Where to store appliances during repairs or relocation
Are you renovating? Then we have two pieces of news for you: a big one and a good one. Which one should we start with? The big news, as well as the big problem, is the appliances that you have somewhere to put while you’re renovating. The good news is that we’ll tell you where!
Appliances (like furniture) when you’re renovating are really literally a big problem that’s best solved on shore. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that renovations with appliances are compatible. If you leave everything as it is, that is, in its place, even if you cover it with foil, you risk ruining the appliances. In addition, the technique simply interfere with the repair work – it will have to move, and thus again risk that something will fall or get dirty in the paint.
When moving happens the same thing – a huge household appliances requires a lot of effort: it needs to be packed, sometimes disassembled, taken out of the apartment, loaded into the car, transported, brought to a new place. It is not easy when you have a two-meter refrigerator weighing 80 kilograms. And if you also have a washing machine, dryer, freezer, stove and oven – mmm, smell the adventure!
And now back to the good news: in both cases, you have the magic tip – get rid of appliances in advance to make repairs or moving easier and simpler. Getting rid of means putting them in storage until you finish repairs or get settled into your new home. And after that, it’s time to put everything in its place. Read in this article where you can put your appliances and home office equipment while you’re renovating or moving to keep them and your nerves in good order.
What appliances you can and should put in storage when you repair or move
In fact, almost all of it, because in the first few days after you move you won’t need it or can do without it. These are:
- washing machine;
- tumble dryer;
- computers and monitors;
- digital small appliances;
What are the options for places to store appliances when repairing or moving
Send it to the country house, stick it on the balcony, or even organize storage of appliances in a warehouse? Collected in this article all the pros and cons of different options for storage spaces, so you can choose the most appropriate one for you.
A general list of conditions for storing appliances
The temperature for storing appliances should be from +8 to +23 degrees Celsius. Anything lower or higher can already have a negative effect on the appliances, especially when constantly exposed.
- Humidity level not exceeding 70%.
- No direct sunlight.
- Absence of moisture.
- Constant ventilation (ventilation must be installed).
Where to put your equipment when you repair or move
If your apartment has at least two rooms, you can theoretically move your appliances into the next room. It will need to be boxed up and hauled.
Pros: no need to travel anywhere, spend money on transportation.
Cons: the room may become too crowded, and if the repair will be with a lot of dust – perhaps it will penetrate inside the box and settle on the digital elements, the equipment can be ruined.
The pantry usually doesn’t have much space, but some appliances (especially small ones) can fit. Be careful – do not put large things on small appliances, boxes may not hold, and heavy things will collapse on the equipment and may damage it.
Pros: appliances are always on hand, no need to organize transportation.
Cons: you may not be able to fit all the appliances, such as a refrigerator. In addition, if you have stored something in the closet before, such as a bicycle – these things will have to move somewhere.
A balcony or loggia
You can use the balcony as a mini storage room and put your appliances there for the time of repairs.
Pluses: you carry a minimum of weight – you can handle even two people. And again, you do not need to carry anything anywhere.
Cons: the balcony is not suitable for storage in hot summer (will be sun and high temperature) or cold winter (too low temperature). In the off-season on the loggia can be too humid or there will be temperature fluctuations, which will cause the accumulation of condensation under the package.
Neighbors, relatives or friends
If you have acquaintances nearby who are willing to hold onto their appliances, this is a very good option, as it’s ideal in terms of conditions, as safe as possible, and free of charge. Seems like a lot of advantages? Yes, but remember about the time nuance – stipulate in advance the term of the storage of appliances, so you do not put your friends in an awkward situation by storing their things. Plan for time and calculate that if the repair is delayed, then things will have to be taken away and again look for an option to place them.
The pros of the garage are unlimited storage time – you can leave your appliances there for at least a year. Minuses await the owners of unheated garages – in winter and in the off-season things can get damaged because of temperature changes, as well as the package can be interested in rodents – in this case the damage is inevitable.
Сottage or country house
Anything can stay in a country house for an unlimited time – take it away when it’s convenient. The only disadvantage is that you will have to organize the transportation of household appliances – expect to rent a truck that will hold a refrigerator and washing machine at least.
Renting a box or a cell
Storage lockers are a good option, where things will be stored in safe conditions and complete safety. It’s not free, but in this case you’re paying for reliability and your comfort. However, this option still has an unpleasant point – the technique to the box or cell must somehow drag, bring – so in any case, you have to prepare (packaging and transportation of household appliances).
Renting a container
Shipping containers have long been used to transport things, including appliances. They can also be used for its storage.
The pluses of storing appliances in containers is that you retain personal access to your stuff – something you can pick up earlier, something to be finished during repairs, and it’s also a fairly budget-friendly option (it’s definitely cheaper than a locker or box).
The downside is the harsh conditions – containers have no heating and ventilation, so in winter and during the off-season this option can be dangerous – equipment from frost and excessive humidity can deteriorate.