How much self storage space do I 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

Use of temporary self storage is on the increase

self storage unitsNo matter how hard we try, it seems that at some point in our lives we all have too much stuff and nowhere to store it. Household storage, student belongings, paperwork or business needs mean that the use of temporary self storage is on the increase. We take a look at some of the typical reasons why people are turning to storage solutions outside the home to help solve their problems. Continue reading

Tips to make a small room look bigger

small roomWhen buying your first home, the initial excitement of finally getting on the housing ladder is often quickly followed by a worry about space. How exactly are you going to fit all your belongings that have been spread around the house at Mum & Dad’s (and in the loft and garage) into your first property, which in all likelihood is going to be small by comparison? If your first home is being bought with a partner, increase that concern – you’ve got 2 lives to cram into the property. Once everything is in, it’s all too easy to make the place cluttered and feel cramped. 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

Secure self storage can help with your downsizing plans

houses - secure self storage postTraditionally, downsizing was something that only got considered when retirement was on the horizon. With the children gone and older age creeping up, thoughts would turn to a smaller house and garden that wouldn’t take quite so much work. But that’s no longer the case. There are increasing numbers of reasons why people are thinking about downsizing and in some severe circumstance, have no choice.

Why are people downsizing?

  • Financial uncertainty. In the uncertain times of potential interest rate fluctuations people are reviewing their needs to see if they can cut their mortgage payments, or even remove them altogether
  • Too much space. The kids have grown up and you’re just rattling around in a big old house.
  • Running costs. A smaller property will cost less to heat, light and insure.
  • Maintenance and cleaning. A smaller place will take less work, time and money to take care of.
  • More free time. Logic says that if you’re spending less time maintaining and cleaning a house and garden, you’ll have more time to do things you want to do, and may even have more money to do them.

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