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Removalists vs. Truck/Trailer Hire

The time has come, you’ve decided to hire a self storage unit for your excess items. Whether you’re wanting to store furniture, paperwork, sentimental items or anything else, a storage unit is the perfect storage solution. 

Now that you have your storage space ready to go, how are you going to get your items there? If you don’t have your own trailer, you may want to hire one. Or, maybe you don’t feel comfortable driving with a trailer attached so you opt for a removalist. Which option’s better though, hiring a trailer/truck or getting a removalist? Let’s compare the two.

What is a removalist?

You may be new to the moving game; therefore you may be unaware of what exactly a removalist is and does. A removalist can help with a range of things when it comes to moving into a new home or self storage unit. Most removalist companies will offer services from full, partial, to rent a truck and do it yourself. A moving company will take full responsibility when transporting your possessions (most of the time). They can organise/pack your boxes, load them into the truck and then unload them on arrival. Some removalists will even unpack your boxes and organise furnishing if requested. 

What is truck/trailer hire?

As the title mentions, truck or trailer hire is as simple as that. There are many hire companies that offer a range of options such as; trailer hire, Ute hire, van hire and truck hire. When opting to hire a truck/van, the hire fee will often be charged by the hour, a daily rate or by distance travelled.

Cost

Depending on how you go about doing it, moving items from one location to another can be a costly task. You need to consider factors like; how far you need to travel, how much stuff you have and the size and weight of your items.

Hiring removalists to complete the entire task can be easier than trying to do it yourself. However, it can be costly. The cost of removalists varies significantly depending on many factors. Prices can start from as low as $80 an hour or be up to as much as $170/hr. 

In addition, renting a removal truck, trailer or van is a more affordable option. A rental truck/vehicle can be as little as $20-$30 for 8 hours, then an additional charge per mile, which is usually 60cents-$1.30. If you’re working on a budget this would be your ideal choice, especially if you have minimal stuff to move and not as far to go.

Most importantly, always keep in mind how far you need to go and the amount of stuff you need to move.

What’s more convenient?

Depending on how far you have to go, how much stuff you need to move, and of course what you can afford. If you’re moving lots of heavy items or are limited on how much time you have to get the job done, hiring a removalist would be more convenient. Whereas, if you have minimal stuff to move that isn’t as bulky, hiring a rental truck could be the better option for you. 

It also depends whether you’re the type of person that likes to get the job done them self. Or someone who prefers to kick back, and have it done for them. 

Time 

When moving into a self storage unit you also need to consider how much time you have to complete the task. Professional removalists can complete the task quickly and efficiently. Whereas doing it yourself may take double the time if not more. 

If you were to hire a truck/trailer and do it yourself, you would take time to: 

  • pick up the hire trailer/van
  • drive back to your home
  • pack the van
  • drive to the storage facility
  • unload
  • return the truck/trailer

In addition, a professional removalist would:

  • arrive 
  • pack the truck
  • drive to the storage unit
  • unload the truck

Which option is best suited for what you need?

Furthermore, choosing whether you want to use professional removalists or hire a rental truck/trailer can depend on many factors. These being; time, budget, location, convenience and amount of stuff you have. It also depends on whether you rather complete task yourself or sit back and have it done for you. Additionally, the most important factor to consider would be cost as both options can vary significantly. 

If you’re looking to rent a moving truck/van Store Ur Stuff have partnered up with SA business Cut Price Auto Rentals. Cut Price specialise in truck hire of all sizes and will make the process of moving into a self storage unit stress free and easy.

Looking for a self storage unit in Adelaide? 

Store Ur Stuff offer safe and secure self storage, both indoor and outdoor. Not to mention we are conveniently located on the corner of South Road and Cross Road – view our storage solutions online and enquire today! Or alternatively, call us on 08 8371 0000 for all your storage needs.

Decluttering Tips – how to help declutter your elderly parent’s home

Have you noticed your elderly parent’s home slowly becoming more and more cluttered? Throughout life some people tend to collect items, valuables or just plain old dust collectors. This can often be common within the elderly, especially because they’ve had many years to build up a collection of items. 

You may be considering moving your elderly parent into an aged care facility. Or you may just want to declutter their home prior to when that time does come. This can be a difficult task to do, that’s why we’re providing you with some great decluttering tips to make it as easy and stress free as possible. 

Why do elderly people hang on to their stuff?

Elderly people avoid tossing stuff out, giving stuff away or using self storage for many reasons. This could be because of; sentimental value, sense of loyalty, history and memories and loneliness. As well as not trusting others with their valuables and possessions. 

For these reasons, helping your parent to declutter can be a very difficult and slow task. However, follow a few simple decluttering tips and you’ll have their house cleared in no time. 

The first steps in helping your elderly parent to declutter

Decluttering your elderly parent’s home can be a very sensitive task to do. Sometimes throwing everything away is not always the answer, and sometimes it is. Depending on how severe their hoarding issue may be. The task of sorting through stuff, throwing stuff out, boxing stuff up and giving stuff away can be time consuming and messy. The best decluttering tip is to take things step by step, slowly but surely. 

Come up with a game plan

Before getting started it’s best to come up with a game plan. Where are you going to put everything? Are you going to throw it away or store it? Are you going to store it at another family members house? In this case, self storage would be your best option. Renting a self storage unit is not only an affordable solution, but also a convenient solution. This way you can avoid throwing out less possessions which will definitely keep your elderly parent happy. 

Furthermore, hiring a storage unit with a little more room than needed is highly regarded. This will be beneficial when the time comes to move your parent into an Aged Care facility as you will already have storage space ready to go.

Choose a storage provider

Make a rough estimate of how much space you will need for storing possessions. Once you have a rough idea, start looking for a storage provider and what your best option would be. Consider things such as 24/7 access, location, price and security. 

Check out one of our previous blogs where we cover everything you need to know when choosing a storage provider, or see why Store Ur Stuff is a great Adelaide Storage option. You’ll then be ready to begin decluttering once you’ve chosen your provider. 

Where to start

Organising and decluttering are both time consuming tasks. Set out a schedule of when and what you’ll begin sorting through first – start with the least sentimental items. A great tip is to spread the task out over a few weeks with one or two cleaning sessions a week. This will help to ensure you don’t miss anything or throw out any valuables. As well as avoid overwhelming your elderly parent.

Start the decluttering process

As mentioned above, starting with the least sentimental items is a great decluttering tip. That way you can start throwing out unwanted items that are easier to part with. Start with items such as old towels, sheets and appliances. Then move onto items such as old clothing, tupperware and kitchenware.

After this, begin on the more sentimental items. Maybe even designate a space or room where you can pile the items up that will be kept and moved into storage. Once you’ve finished sorting through these items purchase some packing materials so you can prepare them for storage. Items like boxes, book cartons, sticky tape and bubble wrap will be essential packing materials. 

Most importantly, ensure you label boxes prior to placing them in storage. This will make it easier when looking for items once they are stored, especially when using long term storage.

Move possessions into self storage

Once you have everything packed correctly, it’s time to move their boxes and belongings into the chosen storage facility. During this process, ensure you do everything you can to keep items in their best condition. As well as use the space as best as you can to get the most out of it. Make sure you stack boxes/items with the heaviest and more durable on the bottom. Then begin to add the lighter boxes. Avoid stacking boxes too high as this could cause them to be off balance and unstable. 

Another important tip is to store your most important items in the easier access spots. This will help when you need to access certain things more often than others. 

Now, enjoy the ample room

Making the decision to declutter your elderly parent’s home can be a difficult thing to do. However, in the long run they will appreciate it and it will make it easier when the time comes to relocate. To make the process stress free and simple, all you need to do is follow the decluttering tips provided. As well as ensure you choose the best self storage provider available. Also, remember that donating unwanted things that are still of use to charity is a much better option than tossing it. 

If you’re looking for a reliable self storage provider Store Ur Stuff is a great option. You can view unit sizes online and make an enquiry today, or call staff on 08 8371 0000 for all your storage needs.  

Affordable & cheap storage in Adelaide

The time has come, you’re running out of room to store your boat, car, caravan or just general household goods. Running out of storage space can be a common thing, but lucky for you it’s an easy fix! Offering cheap storage that is; safe, secure, clean and affordable. Store Ur Stuff is your go to Adelaide Self Storage provider.

Finding the perfect storage provider can be difficult, especially when there’s so many to choose from. When choosing your provider you want to ensure they have a safe, clean and secure facility. Never choose to go with the cheapest storage option as this may backfire on you. In addition, here is some information about Store Ur Stuff and what we have to offer as an Adelaide Storage provider.

About Store Ur Stuff

We are an Adelaide Self Storage provider conveniently located on the corner of Cross Road and South Road. Our Storage facility includes both indoor and outdoor storage, therefore we can cater for; business storage, personal storage and vehicle storage (caravans, boats, motor homes, jet skis).

Storage facilities

At Store Ur Stuff, we offer a range of storage options that are safe and secure. Whether you’re using our outdoor or indoor storage, our surveillance cameras and pin coded gates help to ensure your property is safe. As well as give you that peace of mind.

Boat Storage

Looking for somewhere to store your boat for the cooler months, or just all year round? Our outdoor storage space is a great option. Our 24 hour access and pin coded gates allow for you to come and grab your vessel whenever you need. Easy, affordable and hassle free! Additionally, before placing your boat in long term storage it’s always best to prepare it first. Check out our blog on boat storage for some great tips to help keep your vessel in tact.  

Caravan Storage 

Taking the caravan out can be a seasonal hobby for some people. That’s why choosing to use caravan storage can be a great way to ensure your mobile home is safe and not taking up space at your home. At Store Ur Stuff, we offer a variety of outdoor caravan storage spaces that are safe and secure – enquire online today.

If you’re unsure how to prepare your caravan for storage check out our blog for some great tips. Your home on wheels will be ready to go again whenever you are! 

Vehicle Storage (car storage)

Whether you have too many cars and you’re stuck for space, or you have a weekend car that needs to be stored. Vehicle storage can be a great way to free up space at your home, or to help ensure your prize possession is safe and secure. In addition, we offer outdoor vehicle storage within secured fencing and key coded gates. Although the storage is outdoors and not undercover, all you need to do is purchase a quality car cover to ensure your car is well protected from the elements. 

Most importantly, make sure you prepare your car properly prior to placing it in vehicle storage. This will help to ensure your car is in prime condition when you need it next. 

Storage Units

We offer 3 different storage unit sizes being; 3m x 3m, 3m x 4.5m and 3m x 6m. These storage units are great for both business and personal storage, with room to store things such as; lounges, fridges, cupboards, business documents and old office furniture/equipment. Our variety of cheap storage units are bound to solve your storage problems – view pricing online then reserve yours today!

Competitive pricing

Our storage units and spaces are very affordable, we offer cheap storage that is safe, secure and clean. Plus we are conveniently located in Clarence Gardens on the corner of Cross Rd and South Rd. Our friendly staff help to ensure your Adelaide storage experience is hassle free and easy. From the day you move in, to the day you move out. 

Furthermore, if you are shopping around and do find cheaper storage prices on the same size unit, bring us their quote and we are happy to price match it.

Storage terms

Another great aspect about Store Ur Stuff is that we offer month to month contracts. We charge storage fees monthly, meaning you don’t have the stress of locked in contracts. You can simply cancel your storage unit/space at any time and we will only charge you for that month. Ensuring that you give us at least 10 days notice of your intention to move out. 

Security features

Store Ur Stuff staff are on site from 8.30 to 5pm Monday to Saturday. We undertake daily site inspections which includes lock integrity checks. Our facility is also equipped with 24 x 7 surveillance cameras and pin coded access gates. As well as centralised roller doors with monitored security alarms.

Most importantly, staff at Store Ur Stuff monitor all PIN codes so that they know who has been in and out of the facility. 

Box shop

We don’t only provide cheap storage units, we also provide customers with everything they need to store their contents. Our box shop has a range of moving materials such as; boxes, couch covers, padlocks, archive boxes, bubble wrap and more. Forget about heading to the shops, Store Ur Stuff has everything you need right here on-site.

Delivery & mail service

Perfect for business storage, you can have your mail sent to Store Ur Stuff and we will accept, record and store it in a secure unit. 

Book or enquire today!

If you’re looking to move your contents, vehicle or caravan into self storage, Store Ur Stuff is your ideal Adelaide storage provider. We ensure your contents are safe and secure at all times, as well as provide our valued customers with everything they need from; our box shop and on-site customer service Monday – Saturday. 

Furthermore, we provide you with everything you need to enjoy a hassle free storage experience. Enquire online today or call our friendly staff on 08 8371 0000 – solve your storage problems today!

Airbnb host – how to prepare your home

If you’ve got space to spare, turning your home into an Airbnb can be a great way to make some extra cash. Airbnb listings in Australia are rapidly growing and are becoming more sought after than other accommodation options. Whether you’re travelling overseas or simply investing in your property. Listing it on Airbnb can be a cheaper and more convenient alternative to renting through a real estate agent.

However, there’s a lot more to being an Airbnb host than you’d think. You need to declutter your home and possibly place your possessions in self storage. Safe proof your home so that it’s safe for family with children. Talk to your neighbours and let them know, as well as a range of other things that will be covered below. 

What is Airbnb?

Airbnb first came to life in 2008 when two designers rented out their free space to some travellers. Now, millions of people choose to either host or rent through Airbnb. It offers a range of advantages to both guests and hosts. For the hosts it offers; free listings, setting their own price and more control. While the guests have; wide selection, customizable searches and additional services. 

The first step to setting up your home

You don’t want be leaving any personal possessions in your house when hosting Airbnb guests. Guests will generally expect the same through an Airbnb as they would a hotel; clean, neat and minimalist. Therefore, you can’t have things lying around. Simply furnish the house with basic necessity’s like any other accommodation would. An ideal and convenient solution to your clutter could be renting a self storage unit. Using self storage is a great option as it’s safe, secure and gives you access whenever you need. 

Furniture considerations 

When renting out your home to guests you might want to consider the future of your furniture. If your furniture is valuable or sentimental it’s probably best to store it in a self storage unit and replace it with cheaper alternatives. This will avoid spills, stains rips or other damages. Rather than run the risk of damage to your expensive furniture, simply replace it with something less expensive. 

Fix hazards

There should be no safety hazards in your Airbnb home. This includes things such as; exposed wires, tripping hazards, water leaks and any other thing that has the potential to cause injury. 

Safety measures

Another very important step is to make sure your home is safe. Ensure that your home is fitted with up to date smoke detectors, fire extinguishers and first aid kits. These are crucial factors to ensuring your home is safe. Also, if you’re looking to target your property at holiday families it’s best to child proof your home. This could include child safe draws and cupboards. As well as making sure dangerous goods and equipment are out of reach. 

Equip your home

Like any accommodation, Airbnb’s also need to be equipped to make your guests stay easy and pleasant. Common things could be; towels, extra blankets, extra pillows and linens. As well as kitchen utensils and electrical’s. A great tip could be to check out what your competitors offer, and then work from that. 

Some more examples are: 

  • coffee maker
  • basic food items (seasonings, sugar, butter)
  • cleaning supplies
  • basic toiletries 
  • bin liners 
  • extra light bulbs
  • a selection of DVD’s 
  • playing cards

Furthermore, these things may not all be necessities. But, they can help you to earn better reviews for your home, which will then attract more guests. 

Leave instructions for your guests

If you want your guests to follow the rules you should make a list of those rules. As well as list other detailed information that may be needed. It’s more convenient for both you and your guests if you leave a detailed list of instructions. This will help to avoid guests trying to contact you with minor questions that could be answered on a list. Simply leave some information regarding; rules, what guests can and can’t use and instructions on how to use ovens, stoves, etc.

You’re ready to become an Airbnb host!

Once you’ve made sure that your home is safe, hazard free and equipped with all of the necessities. As well as stored your furniture and other valuables in a self storage unit or storage shed, you’ll be ready to become an Airbnb host. Becoming an Airbnb host is as simple and easy as that. It’s now time to make some extra cash!

Lastly, if you’re looking for somewhere to store your furniture and valuables, Store Ur Stuff is a great option. With a range of safe and secure storage options to choose from. As well as being conveniently located. Store Ur Stuff is the ideal Adelaide storage solution for all of your storage needs. Enquire and book online today, or call our friendly staff on 08 8371 0000.

How Self Storage can help an online / E-commerce / small / startup business

Is your home getting cluttered with paperwork and stock? Do you have documents strewn across your lounge and kitchen bench? If so, it’s probably time to start thinking about moving your at home business elsewhere, or at least some of it.

Depending on what your small business is and what your storage provider allows. A commercial storage unit can provide you with all of the amenities you need to run your business efficiently. Using business storage will mean less clutter in your home and more space for storing business materials such as; files, archives and stock. As well as provide you with more ‘office’ space at home and allow you to be more organised.

Commercial storage can be a great option for small, E-commerce or online businesses. However, if you’re thinking of extending your small business it’s great to look into your options first and what it is that you actually require. Here are some great tips and information to help you choose what’s best for you and your business.

Talk to your commercial storage provider

It’s best to discuss with your storage provider what it is that you can and can’t do with your commercial storage unit. Some storage facilities may allow you to have customers come and go as you like, and some may not. For example, a storage unit can be great if you’re running a small thrift shop. If your commercial storage provider lets you, you can meet customers and conduct sales out of your unit. However, you need to discuss this first and ensure that it’s okay to do so.

Pros of using business storage

Choosing to use commercial storage for your business will not only benefit you, but it will also benefit; your house, the people living with you, and of course, your business. Running a business from home can be overwhelming and eventually you will run out of room. Renting a self storage unit will help you to declutter your work space and organise your inventory, as well as a range of other things. Not to mention it’s also budget friendly.

Reduce Clutter

Your at home space for your small business may be crammed full of excess stock, equipment and documents. In many instances, these items are often unused and not needed on a daily basis. Using business storage is a great way to declutter and also helps to create more working space for your home office. Furthermore, a commercial storage unit can be great for storing; documents, archives, stock and old office equipment. As well as a range of other materials.

Security Features

Another great pro to using business storage is knowing that your items will be safe and secure. Unlike your home, most storage facilities will be fitted with CCTV surveillance, key coded gates and other security features. Increase your peace of mind by knowing that your expensive stock and important documents are safe and secure.

Furthermore, at Store Ur Stuff we provide safe and secure Adelaide storage with; 24hr surveillance cameras, key coded gates and alarm systems. Visit our website or contact us on 08 8371 0000 for more information.

Convenient and Flexible

Using commercial storage can be convenient and flexible. Most storage facilities offer 24hr access, meaning you can come and go as you please. This can be super beneficial to your business, especially if your home is nearby. Self storage can also be convenient as your customers can visit you at your storage unit (if your storage provider allows it) rather than your home. Therefore, helping you to keep your work and home life separate.

Cost Effective

Self storage is probably the most cost effective solution to your home-based business. Forget about those expensive power bills and committing to a long term rental contract. When using commercial storage, you don’t have the stress of paying power bills, water bills or any other cost that would come with renting a small building. All you have to worry about is paying your monthly fee.

Additionally, at Store Ur Stuff we offer a range of business storage solutions starting from as little as $168 a month. Plus no lock in contracts and minimum of 1 month stay!

Businesses you can run from a self storage unit

General Business Storage

Whether you’re working from a big or small office, running out of storage room can often be an issue. Storing your; excess stock, archives, files and old business equipment is a great way to free up space in your office. This could also be a great way to make room for another employee if needed.

Online Business

Running an online business from a small or at home space can be difficult. Whether it be on Ebay, Etsy or even a business through an Instagram account. You’re going to need space to not only work, but to also store your stock. A commercial storage unit can be a great way to keep your stock organised all in the one place. As well as ensure that it’s safe and secure at a storage facility. Furthermore, you could use your storage unit to sort through stock, pack products ready to send, or even as a photo studio for your products.

Handy Man

As a handy man you may have a lot of expensive tools and work gear that probably takes up a lot of space at home. If so, a commercial storage unit can be a great place to store all of these items. This can be super beneficial if your home is far away from the location’s you usually work at. Choose to use a storage facility in a convenient location, that way you can stop in and grab tools as you need during your work day.

Second Hand / Thrift Store

Depending on laws and what your storage provider allows, you could run a thrift shop out of your commercial storage unit. A storage unit could be used to store your stock as well as meet customers and conduct sales from. This would be a much cheaper alternative to renting a small building. Plus you could choose from a range of storage unit sizes. Furthermore, a commercial storage unit would also be great for solely storing excess stock.

Property Styling & Home Staging

Commercial storage can also be a great alternative if you’re running a small property styling business. Renting a large building can be expensive and it can sometimes be hard to find one in the right location. Furthermore, a storage unit would not only be cheaper, but also be more convenient as you can choose a location closer to where you need (there are lot’s of Adelaide storage units to choose from). This way you know that your expensive furniture and decor is safe and secure and you can come and go as you please.

Time to move your business in to commercial storage!

As mentioned above, using self storage for business purposes can be beneficial for many reasons. It’s cheaper, more convenient, safe and secure and you can access your goods whenever you need. Commercial storage is great for businesses such as; thrift shops, handy mans, online shops and home stylists. Plus many more!

Furthermore, there are many storage facilities in Adelaide which means more variety in size, location and price. Rather than what you would have if you were looking for a building space. In addition, Store Ur Stuff is great for commercial storage as we offer a range of storage sizes from indoor to outdoor. As well as offer competitive pricing and a safe and secure facility. View pricing and more information on our website, or alternatively call us on 08 8371 0000.

Lastly, prior to renting a storage unit you should always check with the self storage manager on what it is that you can and can’t do from your commercial storage.

Storage Facilities – who to choose

Not everyone has enough space to store all of their possessions. You may have just moved out of home into a smaller apartment. Or additionally, you may have valuable belongings that you would feel more comfortable with being placed in self storage. Finding the perfect sized storage space that is most suitable to your needs can be difficult. Especially if it’s your first time using storage facilities. That’s why our team at Store Ur Stuff are here to help with everything from unit sizes, payment options, packing boxes and more. Furthermore, here is some information, tips and tricks for choosing the perfect storage facilities.

Choosing your Storage Provider

The day has come and you’re ready to find the best self storage provider, and with this comes careful selection. Additionally, there are a lot of factors you need to take into consideration. Such as, choosing a safe provider with storage nearby, a clean and tidy facility and being the right fit for what you need. As well as 24 hour storage access, surveillance cameras and temperature controlled storage units. Lastly, cheap self storage is not always the better option.

Storage Space

Most Storage facilities will offer a range of different storage options. Depending on what it is that you’re wanting to store, it is best to carefully select your space. Storage facilities offer storage options starting from as small as a locker, up to space big enough to fit a boat. As well as some offering indoor and outdoor storage. Therefore, it is essential to choose your space carefully to ensure you’re not paying for more than you need.

Payment Options

At times it can be hard to keep up with admin life. This is why it’s great to choose a self storage provider that offers online payment options. As well as auto payments. Additionally, setting up auto payments online can save you money. You will never be late on your storage account and will avoid late fees.

Long Term and Short Term Storage

Storage facilities can be a great short term or long term solution. Although, finding a storage facility that offers both can sometimes be difficult. Storage facilities that offer flexibility and no fixed lease are a great option for both short and long term storage. For example, if you’re looking for a new house and need to store furniture in the mean time, a storage facility without a fixed lease would be best suited. That way you are able to cancel your lease stress free as soon as you no longer need it. Short and long term storage options are an important asset to consider when choosing your storage provider.

Packing Materials

It’s always best that you use the highest of quality packing materials to store your goods. Sometimes it can be difficult to source these materials. That’s why choosing storage facilities that offer in house packing materials is a great option. Ultimately, saving time on finding packing materials elsewhere, and knowing you can purchase them last minute for your storage solutions. Store Ur Stuff offer a wide range of packing materials from; moving boxes, couch covers, archive boxes, bubble wrap and more.

Storage with Store Ur Stuff

Furthermore, when choosing your self storage provider you need to consider whether they are safe, reliable and have access to the things you need. Choosing a storage facility that offers long term storage, short term storage and different payment options is also important. This will help ensure your self storage experience is hassle free. In addition to this, choosing storage facilities that are fitted with surveillance cameras is also highly important.

Although there is many storage providers to choose from, Store Ur Stuff is a great contender. With safe self storage, competitive pricing, secure facilities fitted with 24 hour CCTV surveillance and online payment options. Additionally, view booking options, payment options and all other storage needs on the Store Ur Stuff website.

Caravan Storage – How to prepare

Purchasing a caravan is a great investment and fun for the whole family to jump in for a little getaway. However, failing to prepare for caravan storage during the off season can lead to costly damage. We have previously looked at vehicle and caravan storage options while it is not in use. Now lets look at how to prepare your caravan for storage and the steps you should take to protect it.

Clean Inside the Caravan

Empty the contents for caravan storage

Empty all personal and food items from the caravan. Closely check all of the cupboards, drawers, under furniture and beds to ensure you have completely emptied the caravan. Remove used tea towels, bed sheets and towels to wash so they are clean and fresh for next time. Store expensive items like a TV, laptop or other appliances in a locked cupboard, or alternatively take them out. This will prevent your caravan from being a target for break ins whilst in self storage. Remove any food items in the cupboards that may leave mouldy smells or attract unwanted pests. Make a list of everything you have removed or need to replace to ensure you don’t forget anything on your next trip.

Scrub and vacuum interior for caravan storage

Thoroughly clean inside your caravan from top to bottom prior to putting it in self storage. Scrub and wipe down any surfaces and empty cupboards. Vacuum the carpets, couches and any corners to eliminate dust build up and traces of food. Food will attract rodents and pests which can cause damage to your caravan. Cleaning the interior of your caravan will ensure that it stays in great condition whilst in caravan storage and is always ready to go for the next trip.

Clean the fridge and freezer

Defrost the fridge and freezer and empty the contents from both. Give them a good clean to ensure they don’t smell of last nights dinner. Ensure the interior is dry after cleaning and leave both the fridge and the freezer doors ajar to avoid any mould build up. Additionally, place a box of baking soda or dry sac in the fridge to draw out excess moisture.

Close windows, vents and blinds

Protect your caravan from letting any unwanted weather in. Just like water damage, direct sunlight can damage the interior of your caravan during storage. So it’s just as important to close blinds as it is to make sure all windows are closed and locked. To prevent mould forming from excess moisture make sure all caravan awnings are dry and rolled up tightly. This is also a great opportunity to check your caravans seals to ensure that they are 100% weather proof, especially when it comes to washing the outside of your caravan.

Clean the Outside of your Caravan

Clean and dry exterior

Time to give the outside some TCL. Invest in a soft-bristle brush attached to a long broom handle so it is easy to reach the high and awkward spots. Clean the outside of the caravan with your preferred washing solution. Retreat Caravans say that using dish soap can strip the paint of wax and protective coatings, leaving it vulnerable to scratching and sun damage. For best results wash your caravan with a car washing detergent. Use a small step ladder to get access to the roof of your caravan to get any tough spots like dried bird droppings. Simply rinse off with a hose or bucket. High pressure cleaners may cause damage to the paint work. 

Cover your caravan

The minimum step you should take to protect your caravan whilst in outdoor storage is to invest in a caravan cover. This will not only make sure the exterior is protected from the weather but it will also keep your caravan looking good for longer. Again, make sure your caravan is completely dry before covering to prevent moisture build up. Also, ensure the cover is breathable, this too helps prevent condensation.

Keep air circulating

Leave air vents in your caravan uncovered so air can circulate inside the caravan. This will ensure your caravan is not stuffy and stale when you take it out again. Circulation of air will filter your air or clean the air. It will also help diffuse or spread any pollutants added to the air, like any food smells.

Mechanical Checks Before Storing your Caravan

Disconnect the battery

Caravans have batteries to power the appliances when your caravan is not plugged into an electrical source. Having your battery disconnected whilst in storage will save your electrical items from draining the battery whilst it is not being used. The last thing you need is to get to your destination and find out the fridge or lights are not working because the battery has been drained.

Only disconnect the battery once it has been fully charged. Never leave it fully drained. It is also important that your check the battery every couple of months whilst it is in storage. This will ensure the battery does not drain. A fully charged battery can prevent deterioration and will ensure your house on wheels is ready when you are.

Check the tyres before and after caravan storage

A quick trip to the service station to check your tyre pressure before storing. This will save you time in the long run. Depending on how long your caravan will be sitting in storage, it is a good idea to pump the tyres to the optimum pressure. Your tyres will naturally lose pressure while it’s in caravan storage. Alternatively, if you know your caravan will be in storage for an extended period of time, jack it up to take the pressure off the tyres. Cover the tyres to protect them from the elements and to avoid deterioration.

Grease trailer hitches

Trailer hitches will need to be lubricated before storage and again when you pick it up after being in caravan storage. Apart from the general wear and tear this will prevent, it will also eliminate the awful sound of metal scrapping on metal when you turn a corner and any friction this can cause. Once you have lubricated the hitch ball cover it. Now that your caravan is ready to be rested and stored after it’s big trip don’t forget to check on it every now and again. This will assist in picking up any issues well before your next caravan getaway.

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