The concept of downsizing isn’t new, older people have being doing it for years when they reach a stage where they are unable to manage a large property. Increasingly it isn’t just old people who downsize with younger people also downsizing to reduce work, bills and free up cash.
In a housing market where demand is high, it is easier to sell a large property these days and this makes downsizing a compelling alternative for people who live in houses with high running costs, and too much space to heat and maintain.
While there are plenty of advantages to downsizing there are also some drawbacks. The first is getting used to living in a smaller property. This isn’t easy when you have grown used to having lots of space.
Naturally you will also have less room to store all the items you have accumulated over the years. Many of these items can be valuable so it isn’t always possible to simply give them away or sell them for a knockdown price on eBay or Gumtree.
So the best solution is to store those items you value but don’t need often in secure self-storage. Long term storage can be surprisingly affordable and it means you won’t have to part company with things you might need later on.
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.