December 31, 2020 | 3 minute read

How to Utilize Self Storage for Appliances


Appliances are a big investment, and if you are moving houses, upgrading them, or renovating your home, you might need a safe space to store them. A storage unit in Vancouver is an excellent option as it is safe, temperature- and humidity-controlled, and come in a variety of sizes so you can choose the exact unit that is right for you.

We see a lot of people bringing in appliances for short- and long-term self storage. And we also see the right way to store appliances, and the wrong way. By taking a few extra steps, you can ensure that your appliances are in great condition and ready to use as soon as you need them. This is how.

Steps to Store Appliances


Appliances like dishwashers and washing machines use water, as well as chemicals and cleaners, which means that liquid gets stored in the system, even between uses. The first thing to do before you move these appliances into storage is to make sure the system is drained and dried.

To do this, run the cycle once with it empty and without any soap, instead use bleach or vinegar. This will help kill any bacteria that is living in the lines and will prevent mold from developing later on. Disconnect the water line and give it ample time to dry out completely.


Whatever the appliance, give it a very thorough clean, ideally with bleach to kill any backteria. If it’s a fridge, take out all the shelves and drawers and clean all the nooks and crannies. For freezers, make sure they are completely defrosted and that there is no frost build up left. Give the outside a good wipe down, too, and make sure that any dust and grime is taken care of. You will appreciate this effort later on when you are ready to retrieve the appliances.


All appliances have one thing in common — they are heavy. When preparing to move, it’s advisable that you find a dolly or cart to help the process and save the body. Moving blankets help prevent scratches and damage. Hiring movers is another option. 


When you have decided on the self storage unit in Vancouver that works for your needs, the next thing is to correctly store your appliances there. You’ve already prepared and figured out how to them, now it’s making sure that they will be ready to go when you need them back.

Once they are in the storage unit, make double sure they are clean and dry. Keep any doors open a crack to let air flow through (you may need to prop some doors open), and it’s a good idea to keep an open box of baking soda inside to absorb any lingering odours. Make sure there is some space between them and that they are stored right side up.

If all these steps are taken, then your expensive appliances should be ready to go and in great shape when you need them next. If you are searching for a self-storage unit in Vancouver, we offer a wide range of sizes and pricing options. You can rest assured that your valuables will be safe and just the way you left them.