alternate the spine position to keep the stack level. Small precious objects should be carefully wrapped with bubble wrap or newspaper and boxed. Stereo arms should be secured.

Lampshades should be stored separately and covered, don’t use newspaper for this though, as the ink may stain the shade!

Clothing and linen should be clean, dry and folded. Store either in boxes or in drawers or suitcases. Some special items, such as quality curtains and posh frocks are better hung and we have special wardrobe boxes with hanging rails for this purpose.

Fridges and freezers should be cleaned and fully defrosted and stored with the doors slightly open.

Washing machines should be cleaned and fully drained, use the travel bolts if you still have them.

Cookers should be thoroughly cleaned before storing. Bag up any loose parts and stick them and the instructions to the appliance.

Vehicles or machinery should be drained of oil and petrol.

You cannot store

  • Perishables – e.g. foodstuffs
  • Inflammable items – e.g. gas bottles, petrol cans.
  • Illegal Items.

Large items such as sofas and mattresses can be stored on their ends. Use dust sheets or mattress bags to keep them clean and cover the floor before pushing your prize cream sofa arm across the floor!

Store heavier items at a lower level, to save lifting and so they don’t crush what’s below them, e.g. stack a fridge on top of a washing machine not the other way around.

Place items you may need regular access to the front of your unit – it will save frustration and time at a later date.

Stack like boxes on like, or smaller on top of larger – not larger on top of smaller.

In large deep units leave narrow passageways to allow access to the depths.

Efficient, careful packing and stacking saves space and money.

When selling your property the advice today is to show your property off to its full potential.

It may be your lovely home with all your personal bits and pieces, but a lot of the time your buyers don’t want to see that. All they are interested in seeing is what they could do. Plus, an uncluttered house sells much quicker, as TV programs like House Doctor have shown.

You can either organise the decluttering yourself or get professional in to do it for you, these companies will dress your house and help you make the best of your house for a quick sale.







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