If you are starting a new business as a tradesperson, then you will probably be investing in all sorts of tools to help you do your job. Some of these tools will be expensive and difficult to replace is they get lost or stolen so what are your options?
The days are long gone when a bag of tools would fix most things so if you are setting up as a self-employed electrician, plumber or builder you not only need a place to store everything, it also needs to be reasonably secure as well.
You can of course opt for the garden shed, or perhaps the garage, however this presents its own problems. Not only are these places far from secure unless you are prepared to invest in sophisticated security, they will also reduce the space you have at home.
Storing your tools in your works van is out of the question when it’s probably the least secure place you could store anything.
Even if you live in a safe neighbourhood, there is always the risk that thieves will pay a visit at some point. One of the safest options is to use a self-storage unit to keep your tools stored away safe with the added benefit of the site being covered by CCTV.
With the summer holidays looming large on the horizon, no doubt you will be planning for some trips away. Possibly one of the last things on your mind at this time will be storage, but planning somewhere safe to store your valuables should be high on the agenda if you want to ease any worries about leaving your home unattended.
If you are going away for the summer it’s likely you will be away for no more than one or two weeks, but for the lucky few, this could be even longer. In either case it is important to ensure that your home is as secure as it can be while you’re away.
One of the easiest ways to do this is to ask neighbours to keep an eye on things. It probably isn’t the best idea to leave your curtains drawn at the front of your house all day just in case the wrong type of people notice that they are never opened.
No matter what you do to secure the property, there is always the risk of burglary. Even if that risk is a small one it is important to check your insurance to make sure your valuables are covered.
Smaller items of value can either be stored in a safe at home as long as that safe can’t easily be carried away! Or for extra security you could consider renting a self storage unit to give you extra peace of mind.
You may be considering storing away your mattress due to a change in circumstances, such as the arrival of a new baby. The spare bedroom will inevitably need to lose the full sized bed in exchange for a cot and all the other things you need to put in a nursery.
Storing a bed frame is usually quite easy. You simply dismantle it and pack everything away. The same isn’t true for a mattress which is one of the most cumbersome things to store away in the home. It’s only when you have a sudden need to store it somewhere else other than the bedroom that you realise just how much space these things take up!
Not only do they need to be kept dry but it also needs to keep its shape as well if you intend to use it again at some point. So this normally rules out the garage or any other space you have outside. Another option is to store it under another bed, but this is far from ideal and it can end up gathering dust.
One of the best options for storing a mattress is to use a self-storage unit that is climate controlled. If you do decide to go down this route, then it is important to make sure the mattress is dry before wrapping it so that you don’t end up sealing in moisture.
It should then be stored flat so that it doesn’t lose its shape and remember not to place anything on top of it which will result in the same problem.
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.
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.
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.