What Is ‘Seasonal Storage’

Seasonal storage is a particular type of storage which can be short as well as long term. Seasonal storage doesn’t just mean autumn and winter, however, as it can cover any time of year and mean different things to different people.

If you’re a business owner, seasonal storage can indeed be linked to the weather. So if you have a business that thrives in the summer months, you may have a requirement to store away equipment over the winter months. The opposite might apply if you are running a winter sports type of business.

Season’s in business don’t need to relate to what the weather is doing either. It could be that there are conference seasons, exhibition seasons and fashion season. The list is endless but in all these cases you will be bringing your items to and from storage on a regular basis.

This is when it’s important to ensure that you choose a self-storage company that understands your storage needs and offers you the flexibility year round.

You will find that our storage units can cater for most of your storage needs, whether it’s exhibition stands, furniture or leisure equipment. You can also have peace of mind that your items will be kept safe for the next season.

3 Storage Tips for Car Boot Sales

If you have caught the car boot sale bug, then you will probably find that self-storage can help you store your items safely so that everything is in good condition ready for the weekend trading.

Why opt for self-storage other than your garage?

If you are attending car boot sales with your stall on a regular basis, you will probably end up storing a lot of stuff at home, in a lock-up or perhaps in your garage. These are far from ideal environments, not least because lots of space will be taken up until you sell your items.

Of course a lot depends on how big those items are. Generally with car boot sales there will be a bit of a mixed bag of larger and smaller items. It is likely that all of them will need to be kept in an area that isn’t damp and won’t increase the risk of damage.

It’s hard to make a decent amount of money from car boot sales as it is without having to discount further when items are not in the best condition.

Self-storage should solve all of these problems for you with the added benefit of extra security.

Back To School Storage Advice

The kids are back in school, the summer hols are fast becoming a memory and now it’s time to get reorganised and back into the work school routine. One thing you might not have thought about at the start of this new terms is the extra storage space you may need!

If your children are still at primary school you may not have much to worry about other than finding storage for their artwork and toys. Secondary school is another problem altogether as kids graduate from pens pencils and notepads to laptops, sports equipment, stuff they need for school trips and so on.

Then there are the countless folders full of work which if you don’t have space for a filing cabinet can add up to a lot of extra space being taken up in the home.

If this is you, then you will no doubt be craving some advice on how to deal with it all.

The first place to start is to get your teenagers to organise their things. This as most parents know is not a particularly easy task at the best of times but it is worth a try.

Secondly you will need to set up dedicated storage space that is easily accessible. Often work will need to be stored away until it is needed for revision and exams.

If you find you are struggling to free up enough space, then why not consider self-storage for items that are taking up space? Anything you don’t need can be stored away to help keep the house tidy and reduce stress levels for everyone.

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.

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.

3 House Move Essentials You Shouldn’t Forget

This time of year is one of the most popular for moving house, however it doesn’t matter what time of year you decide to move, the experience is likely to be just as stressful. There is so much to remember, it is easy to forget some important essentials.

So after you have dealt with the estate agents, solicitors and packing of boxes, what else is there? Here are three home move essentials that are commonly forgotten about in the confusion…

Redirecting your mail
Redirecting mail is often at the bottom of the moving house list, but it is very important to redirect things like bank statements, credit cards and so on. Failing to do this can leave you open to all sorts of problems and security issues.

Let the council know you are moving house
You will still be liable for council tax unless you let the council know that you are moving to another house. It is also important to inform them of your new address to avoid any confusion.

Arrange Insurances
This is another thing that tends to be put to the bottom of the list. Moving house means things may be at more risk than usual, particularly if the house is left empty.

Making use of your local self-storage facility can also be handy if you don’t want to move everything all at once. Contact us for more details today.

Advice On Packing Boxes To Make The Best Use Of Space In A Storage Unit

So you have taken the decision to pack your items in a storage unit and packing stuff away is simple right? Well not exactly. As with anything there is a certain knack to getting the best out of the storage you have available and the following advice might even save you money!

When we move house or pack things away, often the last thing we think too much about is how we pack things. Often cardboard boxes are gathered from the local supermarket which is a great way to recycle empty boxes but the easiest way to give yourself a storage headache.

If you look at how goods are stored in shops and in warehouses, you will see how packaging is usually of a uniform size. This is important to ensure that everything fits together without a loss of space in between on shelves.

The same principle applies to your own storage. If the majority of your items are in boxes, then having just a few size variations will help as will boxes with tops. If a box doesn’t have a top it will be more difficult to stack other boxes on top and the contents will end up getting dusty.

When you are packing your boxes, make sure heavier items are placed at the bottom with lighter items at the top so that you have a solid base for stacking.

Getting Your Holiday Rental Ready For The New Season

Holiday season is rapidly approaching in the UK and if you have a rental property by the sea that you want to maximise the return on, preparation is vital.

If you own a house in a picturesque area of the UK or you have recently purchased a property for investment, then hopefully you will have carried out an inspection by now before renting it out. Even the best kept houses can hide a multitude of problems if they have been used regularly.

Even if they are left unattended for a few months, you may find that there are more issues than you bargained for when you go and open it up. Houses left for a time can develop a damp odour so the first thing to do is open all the windows and put some heating on to warm things up and get rid of the dampness.

Now will be a good time to put together a check list so that you are aware of any problems before your visitors arrive. This can then be signed by them prior to moving in so that you don’t end up paying for damage you didn’t cause.

Often preparing a house for tenants short or long term will involve a complete tidy up. The best way is to put anything that isn’t required into storage so that you have more space to work with. The interior can then be redecorated without much fuss and you’ll have your house looking its best for the summer.

Packing Up And Moving To A House Boat? Here’s How Self Storage Can Help

There’s nothing like the tranquillity and relaxation you get trundling along on a canal boat through the great British countryside. While most people see spending time on a houseboat as a leisure pursuit, there are some who decide that a life on a houseboat should be full time.

For those people who are considering packing up their belongings and moving onto a houseboat, sacrifices will inevitably need to be made when moving from a house which has a large storage capacity to a canal boat that has very little in comparison.

Certainly to get the full enjoyment of a houseboat full time, you don’t want to be climbing over furniture and lots of clutter, which is where self-storage can come in particularly handy. Putting your items away in self-storage is probably far more cost effective then keeping them stored in a house you won’t be living in and it will free up some extra cash to enjoy retirement of perhaps extend your adventures.

Alternatively if you have grown attached to many of your possessions, house boat design has come a long way and there are plenty of ingenious ways to maximise what bit of space you have.