Saturday, 24 January 2009

Storing Large Items Checklist

By Amy Nutt

There are times in which we have to store large items. We may not have room for them in our homes, storage sheds, and garages. That means it is time to rent public storage space or to somehow make some room. It can seem like such an incredible feat. Actually, it can seem like an impossible feat. That is why you have to be rather methodical in how you go about this endeavor.

Before you even write down your checklist, you have to make sure you have help if you need it so that you can customize your checklist the way you need to. How you construct your list depends on what you're moving and what your particular situation is. Just make sure that you have everything covered and that you abide by your checklist so that you can avoid as many obstacles as possible.

So here is your checklist: - Whether you're storing your large items somewhere on your property or elsewhere, you need to measure them. This is so you can make sure you leave enough storage room.



- You also need to get an idea of the weight so that you know how many people it will take to move the items and what tools you will need to make the move. It may be something that needs a dolly or another type of cart to move it.

- Clear out the space that you need to store the item. This can be a great opportunity to throw away those things that you don't need anymore.

- Once you have cleared out a space or you have rented a public or self storage space, it is time to make the move.

- If you must use a truck, make sure you have a ramp that you can use or some sort of hydraulic lift to get the large items in the truck. If you don't have a truck of your own, you can rent one.

- After you have loaded the items in the truck, it is then time to make your move. Once you get to your destination, you have to be very careful unloading the items.

- If you're storing the items on your property, make sure you clear out a path between where the items are and the place in which you're storing them. This is so you don't hit any unexpected bumps and so that no one trips.

- Once you have your large item to its destination, you can then cover it with a furniture pad or a sheet. This is so dust and other harmful elements that may be present don't become an issue. Storage buildings are climate controlled now, but if dust is a concern, you can still cover your items.

In the meantime, make sure you take safety into account. Look into back supports so that you don't hurt yourself when lifting. If you're using a dolly, a palate jack, or another sort of cart, make sure all the parts are working so that you don't find yourself in a dangerous situation. You also want to make sure you use straps where appropriate. Many people are injured annually because of large items falling over onto them. If an item over 500 pounds falls onto a person, they can actually die of asphyxiation, so make sure everything is secure when it is in transit.

When you are finished following your checklist, you'll be glad that you created it because it helps move things along seamlessly. In other words, a big job is made a lot easier.

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