Are You Moving House And Stuck with White Goods?

September is a popular month for house moves as people race to avoid having to move all their belongings before the bad weather sets in. Thankfully we seem to be in the midst of an Indian summer at the moment but there is one problem you might have encountered which is common among many people who are moving into a rental property – what to do with white goods!

Fridge freezers, washing machines and so on otherwise known as white goods are essentials in any home. The problem arises when it’s time to move house and the property you are moving into has its own integrated appliances.

Washing machines and fridge freezers aren’t the easiest things to try and find space for and it unlikely your new landlord will appreciate you storing them in your new home in the first place.

So what are your options?

If you are planning to move into your rental within the next few weeks it is worth assessing how much your appliances are worth. Are they worth keeping? Sometimes it’s just easier to sell them on ebay or Gumtree rather than have to think about where to store them.

If they are in good working order, however, you do have the option of putting them in self-storage along with other items you may not have space for.

End Of Summer Garden Storage

As we approach the end of summer it is likely that you will be spending less and less time in the garden. It won’t be long until summer turns to autumn and all that garden furniture, tools, paddling pools, barbecues and other summer items will need to be put away to keep them in good condition for next year.

The problem this time of year is finding space for all these items. Often sheds will be full to bursting already so there will be a bit of head scratching to be done finding the extra room. Many people opt for plastic covers to keep items like barbecues dry, but these often end up damaged and leaks will end up causing rust.

Garden furniture is also particularly prone to wear and tear if it is left out all year round. You will soon fine that plastic and cloth fade and lose their colour in the sun after only a year outside. Wood meanwhile will suffer from our damp climate.

Try cramming tables, chairs and barbecues in a standard-sized shed and it will become painfully obvious that you will need to buy some form of storage unit (if you have the space). The problem is, our gardens will be less appealing when they are full of various types of storage.

So what’s the solution?

Why not pop along to your local self-storage facility and remove the hassle altogether. We can offer storage for several months until the better weather returns.

5 Ways To Avoid Becoming A Victim Of Opportunist Burglars

Nobody can stop a determined thief, but there is a lot you can do to stop the less determined ones if you are planning to spend some time away from home this month.

Move your large valuable items into self storage
Putting items you would normally store in the shed or garage into storage is a sensible precaution if you are going to be spending a long time away from home. There are countless stories of bikes being stolen from sheds and so on, so why give those opportunist thieves the opportunity?

Leave lights on or have them come on periodically
While you might not want to waste energy, the technology exists to control the lighting in your home much like the heating if you are away.

Make your fences harder to climb
Burglars are unlikely to use the front door to get into your house, it’s easier for them to just climb a fence around the back. Adding trellis to the top will make the fence a lot less stable to climb and even if they try to remove it, is it really worth the hassle?

Don’t leave valuables on display
If the burglar can see valuables through the window, then they will have more encouragement to break in.

Make sure the house looks lived in
Tidying up the garden right before you go can give the impression that you haven’t been away long and could be back at any time.

Small Business Storage Advice

There has been a huge explosion in the number of home-based businesses. Anyone with an Internet connection and a bit of spare cash can buy some goods and sell them online. The only problem is where to store the goods…

Affordable storage units are an ideal solution if you find yourself being short on space. Often when starting out in business, the garage, the garden shed or any spare space in the house ends up being used to house the numerous cardboard boxes and other packaging you need. Things can often get so cluttered it becomes impossible to tidy the house properly and self-storage for business can help relieve the burden significantly.

Not only will flexible self-storage mean you don’t get tied into long contracts as you would if you rent a warehouse for this purpose. You can simply rent storage space as an when you need it and continue to work from home.

Using self-storage for your business means you will have greater security with someone keeping an eye on things 24/7 so you have one less thing to worry about. If you buy a lot of goods in only to end up having them stolen, it can severely impact on the survival of the business.

Self-Storage Isn’t Just For Parents And Businesses

If you’re going away to university or having a gap year and your parents want to put your old room to better use, it can leave you wondering what to do with all your stuff. This is where self-storage can provide you with a handy way to keep things safe when you are moving from place to place.

At Fort Box Self Storage we offer a whole range of storage options and there are even vans available to help pick up your stuff. This is takes away the headache of spending money on van hire and provides the added benefit of having your possessions stored in a secure environment rather than leaving it to chance.

Having your stuff located in self-storage also gives you options and more freedom to decide when and where you will be living rather than having to rush to decide. If you don’t happen to own that much or if you only have a few things that need to go into storage, it is possible to share your storage with a friend to save a few pounds.

One thing to remember is that during busy times it may not be easy to book the storage space you need. It is advisable to book early to make sure your space is secured.

10 Reasons for using a self-storage unit

There are several reasons for using self-storage units. Here are the top 10 reasons why so many people are increasingly using such units:

Divorce:
The truth hurts but unfortunately the rate of divorce has increased over the past few years. When a couple separates it is more than likely that they will not require as much space as they needed when they were together. As a result they might need self-storage units to store shared belongings while they decide what to do with them or to keep their belongings and valuables that can no longer be stored in a limited space.

Frequent Travelling:
Travelling has become more and more popular in recent years, especially with newlyweds, graduates and people just looking for an adventure. Therefore it’s always great help to have services of secure self-storage. This way you wont have to carry your valuable and bulky goods every time you travel and have peace of mind that your belongings are safe.

Retirement:
The use of secure self-storage can be encouraged by retirement. People may want to move to a smaller place after their children have moved out. However they may not feel comfortable in giving away their furniture or goods that may have sentimental value. In these situations self-storage may be required.

Business Use:
Recently there has been an increase in business utilization of self-storage over the recent years. Many businesses are opting to store furniture, files, computers, printers and other items that they don’t need at present.

Winter Storage:
You can use self-storage for lots during the winter seasons. Vehicles, lawn mowers and all other summer equipment that you don’t need in winter can be stored in self-storage units.

Hobby/Sports Equipment:
Sports are a part of everyday life for a lot of people. However the sports they love may be seasonal. In this instance I’m sure they would not like to store those bulky sports equipment in their homes during the off-season. That’s where self-storage would be a better idea to store all this equipment.

De-Cluttering:
Over the years many of us tend to hoard items all around the house, therefore we want to de-clutter once in a while. In the process of doing this you may find items that you would prefer to keep. In these cases self-storage can offer a solution. This way you can clear your home and have access to your valuables.

Downsizing:
It is common to search for secure self-storage when downsizing. It is possible that there is not enough adequate space to fit all your furniture, but at the same time getting rid of them may not be a feasible option. So, there’s no better way then self storage units. Have a look at the various services offered by Fortbox, which could prove beneficial in such cases.

Need More Space:
General space constraint is another reason why many people are opting for self-storage units. The cost of living has increased so much that some people simply cannot afford to pay for bigger living spaces. Instead, they are opting for smaller homes. As a result self-storage units are used to store extra furniture and valuables that cannot be in the house.

Moving Home:
At times, you may have to leave your current living arrangements due to some particular reasons while your new living space is not readily available. Many people may have to start living with friends, family or temporary living space during such situations. Therefore, getting hold of secure self-storage to keep your entire furniture collection and belonging is the best possible solution for you.

Stock Storage London – safe, convenient and secure

Safe and secure stock storage in London from Fort Box couldn’t be more convenient. Our stock storage units come in  a range of sizes so you can store as much or as little stock as you like, freeing up your office or home space.

Stock Storage for small businesses and the self-employed 

If you’re starting out in business supplying goods to customers or have taken on a self-employed role that requires you to keep stock, then stock storage could be the perfect solution for you. Our clean, dry units will keep all your stock in one place ready for you to drop off or collect boxes from your stock storage unit whenever suits you best. Our stock storage units also come complete with these FREE services:

  • SmartTrakr™ so you can keep track of your stock storage items via smart phone or online
  • Door-to-door item retrieval and delivery – for customers with inventoried stock storage boxes. You can claim one FREE pick-up or retrieval each week.
  • Office Amenities – we offer FREE printing, copying, faxing and Wi-Fi

We can also tailor your stock storage unit in London to your own individual needs – we can add shelving, lighting and electrical outlets to make your stock storage unit as comfortable as possible for your use.

You can also opt to have access to your stock storage unit during our opening hours only, or you can choose extended 24 hour access so you can always get to your stock, any time of day or night.

About our Stock Storage units

All of our units – starting at just 10 sq.ft. – are individually alarmed, monitored by 24 hour digital CCTV and accessed only using your own personal PIN and padlock key. Whatever the amount or size of the stock items you need to store, we’ll have a stock storage unit that meets your needs and you can even make use of our Personal Organiser service. This helps you to arrange your stock storage unit as conveniently as possible, so you can get to what you need quickly and conveniently.

For stock storage in London, we believe that you won’t find a better service or facilities than ours. Simply contact us to discuss your stock storage requirements in London and we’ll put together a quote for you.

File Storage from Fort Box

Whatever your file storage needs, look no further than Fort Box. We provide secure file storage units across London for business and non-commercial clients who need to free up space whilst ensuring that their files are safe and sound.

Our file storage units in London come in all sizes, starting at just 10 sq.ft., so you can store as few or as many boxes as you’d like.

Added Value Business File storage

For business clients, file storage can be a godsend if office space is tight and your filing cabinets are overflowing. You might need to store archive files or keep essential files for legal purposes. Whichever, our file storage in London can provide the full service you expect as a business user including full office amenities such as free printing, copying, faxing and Wi-Fi.

Store your domestic files too…

For domestic customers across London, file storage can bring peace of mind knowing that all of your essential household documents are being stored safely in a secure unit. None of us likes to think about serious events such as a fire or plumbing disaster destroying our home contents, but these things do happen. So storing your essential household insurance and mortgage documents, for example, and even precious things you wouldn’t want to lose such as your children’s school reports or certificates makes a lot of sense.

File Storage for small business

If you’re self-employed or run a small business, you may also need to think about file storage to cut down the clutter in your home or office. Again, you need to keep your files for tax purposes, so why not free up your drawers and cabinets and store the files you don’t need to access so often in one of our secure file storage units?

Safe and Secure file storage

All of our clean and dry file storage units in London are individually alarmed, monitored by 24 hour digital CCTV and accessed only using your own personal PIN and padlock key. If you require it, we can install shelving, lighting and/or electrical outlets to ensure that your storage unit meets your needs perfectly.

If you think that file storage in London is the right decision for you, simply contact us to discuss your needs and to allow us to give you a quote for our services, including FREE SmartTrakr™ so you can keep track of your storage items via smart phone or online plus door-to-door item retrieval and delivery – for customers with inventoried storage boxes. You can claim one FREE pick-up or retrieval each week.

Storage for Santa

A young business owner recently came to visit us in our Oxford Unit, looking for a storage solution for his stock. 5 years ago he started a business from his bedroom, importing unusual and weird novelty items and selling them online. Initially he was able to do this by supply and demand, but the business soon grew to the level that he was having to keep stock of some of his more popular weird and wonderful purchases.

His bedroom was fast becoming a warehouse and his mum was non too pleased. He wasn’t yet at the stage where he could justify renting a business premises, but the family home was also no longer an option. He needed a stock storage solution and fast, before his mother started to act on her threats of stopping cooking and cleaning for him!

So we helped by renting him a medium sized storage unit where he could easily store his stock or the weird and wonderful at an affordable price, and keep his dear old mum happy at the same time.

We must admit, this is one of our favourite units as it is like Santa’s grotto in there! All of our team now order most of their birthday and Christmas presents from the young entrepreneurs website, and pretty soon he will be able to afford his very own warehouse. Not ideal for us, as it means he will be leaving, but great news for him!

We are just pleased that we could help him with his stock storage issues at the beginning of his blossoming business career and maybe when he becomes the next Richard Branson, he will remember Fortbox fondly!

If you have a stock storage problem, and you are also upsetting your mum, dad, wife, housemate, then we can help. It doesn’t have to be exciting stock either. We don’t mind what you want to store, but we must admit that the more unusual stock items always capture our interest!

Archive your files and free up your office space!

We were so pleased to be able to help a large Property Management Company with their file storage in Oxford last week. They had boxes of files accumulating in their office making working conditions difficult, but from time to time they needed access to them.

While we know from experience that self storage is incredibly practical, for companies it can be inefficient to be sending staff out to pick up files. Our free retrieval and pick up service is of great benefit to this customer, they just send a quick email with the list of items required and we’re able to drop them off and collect new items to be stored whilst we’re there, thus clearing valuable office space.

When it came to the initial move to our purpose built storage facility, we were able to arrange the complete move free of charge using our specialist transport partners. This enabled all of their staff to carry on with their work while we took responsibility for the removal itself.

If their document storage needs change we also offer very flexible storage terms. Should they need to grow their storage we have a large selection of storage units available to add or change to. Or when the time comes to dispose of document archives we’re able to help with our professional shredding service, which is free to all our customers