Relocating is a reality many of us have to undertake at least once in our lives, if not several times. The reasons for relocation vary – a new job in a new city or part of London, upgrading from a smaller to a larger property, moving from a rental property to your first house. Moving is a new chapter in our lives, and that can be exciting, but the process of relocating is not for the faint of heart.
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If you’re considering renovating your home, then you may also be wondering how you are going to create enough space to work in without your valuable items getting damaged.
Depending on the scale of work involved you may require a little or a lot of extra space to store things like furniture and breakables out of harm’s way. For example, if you decide you want to create a combined kitchen and dining room and knock out a dividing wall, you are guaranteed to see a lot of dust and mess.
Knocking out walls is a messy business and while you may be able to move a few items of furniture such as a dining table into another room, this will soon end up cluttering the space.
If you are fitting a kitchen as well then you might also need extra room for all the fixtures fitting and appliances that come along with it. Fitted kitchens generally come flat packed in many different sized boxes making it difficult to store them for any length of time.
The solution to all this is to find somewhere to stop your furniture and other items that might get in the way in self-storage. This will not only make the process less stressful but also protect your items from any damage cause by workers walking in and out or dust.
Self-storage is a cost effective way of providing a safe secure home for your valuable items, but sometimes costs can end up being more than you had anticipated. For example, a temporary relocation abroad may turn into something more long term, or perhaps the move from University into a home of your own hasn’t quite gone to plan.
There can be all sorts of reasons why you may need to look at storage costs and seeking advice from the people managing your self-storage can be a good first step in managing your self-storage in a way that doesn’t end up costing you more than it should.
Self-storage customers are often surprised at the extra space they can free up in their units just with a bit of reorganisation. Advice on stacking and racking can reveal some surprisingly simple ways to better use space.
If you already have your storage space used up to the max, then it may be time to look at what you are storing. If you have some items that you’re not going to use, because they have been replaced with newer items, then there may be little sense in hoarding them.
If your unit is too full and disorganised, then it is likely to forget what you are storing! The key to good self-storage management is to only pay for the storage you need whether it’s for the long or short term.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.