Glass or fragile items should be wrapped in furniture pads or bubble wrap to prevent damage. TVs must be wrapped in furniture pads and then placed in a TV box or covered with a large piece of cardboard. Use the utility trolley whenever possible as this will save energy and make your move easier. The screen side should be placed against a flat cushion surface. Cover all furniture with furniture pads and secure larger items with tie-downs and place smaller ones in voids between existing items.
Before loading your storage trailer , make sure to drain all water connections from appliances, as well as gas and fluids from lawnmowers, weed eaters and motorcycles. Also be sure to label all boxes with room names, as this will make your unloading and unpacking easier.
Begin at the back of the storage trailer and work your way forward. Stand large items such as couches on end to maximize space and place a furniture pad between the floor of the storage trailer and the item you are loading. Tie these items with a rope or tie downs to prevent shifting.
Removing legs from tables and chairs not only prevents breakage but maximizes space within your storage container. Wrapping these and all other sensitive items in furniture pads or bubble wrap will prevent scratching. Stand these items on in to maximize space. Fill all voids, gaps & spaces with furniture pads and couch cushions to prevent shifting. Light & fragile items should be loaded at the top of each tier. Place heavy items such as dressers, heavy boxes, chests & appliances at the bottom of the storage trailer and distribute evenly across.
Make sure to stabilize any moving parts of furniture, equipment or appliances that you are loading. Utilize all open spaces within cabinets, bookshelves and entertainment centres. Professional loaders build tiers from the floor to the ceiling expanding side to side creating wall like layers. This will evenly distribute the weight in the storage trailer from the front to the back. Keep your tiers tight as possible, filling any empty spaces with additional items or furniture pads to prevent load shift.
Make sure you are evenly distributing your heaviest items and not loading them all on one end or one side of your storage container. Always be flexible in re-positioning your items, so that they are tiered and that there are no gaps between them. Fill any gaps with furniture pads, pillows or couch cushions. Do not load all heavy items on one side or one end of the storage container. Extremely heavy items such as tool boxes, safes & refrigerators should be loaded in the centre of the storage container. Lock the wheels if possible & secure with tie downs.
Do not load the following items inside of the storage container:
Any hazardous materials, explosives or other dangerous articles such as tanks or bottles designed to contain butane or propane (LP).
This also includes tanks and containers for gas barbecue grills, torches, heaters, tools and appliances, as well as tanks and bottles certified as empty, but still under pressure.
Articles which are liable to contaminate the storage container or otherwise damage equipment or other property, as well as articles that cannot be taken from the premises without damage to the article of the premises.