The road to Paris with the British Heart Foundation

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We did it! – Image courtesy of the British heart Foundation

The support people gave myself and my brother Piers for this challenge was immense and huge thanks to everyone for their moral and financial support. Below is a little insight into our journey from London to Paris with the British Heart Foundation.

In September last year, I announced that I would be cycling from London to Paris to raise money for the British Heart Foundation (BHF). Cycling with me would be my brother Piers Marks. Continue reading

Storage solutions for those school essentials

stroage solutions for school thinsgThe time has flown by and in just a couple of weeks children across the UK will be going back to school. The supermarkets and shops are full of school uniform and all those stationery essentials; pens, pencils, and notepads – you name it, they’ve got it. And it’s no longer just a few pens and pencils they need. Ask any secondary school pupil and they’ll tell you one packet of coloured pencils just won’t do it. Now they need highlighters, felt tips and permanent markers as well as pens and pencils, and not just in one standard size either. They want thin tips, wide tips, short ones and long ones. And when it comes to note pads, files and folders, it’s the same array of choice (and they’ll tell you – need!). Add to that school uniform, sports kit, bags and shoes and before long, you’ll be wondering where to put it all.

It’s time to start thinking of some clever storage solutions for all those school essentials!

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Comparing self storage costs

Costs_bannerWhen thinking about using self storage the first thing most people do is hop online and do a search for a self storage facility in the area they want. They might go onto a few individual websites and look at pricing but how closely do they look when comparing self storage costs? Often the price that’s shouting at you on the front page isn’t the price you’ll end up paying because there are additional add on costs like insurance. Make sure you know what’s included in any quote given and whether there are any charges that you night incur should you need to extend your time or cut it short. Sometimes, cost is not only about the storage space either; travel time and condition of the units can also have an impact on the overall cost to you.

So what questions should you ask when comparing self storage costs and quotes?

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Weird and wonderful things found in self storage units

self storage unitsSelf storage units are used by so many people for a variety of reasons. Extra storage space for the increasing amount of belongings at home; the essential low cost option that means you can manage your business overheads effectively; storing work tools so they don’t clutter up the garage at home; all very common reasons for using self storage. So, on the face of it those types of uses don’t really convey images of treasures being lovingly stored. But, nonetheless there have been treasures found in long forgotten self storage units as well as some more extraordinary things.

It has to be said, that most weird and wonderful finds seem to come from America – maybe we’re a bit more careful about our storage units in the UK. A statistic from back in 2011 stated that in America there were more than 50,000 abandoned storage units! Because of that programmes like Storage Hunters and Storage Wars, where people battle it out to win the contents of units in auctions hoping to find something of value have become more popular. Whilst it makes for good viewing, sometimes when you see someone’s personal possessions being picked through I can’t help but think it’s a little sad. Photographs and personal items that maybe should end up with family members, cast aside and thrown away because there’s no financial value in them. Continue reading

Moving House Checklists

moving house checklistMoving house is right up there as one of the most stressful things you’ll do in your life. And whilst there are some stressful encounters you can never prepare for, this is not one of them.

Planning and preparation will help your house move go as smoothly as possible and with some handy checklists it can be made even easier. It’s not just moving day itself that will need careful planning, there are a whole host of things to do before, during and after moving day.

We’ve broken things down into a few key areas to help you make a start. Continue reading