Moving house takes a whole lot of planning and organisation because you don’t just move house. Unless you are moving 10 minutes down the road, a house move normally involves changing schools, doctor, dentist, vet and a whole host of other things so there’s alot to think about before, during and after any move.
Once you’ve worked out all the essential people and organisations you need to deal with (and we’ve got some handy checklists for that), you then have to think about the best time to start packing your moving boxes. If you are going to pack efficiently and avoid damage it will take planning and time. Trying to pack all your moving boxes just a few days before the removal vans are due will only result in rushed packing, and probably, damage. So, what do you need to do to plan and pack effectively? First of all, and most importantly you need to decide the type of removal service you are going to use. This will have a major impact on the time needed to pack and the materials you’ll need. If you decide to use a removal company you may well have the option for them to provide a packing service for you. It’ll still take some planning as you’ll need to give them some direction over packing, but someone else will be doing it for you which frees up your time. Continue reading
Technology has changed the way we find and book our holidays and business travel. Of course there are still travel agents on the high street, but increasing numbers of people are choosing to organise their travel themselves. Booking directly through tour operators and flight companies and using home exchange sites or rental sites like Airbnb can be a way to find interesting and alternative places to stay. So, with more people looking for that ‘home from home’ experience when travelling, more people are finding they can earn a little extra income by renting out their home or a room in their home to holiday makers or people travelling for business. Continue reading
We talked last week about clearing out your wardrobes and swapping the summer clothes for more warmer ones. In doing so it got us thinking about just how often things get put away for long term or seasonal storage. That may be at home, work or even at a self storage facility, but there are definitely things that come in and out of storage with the seasons. And when we say seasonal, it relates to all sorts of things.
When you use the word seasonal storage there’s a tendency to think about summer or winter; hot or cold. If you’re thinking about retailers, in addition to summer etc. you’ll consider Easter and Christmas as seasons. But ‘seasonal’ can be any time of the year depending on your industry. Conference season, exhibition season, fashion show season, panto season, and market season – they don’t all coincide entirely with the meteorological seasons but they are times when things will be coming in and out of storage. Continue reading
Is your wardrobe bursting at the seams? Do you find yourself wearing the same thing time after time because you can’t be bothered to fight your way to the back of the wardrobe to find something different? It’s a common dilemma and one most people encounter because we’re not very good at storing clothes.
Most of us have limited wardrobe and drawer space and don’t take the time to sort through what we’ve got in them. When we buy something new, we don’t get rid of something old and we just stuff the new item into the front of the wardrobe or the top of the drawer. It’s because of this that we end up storing clothes in one great big stack with winter woollies and summer dresses all on top of each other and end up not wearing half of what we own. Continue reading
Many people use self storage for a number of reason and increasingly people are using self storage for longer periods of time. Carefully considering the ongoing cost right from the very start is essential if you are to manage the ongoing costs. However, we recognise that sometimes circumstances change and a review of your financial situation may be needed. A project may be going on longer than expected resulting in increased costs; business may be suffering a slow down or your personal circumstance has changed. If your self storage costs are beginning to cause a strain on your finances you may think about removing your items from storage to get rid of the ongoing cost. Perhaps a friend can help you out by storing your things at their house? But if you’ve got nowhere alternative to put your items don‘t just cross your fingers and hope things will improve. Things may well get better further down the line, but if they don’t the problem will only get worse and your goods are at risk.
First and foremost: Talk to your provider Continue reading