After moving to Australia, it may be likely that you will need to place some of your belongings in storage until you find a suitable place to settle in to. This is particularly so, if you are planning to buy a property after arriving in Australia although finding the most appropriate place to rent can also take time. It may prove more convenient to place most of your belongings in storage while you embark on your search for a property.
With this in mind, here are some tips for arranging storage in Australia
- List all your belongings and separate those that you regularly use and can’t do without from those that are nice to have. You can also use this process to identify all the items that are no longer required. Once you’ve done this you will know how much storage space and what type of storage space you need.
- Once you know how much space is required, you will be able to research some storage companies that should be able to meet your needs. Things to consider are their location, storage capacity, capability of meeting your access requirements and the security monitoring service offered.
- Choose what type of storage facility you need. Containerised storage units will protect your belongings and potentially reduce the need for double handling. Other good options are self-storage units and shared storage units.
- Seek quotes from professional storage companies. Be sure to compare like with like and make sure that such things as storage boxes, packing supplies and options such as professional packing. Be careful of smaller companies who may be offering third party services – clarify exactly what they are offering.
- Make note of any extra benefits offered by storage providers such as the provision of moving blankets or other protective material.
- Make an informed choice of storage provider and book your storage based upon the volume you require. A professional storage provider will be able to assist you with calculating the volume required accurately.
- Be sure to take steps to protect your furniture from the effects of mildew which may occur in storage facilities due to low airflow.
- Use protective wrap for all furniture. Industrial wrap is suitable for all other belongings.
- Arrange a removalist to transport your belongings to the storage facility.
- Check to see if there are any limitations on storage – items like foodstuffs may not be allowed.
If you are planning on being involved in the storage process, you might find hiring a hand trolley, moving dolley or lifting straps to make the process a little easier.