Long term self storage and the things you need to consider

long term self storage map pin markerWe’re heading to the end of the year and for some this will be the prompt to have a clear out. You may well be thinking it’s time to get rid of some of the clutter around you and that will make a great New Year’s resolution. For others the New Year will bring change or maybe adventure; a house move, a long trip or a change of job. If any of these things are ringing true for you, then you may well be considering long term self storage as an option for keeping your possessions clean, dry and secure. If this is the case, there are questions that need answering and not just by your self storage facility; you will need to ask yourself a few questions too! Continue reading

How much self storage space do you need?

self storage boxesThat’s the first question on everyone’s mind when they consider using self storage for the first time. It doesn’t matter how much, or how little you have, trying to imagine it packed neatly away into a locker or larger sized unit can be difficult. After all, you’re probably used to seeing the sofa, cupboards, beds and everything else in place in the living room, bedroom or kitchen. It isn’t easy to imagine how the things from each room would look packed and stacked into one much smaller space.

So what do you need to think about when working out the size of self storage unit you’ll need?

Firstly, and this is quite a common misconception, you won’t need a self storage unit the size of your house to hold everything that’s currently in it. It’s easy to worry about the space when you look at everything you own around you; but don’t forget, at the moment it’s all spread out across your home and it won’t be that way when it’s packed up for storage. Continue reading

Tips for organising your self storage unit

self storage unit shelvingThere are many reasons for people using self storage, but whatever the reason, if you’re going to keep your belongings in tip top condition, organising your self storage unit is essential. Business stock, household storage or paper filing all needs to be packed and stored properly if you are to

  1. Use the space in your unit effectively
  2. Keep your items in good repair

Using the space effectively may not seem high on your list of priorities when you decide to use self storage but it should be. Stacking and storing things properly can have an impact on your pocket; when done correctly you can often reduce the size of the unit you need and so reduce your costs! Continue reading

Dealing with Property after Death

Lounge furnitureWhen someone dies, there are many things to sort out. There are the immediate emotional things like notifying people and making funeral arrangements, but there are also the longer term things to think about. If you’re lucky, your loved one has a made a will and so much of exactly what they want to happen will be known. However, there are still things that are more complex to deal with that take time to sort out; bank accounts, insurance policies, pensions and what to do with any property, to name but a few. Sadly, decisions about all these things have to be made when people are already at a time of personal distress.

There is some great help here about the steps to take when someone dies and there will be many people to notify officially. Each will need confirmation of certain personal details and this checklist of the most commonly asked for information may help. Continue reading

Top Tips to Help Sell Your House

sell your house sold signIf you’re a home owner, it’s inevitable that at some point in your life you’re going to want to sell your house. Whether your family is growing and you need a bigger property, or the family have flown the nest and you need to downsize, you want to get the maximum price possible for your house.

If you’ve been in the property a short while, the wrench probably isn’t so bad when having to packing things up but if you’ve raised your family there, or lived there a long time, it’s a different matter. After all, it’s been your home and it will hold many memories for you. Continue reading