Helpful Experts

Tips & Tricks for Great Storage

What to wrap your delicate items in

  • Butchers paper or bubble wrap works best for most fragile items. What packaging’s available?
  • We don’t recommend newspaper. It leaves marks on most items and can permanently stain items if it is packed away for a long time.
  • Old supermarket bags, tea towels and sheets make good box fillers around delicate items.

How to store antiques

  • Small items should be wrapped in paper first and then bubble wrap and packed firmly into boxes. Always store standing upright and pack carefully so light items are not on the bottom of a box.
  • Large items of furniture should be emptied and then wrapped carefully in furniture pads to avoid scratching any surfaces.
  • Items such as lamps should have globes and shades removed, with each item wrapped in bubble wrap before being boxed as a set. Always store upright. Need a box for that?

How to store electronics

  • Original boxes are ideal, otherwise use bubble wrap and secure firmly in a box to stop movement in transit. We’ve got bubble wrap for that!
  • Label the cords! It’ll save you a nightmare at the end when you need to plug them all back in. Key tags around each cord are really helpful.
  • Make sure everything is clean and dry before packing away.

How to store white goods

  • Clean and dry is the gold rule here. Empty, clean and drained before storing is absolutely essential.
  • Store with door open to avoid smells and mold (tape an old towel in the door).
  • Storing goods inside will cause damage.

How to store metallic goods

  • Wipe cast iron with a little machine oil to prevent rusting.
  • Wrap silver in acid free paper or old towels to avoid tarnishing.
  • Pack away from goods they might stain like furniture and good linens.

How to store computers

  • Consult the manual and back up your system to an external hard drive first.
  • Sensitive to moisture and shock, label cords and pack everything carefully as per other electronics.
  • Using linen or bubble wrap at the top and bottom of your packaging will help protect.

How to store glass/breakables

  • Individually wrap each item with butcher’s paper or bubble wrap.
  • Securely place in a cardboard box- ideally a sectional Kitchen Box with other similar items.
  • Use bubble wrap and packing paper to fill any empty spaces. What’s a Kitchen Box?
  • Mark boxes as fragile. You’ll need a marker.
  • Place packing at the top and bottom of the box for protection.
  • Mirrors and glass front pictures should be bubble wrapped and then placed in a picture box or wrapped in cardboard.

How to store sharp goods

  • Wrap packaging paper around the blade and secure with tape. Write – SHARP – on the package!
  • Wrap in bubble wrap and pop in a box. We recommend the DVD box.

How to store furniture


  • Should always be removed from appliances as they may leak.
  • Store in leak and acid proof containers.

Banned goods

  • Hazardous materials (such as pool chlorine and BBQ gas bottles), explosives, illegal and stolen goods, perishable goods including all foods, goods that attract vermin, livestock, pets and goods that may be of harm to others.

Label boxes and sketch a quick floor plan

  • Label all your boxes and keep a reference list of what is in each box.
  • Create a reference/floor plan of where each item is. You’ll thank us for that at Christmas when you’re looking for the Christmas decorations!

Choosing the right size unit

  • Check out or Space Guide for common sized spaces.  We have more than 20 different sized spaces at Balcatta Storage, so we’re sure to have the right space for you. Our staff will help you with that.
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Other Tips

  • Fill all boxes to capacity, partially full boxes can collapse.
  • Pack heavy items in small boxes so they are easy to lift.
  • Place fragile items near top of storage space. Mark as ‘Top stack only’
  • Leave a walkway in your storage space for easy access.
  • Place frequently used goods neatly at the entrance.
  • Use the right size boxes. What’s available?
  • Put heavier items at the bottom of the box.
  • If you have had to remove nuts and bolts, pop them in a snap-lock bag tape them to the item they came from.
  • Pack your unit from the back to the front.  Odd shaped items can often sit on or under a table to keep them out of the way.
  • Group similar things together and store room specific items together.
  • Store long items vertically.

Balcatta Storage Moving Checklist

There is always so much to think about when moving house. At Balcatta Storage, we like to think we can help take some of the stress out of that for you.

We have a prepared a handy checklist to help guide you through. If we can help you with packaging, boxes, storage space or a removalist and packing service – just give our friendly staff a call on 9240 1444.

6 – 8 Weeks Before Moving

  1. Create a file for your pending move. Keep a record of receipts, quotes, invoices, inventory etc.
  2. Organize your moving transport, get a couple of quotes from furniture removalists. Compare the quotes and choose the best one for your specific needs. Balcatta Storage staff can recommend some great moving companies.
  3. If you need insurance for the move arrange it now. We can help with insurance for your goods once they are in Balcatta Storage.
  4. Call Balcatta Storage to decide what space size you will need. Check out the Space Guide. We have many more sizes available, so pop into the office (bring your Driver’s License for photo ID) and take a look at what space will suit you best.
  5. If you require additional services like skip bins, house cleaning services, window cleaners or garden service get a few quotes for the services.
  6. Work out how you are going to move pets, valuables, vehicles, caravans, motorbikes, plants etc.
  7. For unwanted items have a garage sale or donate the items to a charity organization, if you have furniture you don’t want call your local charity and arrange for the items to be collected. Most charity organizations would be happy to collect donations.
  8. Change your address and contact details with your major service providers, health funds, banks, subscriptions, phones, insurance etc. Fill out a change of address form at the post office or go online to have your mail redirected.
  9. Have all repairs to the property done and return borrowed items.
  10. Get packing! Purchase packing material, boxes, tape, bubble wrap, including a safe spot box for all essential items that you want to find quickly. See our Packaging range now – we’re open 6 days a week, so when you run out, we’ll be right here for you!
  11. If you are leasing the property you are in, notify the managing agent with the vacating date and arrange for a property inspection.

2 – 4 Weeks Before Moving

  1. Confirm your storage space and organize to sign your Self Storage Agreement paperwork at Balcatta Storage.
  2. Confirm your moving transport, if you are having helpers confirm they are available on your moving day.\
  3. Arrange the disconnection and connection of all your utilities – Gas, water, electricity, internet, Foxtel and any delivery service.
  4. Start using up all the food in your pantry and freezer – you’ll be surprised how much stuff you have in there and it’ll save packing or throwing it out later.
  5. Arrange insurance cover for new property.
  6. Create an inventory list of items you want to move – Separate moving items into categories, such as storage, moving, giveaway, disposal and garage sale.
  7. Create an inventory list to be used on your moving day and put a numbering system in place.
  8. Begin packing items that are rarely used – books, ornaments, crockery. Smaller boxes are best for this. The Balcatta Storage Book Wine box will be perfect.
  9. Label boxes by number, room and contents. Don’t forget to pick up a couple of Markers.
  10. Label valuables as ‘do not move’ as these will be transported separately.
  11. Store valuables in a safe place while you are moving.
  12. If you are selling your home, check the time and date of settlement with your settlement agent.
  13. Arrange for a cleaning service and carpet cleaner to clean the property before inspection takes place.

1 – 2 Weeks Before Moving

  1. Disassemble any built-in fixtures, indoor and outdoor furniture and fittings ready for transport.
  2. Confirm your moving schedule with the removalist and property agents. 
  3. Continue packing.
  4. Service any mechanical items and drain oil to avoid leakage.
  5. Discard any hazardous or flammable substances and purge gas bottles.
  6. Ensure you have all the property keys available for the property agent.
  7. Prepare a folder of important info and household appliance manuals about your house for the next homeowner.
  8. Cancel or change local services – newspaper deliveries, lawn mowing service.

1 – 4 Days Before Moving

  1. Review and prepare an action plan for the day of the move.
  2. Clean the fridge and defrost the freezer. Consume perishables.
  3. Take apart beds and other heavy items. You can use the mattress on the floor.
  4. Have essential tools readily available – vacuum cleaner, tool box, tape, medical kit, chocolate etc.
  5. Dispose of out-of-date cleaning materials from under the laundry and kitchen sink.
  6. Have easy access to essential household cleaning products for the last minute clean.
  7. Organize babysitting for young children and pets on moving day.

Moving Day

  1. Place all essential items and suitcases in a specific place so that are not loaded into the moving van. Place the items in the bathroom or a car.
  2. Pack all your essentials in a Safe Spot box, including your paperwork file with your Storage Agreement and Customer Access PIN and unit padlock
  3. Ensure all your valuables are in a safe place.
  4. Remove the bedding and pack in an essential box, disassemble all the beds ready for the removalist.
  5. Take movers and helpers through the house to let them know what to do.
  6. Tick off all the boxes and furniture on your inventory list as they are loaded into the van.
  7. Check all the cupboards and behind doors before you leave.
  8. Take a few minutes to have a walk around the property for one final check.
  9. Remember to take the garage remote control out of your car before you leave.
  10. Drive to Balcatta Storage – 11 Mumford Place Balcatta – Get a Map Here
  11. Call us on 9240 1444 if you need help with anything!

Insurance Options

As the old saying goes, “If it’s worth storing – it’s worth insuring”, we agree!

Balcatta Storage has comprehensive insurance cover for all buildings, however, your goods are not automatically insured when they are stored.

Balcatta Storage offers an extremely high level of security for your goods. Due to this, our Insurance Partner – AON is happy to provide goods insurance for customers who store with Balcatta Storage. This type of insurance has been specifically formulated for the needs of customers using self storage.

How do I take Insurance?

Simple. When you sign a Storage Agreement with Balcatta Storage, you will be offered insurance. This is a low cost insurance policy, linked to your Storage Agreement and paid monthly with your space rental. It is simple and effective, with no fixed term and is simply renewed each month until you no longer require insurance cover. Simply read the Product Disclosure Statement and sign the policy forms provided.

What Events are Covered by my Insurance?

Balcatta Storage can offer cover for; fire, lightening, explosion, earthquake, wind, storm and tempest, water damage and leakage, impact by vehicles or aircraft, malicious damage, riots and civil commotions, theft (subject to forced entry when customer is not on site).

Indemnity Value Cover

Your goods will be insured for Indemnity Value. What does that mean? This is the value of the replacement cost less an assessed allowance for condition, age, wear and tear.

Do you have enough cover?

You choose the level of cover you need, but remember to declare the total market value of your goods to avoid under insuring.

Maximum Cover

The standard policy enables cover up to $50,000 per customer. If you need additional cover, this can be arranged through AON.

Policy Cover Exclusions

Certain items and events are not included in this type of policy. To understand the events excluded under the policy please read the Product Disclosure Statement.

Claim Excess

This policy is subject to a minimum excess of $100 per claim.

How to Claim

Claims must be made at the time of discovery of loss or damage. Claim forms can be collected from the Balcatta Storage office, however, all negotiations are made directly with the insurance company and not with Balcatta Storage staff.

Underwriters QBE Insurance (Australia) Limited (ABN 78 003 191 035).

For a comprehensive explanation of the insurance please read the Product Disclosure Statement.

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