Why self storage providers use shipping containers

self storage shipping containerIf you visit any extensive self storage facility you are likely to see rows or blocks of converted shipping containers. It’s not the first thing that springs to mind when you’re thinking about how and where you can store things. After all, the official description of a shipping container is

‘a segmental, stackable metal container used to carry luggage or goods by overseas or land transport’

so definitely not top of the list. But shipping containers are so versatile it’s not only self storage providers that use them anymore. Cafes, bars, businesses, and even homeowners are finding innovative ways to use shipping containers and here’s why: Continue reading

Peace of mind when renting out your home to holidaymakers

aeroplane wingTechnology 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

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

Do I need contents insurance when using self storage?

contents insurance policy documentThere are many reasons for putting household items into self storage. Moving house, renting out your home or undergoing renovations are just a few. Whatever the reason for using self storage there are 2 questions we often get asked:

1. Are my belongings still covered by my home insurance policy when they’re in storage?
2. Does my home insurance cover my belongings when I’m moving them into storage?

The answer is not straightforward. It can be, yes, no or a bit of both! It will depend on the home contents insurance policy you currently have and you should always check with your provider before you start moving your belongings. Continue reading

How to pack your storage unit

storage unitsUsing a self-storage unit is a great way to clear space in your home and to store valuable items safely. Whether you are renovating your property, moving to a smaller home or heading off on your travels, hiring storage space gives you the opportunity to hang on to your goods even if you don’t have the space you need in your property.

Before we go on to talk about how to pack your storage unit effectively there is one thing you need to get right first.

Rent a suitable space!

There’s no point hiring a huge space if you only have a handful of items to store. Likewise, trying to cram too many items into a small space is a bad idea. Pick a self-storage company that offers a range of unit sizes rather than a one-size-fits-all system. If you’re not sure what space you need, have a chat with centre manager – a good centre will advise you on the correct size of unit you need. Continue reading