What to do with unwanted Christmas Gifts

unwanted christmas gift socksOne of the most regular questions we get asked when people use us for household storage is what can they do with the things they no longer want or need. The obvious answer is to donate it to charity, providing of course, that’s in a good enough condition to be passed on. Often that’s the route they take, but it all depends on how much time and effort you want to put into getting rid of things.

You can always sell things on yourself, but you have to be prepared to take the time to advertise your goods and depending on where and how you sell them there will be a cost; it may be time or money, but there will be a cost. If you have a friend or relative that could benefit think about passing things on there. Then there’s the charity option. Charities rely on donations to run, whether it’s a financial donation or goods that can be sold in their shops. And don’t forget those places that may not be charities but could benefit. Local playgroups and community groups that may not be registered charities can often benefit from donations. Continue reading

Comparing self storage costs

Costs_bannerWhen thinking about using self storage the first thing most people do is hop online and do a search for a self storage facility in the area they want. They might go onto a few individual websites and look at pricing but how closely do they look when comparing self storage costs? Often the price that’s shouting at you on the front page isn’t the price you’ll end up paying because there are additional add on costs like insurance. Make sure you know what’s included in any quote given and whether there are any charges that you night incur should you need to extend your time or cut it short. Sometimes, cost is not only about the storage space either; travel time and condition of the units can also have an impact on the overall cost to you.

So what questions should you ask when comparing self storage costs and quotes?

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How to fit everything in your self storage unit

self storage packing boxesIf you’ve read any of our posts, you’ll know that one of the pieces of advice we frequently give is ‘don’t pay for space you don’t need’. When deciding on the size of your self storage unit it doesn’t have to be the same size as the place your belongings came from (unless of course it’s come from another well packed self storage unit!). It can be hard to envisage just how much space you need and that’s why we compare the unit sizes to different removal van sizes; we find it helps people. However, it can still be difficult when making that final decision about a unit size, so when doing that you need to consider how you will pack your unit. If you pack your unit well, you may be able to get everything in to that smaller space.

Here are our top tips when packing your self storage unit

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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

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