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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.

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.

Best Practices For Wine Storage

Posted on October 8, 2017 by Henry

When you love wine than you are entering a whole world of wine knowledge and opinions. What makes a good wine, what you should eat with what wine, how to savour the taste, how to look after your wine, what etc. it’s all about the most enjoyable experience. The Wine Cellar is a famous place, an underground cave of liquid delights, where the seeker chooses just the right bottle for the moment. But why is wine stored in a cellar anyway? The concept that wine gets better with age is not strictly true, Most wines are intended to be consumed as they are bottled. The following varieties are known to mature/improve with age:

Nebbiolo – Cabernet Sauvignon – Syrah – Grenache – Sangiovese – Pinot Noir – Riesling – Chenin Blanc – Marsanne and Chardonnay.

Generally speaking the more expensive the wine the more likely it will hold and improve it’s quality over time. When storing wine you need to consider the following to keep it’s integrity:

Light

Artificial or natural light through the bottle can alter the chemical composition and therefore the taste

Movement

The more you slosh a bottle about the more it can deteriorate the cork, as well as making unessary bubbles. Once that happens oxygen can get in and that the biggest killer of wine.

Humidity & Temperature

Wine should be stored at an even temperature of about 13C or 55F. Wine stored in fluctuating temperatures can have negative effect over time.

Why Store Wine?

People want to keep wine for special occasions. They may be given a nice bottle as a present and keep it back for a celebration, or they buy an expensive wine to commemorate a date. Then store it and bring it out at the poignant moment. Imagine gifting your child with their first bottle of wine at 18 (maybe before) that was purchased at their birth.

Conclusion

So if you really appreciate wine and don’t have perfect place to store it then we can hold that for you. All our facilities are temperature controlled, dry, away from light and stable. Your investment in the future will be kept safe waiting for that special moment. Give us a call on 01963 616161 or just get a quote

 

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.

Guide to Student Storage in Wiltshire for Summer Break

Posted on June 26, 2017 by Henry

Ok, summers here, schools out and it’s time to go home and get your laundry done and eat from your parents fridge and breath out. Your future is bright and abundant. Perhaps you have a work lined up. But there’s one more job you have to do. Clear out your stuff from your university digs. DON’T PANIC! Read this guide to student storage in Wiltshire and get it done in a weekend (or a day if you power through like when you did those assignments). Start like this: Catagorise your stuff, make 3 area’s/piles

Chuck It

If it’s broken, chuck it. It’s you can’t think of any use for it. Chuck it. Loads of papers that feel stressful to store, Chuck it. Recycle if you can for your conscious but don’t store crap you don’t need. Enjoy being ruthless. Then Chuck it out. Make Space to make progress.

Charity It

Books your will not re-read, clothes that you don’t see yourself wearing again. un-necessary and working gadgets. All good stuff for someone else. Drop the lot off at a charity shop and feel good about yourself. if you donate to Oxfam you can attach your nectar card and gain points when they sell. Bonus! Once ready take it to the charity shop. Make space to make progress.

Box It

What’s left goes in a box. Does it look like a lot? Never mind, once its in a box it’s sorted. Instore can provide you will all the packing material you need. Boxes, wrap, tape Etc.  The rule about packing is: If you see it. Put it in a box. Stick to that and you will make progress. Remember the bottom of the box needs to remain strong. When boxing imagine that are not going to open these again until some time so don’t stress too much about categorising them very well. Unpacking is always faster than packing.

Now you should have neat manageable pile of your stuff.

Feel pleased with yourself

Clean Up

Hover the place, give it wipe. You don’t have to be immaculate the landlord should thoroughly clean it before the next lot comes in. this puts you in good stead for a reference and its worth it. Tell the landlord about any stuff that needs fixing or wasn’t quite right.

Our instore Boys will pick this up, take away your trouble and you know it’s safe secure ready for the next adventure. Problem solved and sorted.

We hope you found this guide to student storage in Wiltshire useful. Now enjoy your summer.

 

 

 

Fathers Day – Garage Clean Out

Posted on June 18, 2017 by Henry

I’ll start by encouraging you to call us with that Attic or Garage clean out you’ve been meaning to do.  Get a 10% Fathers Day discount on your first 3 months and we’ll come and put all your stuff into Storage.

But for all you Fathers out there – here’s what you can do after you’ve cleaned the garage out.

  1. Sit down and relax with a beer – that first sip of pure nectar is beautiful when you’ve worked up a bit of a sweat
  2. Re-discover the BBQ – it’s bound to be in there under all the winter junk and skateboards that you’ve been collecting
  3. Ping Pong table – you might actually be able to use it now that there’s some space cleared
  4. Tool sort out – if you’re like me – you have lots or tools that you never knew you had – they should be arranged conveniently on that wall thingy people have
  5. Boats and Water Toys – for some reason we all keep ancient life jackets and rotter flippers – we just do, is it time to use them or to throw them.
  6. Re-discovery your hobbies with a clear space you really might be able to start that Hot Air Balloon project that you were going to do when you were a boy.
  7. Fixed and working bikes are so much more satisfying when they really are fixed and working and being used.
  8. Sit down and have a second beer, I mean you’ve done the work
  9. Time with the kids – they need to get up, out of their rooms and what better way to get to know than when they are being useful and busy. You can’t tell them off  when they are helping.
  10. Keeping the wife happy – no one willingly clears out their Garage, but we Fathers do have a habit of doing what we are told eventually.
  11. (and then make that call to inStore – your friendly local storage people, never knowingly undersold – and we can come and pick up all that’s left and for just a tenner a week we can store it all away from the house.

Happy Fathers Day and please do take us up on our offer of 10% off (offers ends 30th June) to anyone who does their garage clean out.

DIY Storage – Pros and Cons

Posted on May 22, 2017 by Henry

My guess is that this applies as much to Business Storage as it does to Personal or Domestic Storage.  It’s all about Space at the end of the day, but hey – I think the Pros and Cons of DIY Storage are worth looking at – so without further ado:

DIY Storage Pros

  • Flexible – your belongings are always there when you need them.  There is just no quibbling with the situation.
  • Location – your belongings are probably on your doorstep – which is lovely.
  • Empty Barns – if you are lucky enough to have space and are not using it for anything else.
  • Costs – although the costs look obvious that may bit always be the case – but it is definitely worth working out.
  • Small Items – obviously easier to store locally in an attic or garage.

DIY Storage Cons

  • Space – you lose it and for offices in particular this can be expensive – the loss of valuable office space means rental costs can be higher than if you were to employ off-site storage units.
  • Labour – if you are self storing – then you’re doing all the work.  If belongings are heavy you need to either enlist friends or find some way to get around the problem.
  • Security – the truth is you’re unlikely without great expense to be able to provide the level of security you might want.  I say this all with a pinch of salt as it all depends on what you are storing, which for the purposes of this article is a big unknown to us.
  • Damp and Condensation – I cannot tell you the times I have visited peoples garages or out-buildings to rescue belongings from the elements, be it moths or mildew when you’re storing personal belongings and the time comes to bring everything out the cleaning and throwing away is excruciating.
  • Special Items – cars, planes, antiques all things that need Specialist Storage, if something is very valuable it is probably worth the cost of proper storage.

The purpose of this small note on the Pros and cons of DIY storage is not really to persuade one way or the other – but more to open the discussion on what is available out there.  How much access do you need? What sort of budget is available? Do you have the space for DIY storage?

Do please let us know if you have any comments of your own on this.