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Top Tips for Storing Household Goods in a Garage

Posted on February 27, 2018 by Henry

Storing away your everyday household goods could be the result of many different situations. It could be because you want to declutter your home, redecorate a room or because your kids have moved out. Whatever it may be, inStore Storage has advice to hand.

Choosing the right Container.

Cardboard or Plastic?

Cardboard boxes are cheaper and easier to get hold of, easier to carry. If you go to your local Storage store, they will be pretty durable, have handles and you can pretty much stack them wherever you choose.

Yet, the downsides of cardboard simply outdo the pros. They are susceptible to heat and humidity and break down quickly. Thus, as a long-term option, your items could end up ruined and mildew or mould will start growing in the box.

This leaves plastic containers as probably the best option for long-term storage and yes, they cost a little more, but they will save your items from moths and mould.

Clean your Garage and Organise your Space.

Any garage is often the go to place to store all your unwanted stuff, so, when it comes to moving your goods out of your home and into your garage, you might find that it is already full.

Cleaning your garage is also a great way to get rid of any rubbish, unused or unwanted items that have just been lying around. Once the garage, or the space in your garage, is clean, you might find that you can store much more than you originally thought, which can always be a bonus.

Avoid Hazardous Areas

So, don’t cover up drains with boxes – don’t block access to fuse boxes or ventilation systems – don’t forget to make space for doorways. Simple really.

Stacking and Storing

The first thing to do is to make sure your boxes, whether cardboard or plastic, are labelled properly. This can make it a lot easier to find your precious belongings.

When stacking shelves, create an order – items frequently used should be stored towards the front – stored at eye level – large and heavy boxes should be stored at the bottom – items rarely used stored at the top – try to avoid storing goods directly on the floor.

If you want to store anything valuable, make sure that it is stored in a secure and lockable cabinet.

However, if after you have cleaned your garage and found that you have even less space than you thought – because you wanted to keep everything in it – then why not use one of inStore’s Storage Units as an alternative? We make it so easy for you.

Top 5 Tips on What Not To Store

Posted on February 20, 2018 by Henry

Our Top 5 Recommendations for what not to store may seem simple and self explanatory enough, but you’d be surprised by how many people try to put these into storage.

Animals, Humans and Plants.

Alive or Dead – Storage Units are not viable places that people can keep their pets in whilst they go away on holiday – and we have been asked to.

We do not permit residency of any kind in any of our storage units – for your safety and for the safety of our other client’s storage units.

Storage Units do not have any real light – once the doors are closed, then there’s no sunlight inside them – therefore, you may find your plants not looking how you originally put them in.

Tyres

You will find a number of Storage companies will say no to tyres and the reason for this is dead simple – it costs a lot of money to dispose of tyres and we often get stung with the bill when people leave them behind.

Combustible, Flammable, Hazardous or Toxic Materials.

Simply ask yourself – “If I add fire to this, would it explode?” If you can say yes, then you won’t be allowed to store it in most Storage facilities.

This includes compressed gas tanks, fuel of any kind, lamp and motor oil, grease, fertilisers, paint, cleaners, chemicals, toxic or biological waste. Asbestos or products which may contain asbestos are not permitted and nor are fireworks.

Electronics

Storing items in Storage Units means you should be prepared for temperature changes. Therefore, electrical units will suffer with sudden changes of temperatures in storage units unless it is catered for them specifically. This will have a detrimental effect on your electrical equipment and may cause them to break.

Anything stolen or illegal in the UK.

Our Storage Units are based in the UK and therefore we follow the UK laws as to what is considered stolen or illegal.Therefore, if any of your items are deemed illegal or stolen, then you can not store it with us.

We do have a full list of things that we do not permit or recommend not storing in our Storage Units and, for more information on what you can and cannot store, please contact us.

Top Tips – Moving in together

Posted on February 13, 2018 by Henry

Compromise is the basis of a good relationship, so they say, but already I digress, we’re into February already and the year is fleeting past and the thought struck me this is probably the moment most couples or considering moving in together. Engagements happen at Christmas, weddings in the Spring and Summer, the cold, wet winter evenings just have a way of drawing people together. Am I wrong?

It’s one of the great things about Winter – the planning, what are we all going to do when the weather improved and this handy Top Tips is just to get you thinking about what it takes (as far as your possessions are concerned) to move in together.

  1. Be generous
    Times have changed – in the old day’s people moved in together a lot earlier, married a lot earlier and education finished a lot earlier, what that means is that these days you’ve had far more time to gather ‘possessions’ and that means more and that requires generosity of spirit to either depose or reduce the combined load.
  2. Be strict
    Too many possessions and you may start to wonder what to do with it all… do you really need two pianos or kitchen tables or even two TV’s.  Yes I know this sounds obvious, but a little bit of strictness goes a long way and it may be time to find new homes for many of your possessions.
  3. Be considerate
    You might not like the yellow leather gaming bean bag, but someone brought it at some point, and they loved it, so take that on board with all possessions, it works both ways.  Storage, dare I say it is always a possibility.

Most of the time people moving in together are usually downsizing, and I say that with a hint of sadness, whether moving from a family home or a Flat sharing with friends and students, moving from a multiple roomed house to a 1 bed or studio can be daunting in terms of possessions.  We think when it comes to reducing possessions you have three options.

  1. Give away to friends and family, share what you don’t need
  2. Storage – is an option, if you think the move is a temporary or stepping stone to a bigger house, then go for it.  but watch out for long-term unnecessary storage, don’t waste hard earned and precious cash storing things that are not worth it.
  3. Environmentally dispose of old possessions.  But that we mean really think through the options before consigning old sofas to the town dump.  We say this from the bottom of our hearts, recycling, or giving to those in need is often a far better way to dispose of old furniture.

I hope these Tips help some people.  It’s all fairly obvious at the end of the day.  If you are ever in doubt about how to deal with your possessions, just email us your query and we will do our best to give advice.

Top Tips – Swapping Winter Storage for Spring

Posted on January 14, 2018 by Henry

Spring is on its way – it’s time to start thinking about swapping your storage! Using self-storage to store items not in-season helps free up space in your house as well as helping give you that spring feeling and a fresh start to the season. Here are a few tips to make swapping your spring items out of storage.

Make a list of winter items which you would like to store

Go through and sort out exactly what you want to be putting into storage over the summer season. Christmas decorations and snow gear is a good place to start before moving on to less obvious contenders. Perhaps you have some thick blankets and winter duvets which will take up a large amount of space in your cupboards at home? Keep this list as it will come in useful when you swap back your storage in the autumn.

Sort out your Wardrobe

In the UK, where we can experience all four seasons in a single day, its very easy to be short of space in your wardrobe and this is when self- storage is perfect. Make sure that you properly clean any clothes, polish any boots before storing them over the summer. Go through and make sure that there aren’t any clothes that you could get rid of or donate instead of just throwing them into storage.

Work out what you want to take out of storage

It is very helpful to have a list of what you have put into storage so you can work out exactly what items you want to take out again without having to go to your storage unit and rifle around! Sports gear, bicycles and children’s toys might be top of your list but don’t forget other items such as gardening equipment. It is much better to make sure that you have everything that you need the first time round so that you don’t have to keep coming back to retrieve you belongings from storage.

Spring cleaning 

Take this opportunity to do some spring cleaning in your storage space, you’ll be very glad of this come autumn.

Take a look at our flexible storage solutions here.

Techniques for avoiding breakages

Posted on January 1, 2018 by Henry

It is important for you peace of mind when moving house that you are confident that your possessions are not going to be damaged during any stage of the moving process. There are many ways in which you can help put your mind at ease and ensure the safety of belongings.

Boxes
Firstly, make sure that you have enough boxes to safely move house. Use double wall cardboard to ensure that the boxes can hold whatever is in them and try not to pack more than 15kg into one box. inStore offers a range of high-quality cardboard boxes for you to purchase to make your packing simple and stress-free.

Packing crockery
Go from large to small, and pack the plates on their sides, individually wrapped in bubble wrap or newspaper, and stack until you have filled the box. Fill in any gaps with scrunched up paper or cloth.

Mirrors and pictures (framed)
Tape the picture/mirror to avoid the glass shifting out of place and breaking and use a cloth to wrap the outside. Again, ensure the box doesn’t have large gaps so the picture doesn’t rattle around – pack with a cloth if there are gaps. Label boxes which you are concerned about as “Fragile” and this will help you identify them when unpacking at the other end.

Packing lamps
Disassemble the lamp by removing the shade and the lightbulb. Wrap up the base of the lamp with bubble wrap and secure it firmly with packing tape. Make sure the bottom of the box is also secure (this can be done with more tape).

Get in touch with our Team of Movers – our friendly and professional staff would be delighted to hear from you.

Storing belongings to sell your home

Posted on December 11, 2017 by Henry

When preparing to put your house on the market, you need to ensure that your home is not cluttered with all of your belongings first. Here are some top tips on what to put in storage when selling your home and where to put your belongings.

What to put in storage

    • Personal pictures and souvenirs: It is important to have a few well-placed pictures to make your house a “show home” but avoid having endless family photos and personalised pictures. Remember, prospective buyers are looking for their home, not yours
    • Spare items: Anything you don’t use on a daily basis that can help get rid of clutter
    • Kitchware: Try to keep the kitchen neutral and have clear work surface for people to view
    • Clothes: We all have a lot of clothes in our cupboards that we don’t wear. Take this opportunity to sort out your cupboards and show off some free space in your home

Where to put it
inStore offers secure storage in its own easily accessible depots providing dry, safe and secure storage at competitive rates. Click here to look at our flexible storage solutions to store large or small quantities for the short or long term – perfect for when you are waiting to sell your house.

Cardboard Boxes – Where to get them and what to do with them after a move

Posted on November 20, 2017 by Henry

Packing up the house in time for a move is always an arduous task. Where do you start? As well as offering professional removal service, inStore can also advise and assist you through the process moving house by yourself.

Acquiring boxes
There are many ways of finding free boxes online, such as on freecycle, however second-hand boxes are not always good quality which increases the risk of damaging your possessions not only during transit but while they are being stacked as well. It is important when buying boxes that they are, at a minimum, double wall cardboard which gives them the strength and durability to put your mind at ease when transporting your possessions. inStore offer a range of new cardboard boxes which you can purchase. Click here to get in contact and let us help you move house with confidence.

What to do with the boxes once you’ve finished
Donate: We suggest that you allow a realistic amount of time to get rid of all your rubbish at the end of a move. Consider donating your boxes to friends or neighbours who might be moving out or alternatively, put them on freecycle. This global network of people is a great way of keeping your cardboard out of a landfill site- and there are always people in need of boxes!

Sell: If your boxes are in particularly good condition, you can sell them on. Putting up an advert in your local shop or noticeboard is a great way to end up selling your boxes to a good cause.

Recycle: If you don’t wish to give away or sell your boxes, recycling is the best option. If you live next to a tip or a recycle factory, it is a quick way to get rid of all that cardboard.

Top Tips – Keeping Neighbours Happy When Moving In

Posted on October 30, 2017 by Henry

Moving into a new area will generally involve getting to know your neighbours, and while you may feel like you don’t have the time, it is worth making an effort to introduce yourself to those around you and will help you settle in to your new neighbourhood. Our advice is to take the time to visit those next-door to you and say a friendly hello – and you might even get a nice cup of tea!

Housewarming party
If you are moving into an area in which you already have some friends or family not too far away, you may be thinking of hosting a housewarming event to introduce everyone to your new home. Be aware of noise and let your neighbours know in advance -perhaps even consider inviting your neighbours for a drink to get to know them a little better.

Parking
Parking disputes are always a good way to get off on the wrong foot with your neighbours, so make sure that you don’t accidentally block other people’s access to their homes (not only with cars but with children’s bikes etc) and if your unsure as to whether you might be able to park in a particular space or not there is no harm in asking!

Get involved in the community
There is always something that you can get involved with to help you feel more part of the community and let others know that you are willing to make an effort to join in and contribute. This might be something as simple as volunteering once a week at a local institution but it makes a big difference to helping you feel at home and letting others know you want to help.

Abandoned Belongings in Storage Units

Posted on August 14, 2017 by Henry

We are often asked about abandoned belongings in our Storage facility in Mere, near Gillingham and it’s an interesting question.  Interesting, because it beings into question our whole ethos.  Do we follow our own Terms and Conditions and dispose of peoples personal belongings just because they haven’t paid a bill.  How long do we let a client not pay, how much space are they taking up and what harm are abandoned belongings having on the rest of our business.

My guess is that a pragmatic approach is the best approach in these situations, communication is key.  Yes, we’ll write some pretty nasty letters about non-payment, but it’s important to remember these are largely designed to inform, rather than to scare. We are not Parking Ticket Collection Agencies.

But, that is also what makes us different from many larger franchise Self Storage companies, yes, we have systems and we try to be efficient, but that the end of the day one of the things that makes inStore Solutions unique in the world of Self Storage is our flexibility and our friendliness.   We are all humans.

So, abandon belongs can be a problem for us, we’ve played many a tune on the old Grand Piano and we cannot remember who owned, maybe one day they will collect it and at that point we’ll come to an agreement on how to be recompensated of all the years we’ve looked after it.

What I can promise is that we will look after everything within our storage facility with exactly the same care and attention as anyone else’s belongings, abandoned or not.  The reason for this is that it is simply not worth our while not to.  Everyone’s possessions are kept dry, safe, secure and protected.

But in terms of abandoned belongings, the solution is always communication.  If we know you still want your belongings and you explain to us the various reasons for delayed payments or why you are abandoning them, talk to us, however many letters we might send, it is always better to respond to them than to say nothing at all.

Temporary Storage – while looking to buy

Posted on July 31, 2017 by Henry

Congratulations, you have sold and hopefully sold well… but do you now need temporary storage, as you have not quite managed to find the perfect house to move into yet, instead you are looking for some temporary storage for your personal belongings.

Well, look no further, for we are the people you need.  A small, local, personal, friendly and yet professional team of dedicated professional keen to impress, always smiling and with enough strong arms to lift a grand piano, okay be gentle on us, but you get the message.  We’re open for business.

When you have successfully sold a house and you’re not quite ready for the new one, temporary storage is a must, you need somewhere dry, safe, secure and accessible, Self Storage is all the rage these days, but that means organising your own transport, your friends to help, or worse breakages during the move, far better to get the professionals in who will do the job cleanly, calmly and professionally.

Our process is simple. request a Quote and we’ll ask a few question about who much you need to store, then if you wish we can organise a site visit and someone from our team will come to you and go through what needs moving.  Arrange times and finalise the Estimate.

We do all that is asked of us, and at the time you asked.  And great your personal possessions are all safely in storage. Later when you buy your house or are ready to move in, a quick call and we’re on our way, flexible to the last we understand delays and can accommodate your needs.

Our service is designed from the outset to be cost-effective, we will match other quotes if necessary, easy, flexible and friendly.  Give us a call on 01963 616161 or just get a quote.