Tuesday, 16 September 2014

What Can I Use Self Storage For?

People and businesses use self-storage for a variety of short and long term needs. It may be to help with de-cluttering a home in order to sell or to house your business stock on a longer term basis. Here are a few ways our customers use self-storage.

Home Solutions:

De-cluttering – Estate Agents recommend that houses sell faster if they are
depersonalised and don’t contain a whole load of your own stuff.

In between homes – Some customers find that there house sells quickly, they move into
a smaller rental property but need storage for the rest of their items until they buy a bigger

Heirlooms – Customer who downsized can find themselves without space to store their
family heirlooms, safely and securely. These are items that they want to keep but don’t have
room for at home.

Seasonal storage – Winter items such as skis, winter boots, and festive decorations can take
up a lot of storage space. Equally you can swop this for your summer stuff if necessary -
BBQ’s, collapsible swimming pools, hiking kit, water sports and garden play equipment.

Moving Abroad – perhaps you are renting out your home and moving abroad but aren’t
quite ready to sell your stuff or ship it yet.

Students – can store their items from student halls or houses without annoying mum and
dad. Students often club together to rent a container.

Business Solutions:

Home businesses – Some of our business customers are homeworkers but don’t want to
store all their records, accounts, promotional items or stock at home. Instead they use us to
free up more space at home.

Office based businesses – real estate is valuable and customers don’t want to waste it
with storing paperwork. Therefore offices often use our storage facilities for archiving their

Tradespeople – whether you are a market trader, plumber, builder or electrician it’s often
useful to have a storage facility you can use to securely store tools, stock and/or equipment.

Monday, 1 September 2014

Ten Packing Pointers

1. Make lists – when your items have been in storage for some time it’s easy to forget what’s where. Make a list for each item/box, and keep a duplicate.

2. Pack similar items together – such as accounting records in one box, inventory in another. Label each box as you complete and seal it.

3. Spread the load – Don’t cram loads of stuff into one box – remember you still need to carry it. Consider splitting heavier items between several smaller boxes.

4. Look after fragile items – Don’t leave things to chance bubble wrap items such as mirrors and glass. Make sure the boxes are marked ‘Fragile’ – use specially marked tape if available.

5. Dry Out – whatever you do don’t pack damp or wet items. A mouldy tent does not make for a pleasant surprise in a few weeks.

6. Open doors – leave doors open on ovens, refrigerators and freezers, and dishwashers – and yes, drain and clean these items, too.

7. Don’t waste space – pack different sized suitcases inside each other or pack stuff in the cases.
8. Clean before storing – cushions, sofas, bedding and mattresses should all be cleaned before storing and protected with appropriate covers.

9. Accessing your stuff – it goes without saying that if you are going to need access to something don’t put it at the back of your container under a whole load of other items that you don’t need to get to.

10. Heaviest bottom – Pack heaviest items on the bottom of your piles.