Preparing for a car boot sale or seasonal fair

stock storage car boot signYou wouldn’t really tell by the weather, but believe it or not, Spring has sprung and we’re on our way to Summer! Car boot signs have started appearing and seasonal fair adverts and posters are making their way into various publications.

You may be a seasoned booter so already know the ropes or maybe you are organising your first seasonal or antiques fair. Whichever it is, it’s important that you prepare carefully for the big day and it’s vital that you keep your goods safe and damp-free.

Here are our tips to help you get the best from your day. More experienced booters may find it a useful checklist for their first outing in a while. Take into account the following to ensure that the items you are selling are kept in excellent condition until you hand them over and that you get the best returns from your efforts. Continue reading

Things to think about when using self storage

self storage unitsThere are many types of self storage, but which type do you need? This will depend on what you’re storing and how much access you need to your possessions. Different companies will offer different options, so it’s worth doing your homework and thinking carefully before you sign up.

Here are some of the questions you should be asking yourself before you make a decision about using self storage.

What are you storing?
You might only have a few small boxes to put in storage, or you may have a house or office full of goods that need tucking away safely for a while. Some storage providers offer one-size-fits-all units, while others provide anything from small lockers to huge units. Getting the right size will ensure that your goods aren’t cramped and that you aren’t overspending on storage. If you are storing valuable items that could get damaged, ask potential storage providers whether the units are dry, pest-controlled and temperature-controlled. There are regulations about what can and can’t be stored in self storage – make sure you check if you are in any doubt. Continue reading

How to organise your stored items

business_storageYou’ve decided that you need some sort of business storage but perhaps you’re not sure how to organise the items that will be stored. This simple guide will give you a few helpful ideas, enabling you to maximise space, keep your goods in excellent condition and make it easy to find what you need when the time comes.

 

Boxes
You may wish to use archive boxes to keep your goods in. If so, keep heavy items at the bottom and lighter items at the top. Don’t overfill your boxes or it will be difficult to transport and shift your boxes around. Label them carefully and keep an inventory so you know where everything is and leave a walkway if you are using a large storage unit so you can easily access boxes at the back as well as those nearer the front. Boxes can be stacked on the floor or kept in racks to free up space and make it easier to find what you are looking for. Continue reading

Relocating? Read this before you up sticks

relocation secure storage packing boxesPerhaps you’re relocating for work purposes or want to be nearer friends and family. If so, you may be thinking about selling up and buying elsewhere. Alternatively, you might prefer to rent out your current property and move to a new home, giving you the option to move back in the future. Whatever you decide, you will need to think about what you will be taking with you and what you would prefer to leave behind or place in a secure storage facility.

 

Keeping hold of your existing property
There are a number of reasons for keeping hold of your home rather than selling it. Perhaps your relocation is temporary and you plan to move back at some point. Or maybe you would like to buy a second property and rent out your existing home. This way you can cover the mortgage payments while keeping your home either as an investment or a backdrop. Or perhaps you have negative equity in your property or the area you are relocating to is a lot more expensive than your current location. If so, you may choose to rent another property and let out your home for the time being. Continue reading

Top tips for spring cleaning and decorating

spring cleaning sign for short term storageSpring is finally here and it’s time to get the house in order. If you’re planning a deep clean or are thinking of redecorating, this guide will help you avoid some of the common pitfalls and will make your efforts more successful.

1. Top down
Start at the top of the house and work your way downwards and outside to avoid having to clean finished areas a second time. Work on one room at a time and finish each before moving on to the next. Once you see one room looking clean and sparkly you will feel more enthusiastic about starting work on the next area. Continue reading