Finding a safe place to lock up your belongings in London can be tricky, especially for students. Most rely on the basic provisions their university or college provides if they have lockers. The only solution that’s left for students is to leave potentially expensive items at their student accommodation or share house and hope for the best. However, there may be a more secure way to store your possessions.
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Students of Central London are taking active control of their storage needs and the safety and security of their possessions. London is an ideal setting for students – it’s a city where culture and historical, the contemporary and the classic converge, and it’s where innovation continues to drive the city. And where does this start? A great place is university, and one of the most important skillsets any future leader or entrepreneur can gain is autonomy – being able to take control of situations on our own, and this skill isn’t just something for the study or workplace, it’s something students can test out when they evaluate their storage requirements.
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London has 40 institutes of higher education, which is one of the highest concentrations in the world, and it boasts some of the world’s best universities and colleges, which all adds to the rich culture attached to the city. And with 40 higher education institutions comes a lot of students, and with a lot of students comes student accommodation, whether that’s halls of residence for first year students, or shared student housing.
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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.
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.
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.