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.

3 Reasons You Might Use Self Storage

Why would you want to use self-storage for your items? There is a good chance that there will come a point in your life when self-storage is the only option to store items. Here are some of the most common reasons.

You run out of space at home
As we go through life it’s inevitable we start to collect all kinds of things and the longer you live in a space, the more it will be filled up with those things. It’s common to simply outgrow a house to the point where clutter makes life unbearable. Self-storage can be a solution to your problems by giving you the extra space to sort everything out and get rid of things you no longer use.

Working or moving abroad
In the increasingly mobile society we live in, it’s often the case that opportunities to work in different locations present themselves and sometimes these might be abroad. This can be both exciting and daunting time when it comes to moving furniture and so on. Of course there are plenty of removal specialists who can help with this but you can reduce costs by putting items you don’t need into storage until you need them.

Empty Nest
Some people are relieved to see their children grow into adults and leave others feel the effects of empty nest syndrome. Self-storage can help either way by providing you with an alternative space to store their stuff for a time when they might need it again or simply a way to hang on to those memories while you redecorate.

5 Most Popular Reasons To Opt For Self-Storage

People use self-storage for a multitude of purposes today from storing personal items and furniture to storage for business. So what are the 5 most common reasons to opt for self-storage? Read on to find out…

Simply running out of space
They don’t build new houses as big as they used to nowadays so space is often at a premium and people find they quickly outgrow their homes. Self-storage units can provide some vital extra space before moving into a larger property particularly for growing families.

Delays moving house
Getting everyone in a chain moving at the same time is as difficult as ever. If a sale is delayed for any reason, it can leave people homeless while waiting to move in to their new property. Self-storage can help reduce the storage burden on relatives and friends while you are waiting for the move to take place.

Building renovations and refurbishment
If major works needs to be done on a property, then it is often easier to store larger items like furniture in storage. This will keep it in good condition and reduce the possibility that it will get damaged.

Student storage
Leaving home for the first time is a life changing experience. It can also involve lots of moving around which is where self-storage comes in particularly handy.

Moving abroad
Many people opt to store some items in the UK when they move abroad, particularly if they intend to come back in the future. This reduces transportation costs if the items stored in the UK are not required in a second home abroad.

Storage For Retired Downsizers In London

London may be seen as a city for young people, but recent surveys have discovered that it is actually older retired people who find the city just as appealing. This means Fortbox self-storage comes in particularly hand for those who need to downsize.

The stereotypical view of pensioners is that they want to retire away to live in a bungalow close to the sea or in some quiet countryside setting. This may have been the case for past generations, but cities like London are increasingly becoming a magnet for wealthier pensioners who actually thrive on the hustle and bustle of city life.

Transport connections are far better than you will find in a small town or village and there is so much more entertainment on offer. Many pensioners like the idea of becoming anonymous in a big city as well as the mental stimulation, fast moving city life provides.

Living in London, however, could never be described as cheap. Pensioners will need a generous pension to afford the higher cost of living but the upside is pensioners will often only need a small apartment to live in. This can save money and if storing away a lifetime’s worth of memories is a problem, the London is where self-storage can be a cost effective option.

How To Store Antique Furniture

London is well known for its antique shops and it’s easy to get carried away with buying them and then discovering that you can’t find any extra space to store them properly.

The problem is if you try and place them in a confined space, your antiques might get damaged and if they are worth something, you can end up not only losing a prized asset but your investment as well.

So to protect your antiques, why not consider self-storage instead? You can not only have peace of mind that they will be secured 24 hours a day but also in a place where they will be preserved in top condition until you need them.

Of course if you are planning to store items like furniture, you can save space by dismantling what you can. You should then store it off the floor so that there is adequate ventilation. If the furniture is made of wood then this is particularly important.

Wooden furniture should be polished and covered in fabric to p-reserve it in good condition and avoid things like mould getting in. If there is too much moisture where you intend to store it, opt for a storage unit that is climate controlled to avoid the wood getting warped.

Leather furniture should also be cleaned and thoroughly dried before being placed in storage and placed off the ground on a pallet if possible.

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.

More Storage Tips from the Storage Experts

I haven’t looked at this subject for a while, but it is worth re-examining what the latest thinking is among storage experts. I polled the ever-friendly staff at Fort Box and some of the removals experts they know – here is what I found out.

• Fill boxes to capacity but keep to the appropriate weight for the box, as partially full or bulging boxes may tip or collapse – use lightweight items such as cushions to ‘fill out’ space.

• Heavy items should be packed into small boxes so that they are easy to lift and do not damage the box material.

• Label or number boxes for easy reference when you need to locate your goods – this is a perennial favourite and not one you will appreciate until you see the chaos that can ensue when it’s not done properly!

• Make up an inventory of your stored items and keep it in a safe place at home. (Ask about our clever inventory management app and website called SmartTrakr™!)

• Dishes and glasses should be wrapped in tissue paper or bubble wrap before storing – yes, it is obvious but surprising how people take short cuts.

• Place heavy or bulky items in the room first to provide a good stacking base and to avoid ‘cardboard crush’.

• Plan your storage space – put those items that you need often near the front of your storage room.

• Always place a protective cover over your soft furnishings as they are easily damaged by coming into contact with anything else.

Do you have a storage advise to share? Let’s hear from you! Email me at louise@fortbox.co.uk.

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

Business Storage Solutions for Document Storage

Depending on your business you may be required to keep company records for several years depending on the document. Storing these documents at your office may not be the best business storage solution. Consider renting off site document storage with a storage company and free up that valuable office space for a more profitable use.

Many businesses both large and small use off site document storage to get organised and free their offices of archive boxes. Most storage companies offer document storage services to make the move to storage a time and money saving decision. At Fort Box we offer a wide range of services. Several storage services are free with your weekly agreement:

  • Item Retrieval and Delivery Service* – door-to-door service for customers with inventoried document storage boxes. We offer one free pick-up or retrieval per week!
  • Professional Shredding* – use our secure, locked document storage container on-site.
  • Shelving – by renting shelving you can maximise the room size as well as provide an organised area for quick access.

Keep in mind that you should organise similar documents in files or boxes and clearly label the contents. Since handwriting can sometimes be misinterpreted, make sure and use a printed label and place on the top and front of your box. Fort Box offers a very sturdy archive box that is available at our centres.

Fort Box Document Storage Services
We offer Item Retrieval and Delivery of inventoried boxes to all Fort Box customers.

*Services free with your weekly agreement. Certain restrictions apply.

Business Storage Solutions for Online Entrepreneurs

The Internet has revolutionized the way we do our shopping. Think about the benefits like convenience, better pricing, variety, and my personal favourite, avoiding of crowds! There is nothing better than making a cup of tea and browsing sites with a click of a button. This online phenomenon has produced some amazing online businesses started right from the entrepreneurs home.

There are so many stories of successful start-ups. One common thread among online start-ups is when their inventory starts to overtake their household storage space. This is a great problem to have and its the perfect time to consider business storage solutions!

Business storage is a useful and flexible solution for online businesses.  You can start with a 20 sq ft storage unit and increase or decrease in size based on your stock requirements. Rentals are weekly so you don’t need to worry about lease requirements or pay for unused space. Storage facilities are built with businesses in mind and provide wide access doors to allow easy access to your items.

At our London and Oxford storage locations we offer a Storage Customisation service and design the storage unit to fit your needs, including shelving, lighting, or electrical outlets. We also offer a free Item Retrieval and Delivery service for business storage and weekly deliver boxes from your business storage unit to your home.

Starting your own online business gives you complete freedom to control your own destiny and online shoppers like me a stress free experience. Speaking of shopping, I must get back to my online shopping cart!