Top tips for how to best store your wine at home in time for Christmas!

Whether you’ve been given a case as a special gift, a bottle to mark a milestone or you’re preparing for a special event (Christmas and New Year!) – make sure you’re wine is looked after at home.

Keep it cool!
Wine doesn’t like heat and temperatures higher than 21° C will age it more quickly than necessary. If it gets much hotter your wine might begin to ‘cook’ resulting in flat aromas and flavours. The ideal temperature range to store wine is between 7° C to 18° C.

Turn all the lights off
As well as heat, light – especially sunlight – can pose a threat to the long-term storage of wine. The sun’s UV rays can degrade and prematurely age wine which is why it comes in coloured glass bottles to protect the liquid from sunlight.

Keep the temperature the same at all times
Sudden changes of temperature are permanently damaging. On top of cooked flavours, the expansion and contraction of the liquid inside the bottle might push the cork out or cause seepage. So where possible, make sure you’re storing wine in a place that has a constant temperature.

Thats just a few tips for you to start off your Christmas with a pop!

Free Van Collection for Select Storage Units in OX3

Our Oxford storage centre now offers Free van collection on units up to 50sq ft and within 5 miles of our storage centre in OX3! Van collection is a stress-free way to get your belongings to your unit and save you money! Visit our website and choose the storage unit that is right for you. Make a reservation online or contact our storage centre at 01865 230170. We will then arrange a pick up time and our van and driver will arrive to your address.

Looking to rent a large room than 50sq ft? Contact us and we can provide you information about our trusted packing and removal service partners. If you are looking for storage in OX3, take advantage of this offer today!

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2012 Oxford House Prices, Moving Volumes And Storage Trends

House prices in Oxford and the wider Oxfordshire region increased by 3.3% in 2012 compared to the previous year according data published by the Land Registry, with the rate increasing in the second half of the year. The number of households moving in 2012 stayed the same as in 2011, although there was a marked tail-off in the second half of the year which was 6% down on the same period in 2011.

The use of self storage units was also up. The Fort Box self storage centre in Oxford reported higher customer numbers for the year and attributed this to increased awareness of the benefits of using self storage. For example they saw large numbers of households using storage rooms for a short term period whilst they underwent home improvements and building works.

David Niven, the Fort Box Oxford manager commented “With the house market remaining quite difficult in Oxfordshire we have found that many of our customers really appreciate our short term storage offer of “Stay 2 Months, Pay for One” which effectively gives you your first month free. Our minimum stay is only seven days and many customers take advantage of this flexibility.”

Housing Market Static in 2012


Moving to London – Consider Renting Cheap Storage Space

The average cost for a one bedroom flat in London is about £700 a month, according to  Add together all your other monthly charges and your wallet might be left a little flat. The good news is with careful planning and cost-saving solutions you can be on you way to enjoying everything London has to offer, all while keeping that wallet plump!

Here are a few of the cost-saving storage strategies you should consider:

  • Depending on where you are moving from you will quickly realise the lack of storage space available in most the flats throughout the city. Consider renting cheap storage space in London, a Louise tested tip!You can find a cheap storage unit (check out Fort Box storage discounts) and use the space in your flat more effectively.
  • Utilise the excellent public transport networks. You can get a monthly zone 1-2 travelcard for a little over £100 per month.
  • Store seasonal items like your winter wardrobe, bike, or maybe your collection of shoes (that you just can’t part with!) in a cheap storage unit,  you can then rent a smaller flat and save money. Another great use for a storage unit is to store your items while you are searching for a flat. Since many of them rent out on a weekly basis you can use as long as you need.
  • Stop in and stock up at charity shops. Walk down any High Street in London and you are sure to see a few charity shops where you can stock up on cheap household items to get you through those first months.

There are lots of way to be frugal (or should I say sensible!) when you move to London. By renting a smaller flat and considering cheap storage space, you can take advantage of everything the city has to offer. How are you utilising your storage space? Share your story, email me at

Cheap Storage in London
Moving to London? Consider These Cost-saving Ideas!

Removal Services When Planning Your House Move

When planning to move, the use of removal services is an important consideration. Summer time is the busiest time of the year for moving. The beginning and end of each month are traditionally busier than the middle of the month, regardless of season. If you are planning a move during one of those times, plan well in advance to schedule your removal services. Alternatively, you can skip the gym and roll up your sleeves to do the heavy lifting yourself! Here are some factors to help you decide between doing it yourself or utilizing a removal services company:

  • A reputable, professional removals company is the way to go for most people. It will cost you more than doing it yourself, but look for a removal company that partners with your storage company since they may offer discounts for these services.
  • If you’re currently in a relatively small space, you’re much less likely to require a removal company. If your items are going to storage, call your storage company and see if they offer van collection as that may do the job (ahem, Fort Box Storage offers Free Van Collection on select storage units!). If you are moving house to house, contact a reputable storage company that offers van service.
  • Many heavy pieces of furniture should point you toward using a removal services company.
  • If you’ve lived in your current location for more than three years, you’re more likely to have accumulated more boxes and might require removal assistance.

Have a specific moving question? It would be lovely to hear from you! Email me at louise@fortbox.couk.