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

What Happens if I Can’t Pay for my Self Storage Unit?

storage unitsMost people have seen the TV programmes about auctioning off the contents of storage units. Normally U.S. based, these programmes show the fortunes of treasure hunters hoping to benefit and make a profit from units where, for whatever reason, the bill has not been paid.

But is that what it’s really like? Do Self Storage Centres really hold public auctions if clients don’t pay their bills. Can they empty your storage unit and let the contents go for little or no money in comparison to its perceived value?

The answer is yes and no!

You have an obligation to pay the fees agreed for the rental of your self storage unit and if you fail to meet those agreed payments, the centre has a right of lien over the contents. That means they are entitled to hold on to the contents until any debt is repaid. In the event of non-payment, the goods can eventually be sold to recover the debt. But, there is a proper process to follow to get to that point. Continue reading

Space Centre Self Storage – Tips from the Stroud Centre

Stroud_mainWhat do people use self storage for? Do you auction off the contents of units when people don’t pay? Is it like Storage Hunters (on TV)?

A couple of questions we get asked regularly when people find out the business we’re in. Let’s address the second 2 first as they’re quite quick and easy to answer.

The laws in the UK are quite different to those in America which means that auctioning off unit contents is rarely done, and no, it’s not really like the TV programmes!

The first question is not so quick to answer as there are so many reasons for people using self storage. At our centres in Stroud, Gloucester and Bristol we have all sizes of units so we have all sorts of clients. Continue reading

Self storage DO’s and DON’Ts

self storage unitsIf you are planning to rent a self storage unit to help alleviate your storage problems, always remember to READ the storage rules. Like anything else in life, there are always plenty of Do’s and Don’ts.

Look at the small print when you sign your contract and make sure you plan accordingly. DO your homework and DON’T just sign on the dotted line and ignore the rest.

If you follow the correct procedures, take care when it comes to preparing your goods and organise your storage unit properly, you will reap the benefits.

Remember – if you are ever in doubt, you refer to your rental agreement or talk to a manager at your self storage facility who can clarify anything you are unsure of. After all, the rules are not only set in place for for the protection of the storage unit owners, but for you and other users of the facility. Continue reading

Top things you can’t keep in a self storage unit

Image of converted shipping containersThe use of self storage units has increased dramatically over the years as we accumulate more and more belongings and outgrow our space. We buy things, inherit things and even ‘acquire’ things (normally by way of looking after things for family members or friends but never quite manage to get them back to their owners!).

So, now you find you’ve run out of space, but that’s OK, everything can go in a self storage unit, right? Not necessarily so. The vast majority of things are fine to store but there are some things that definitely cannot be stored in a self storage unit. Continue reading