Benefits of storing your car in self-storage

After your house, your car is probably your most expensive asset. Not only does it get you from A to B, it is a source of pride and joy that you will need to keep safe but accessible. This isn’t always possible if your home has no or very limited parking, you’ve run out of space in your garage or you just need somewhere to store it over winter.

Space is becoming increasingly limited, especially if you live in a city such as London. Parking your vehicle on the street can be dangerous for your car and pedestrians, not to mention expensive, with many areas plagued by extortionate parking fees. Even if you’re looking to store a classic car or seasonal vehicle, finding a suitable storage space at home is always going to be a challenge. In this post, we will explore the various benefits of using a self-storage facility to store your car.

Security

Parking your car on your drive or the street for extended periods can put it at risk of damage. Not only will it be exposed to the elements but it will also be in sight of potential thieves or vandals. While it may be the cheapest option it is far from the most secure. Self-storage facilities benefit from climate-controlled units that are fire and waterproof, anti-vandal box locks for your industrial strength padlock as well as 24/7 CCTV surveillance and key coded security gates.     

Space

It’s not only larger vehicles such as vans or motorhomes that will take up a lot of room on your drive or street, space is a premium for most of us nowadays, especially for the city-dwellers amongst us. Storing your car in a self-storage unit will free up space at home as well as give you the peace of mind that your vehicle is in a safe and secure location. Always make sure to measure the dimensions of your car accurately before agreeing to a unit size as you don’t really want to be squeezing it into your unit and then climbing out of the back window on storage day!    

Affordable

As discussed above, whilst keeping your car at home is free (if you’re lucky!) the security risks often outweigh the affordability, especially for vehicles that aren’t used regularly. Storing your car in a private lot can often be expensive too, and many of these facilities offer little protection from the elements in outdoor lots. Self-storage units are unbeatable when it comes to protection and are nearly always more cost effective, with flexible monthly or fixed packages that are tailored to your needs and fully insurable.

Other vehicles

  • Boats – when you invest in something as exciting as a boat, the last thing you want to worry about when you’re out on the water is where you can store it. From jet skis to fishing boats, kayaks to trailers, there are storage units to cater to most vehicle sizes. Never waste a sunny sailing day again with 24-hour easy access to your storage unit.
  • Seasonal – motorhomes and caravans are generally only used during the summer months so they will need to be securely stored in the winter. They not only take up a lot of space on your driveway, they’re also exposed to the weather and at risk of damage. Climate controlled units are perfect for protecting your vehicle from damp or mildew that can form over time if not stored properly.
  • Hobby – quad bikes, dirt bikes, classic cars and even golf carts are just some of the vehicles needed to fully enjoy certain hobbies. These vehicles need a clean, secure storage space that is easily accessed when the weather permits. Self-storage units provide this flexibility whilst fire and waterproof containers provide maximum security, giving you peace of mind.   

For more information about how self-storage can benefit your and your car, get in touch with one of our professional storage consultants and receive a tailored quote.

Which industries can most benefit from self-storage?

Practically any business can benefit from taking advantage of self-storage facilities – but sadly, not everyone is aware of them. From one-person start-ups operating out of a bedroom to large corporations with multiple locations, all companies face the same time and space challenges that self-storage services can help to alleviate.

Whether you just need to temporarily store furniture while you change office or you need a permanent location to securely store your business archive, self-storage facilities could provide the most cost-effective and convenient solution.  

In fact, whilst business customers of self-storage facilities take up 39 per cent of storage space in the UK, they only account for a quarter of the total number of customers. There is still a lot of opportunity for perceptive business owners to avoid paying extortionate rent prices to keep their stock in costly and already limited office space. In this post, we will explore the various industries that have the most potential to streamline their operations, as well as the general benefits that self-storage can bring to any organisation.

Retail

Inventory is a fundamental aspect of any retail business. Seasonal merchandise, posters, decorations and other additional materials will need to be stored in a safe location that is easily accessible in the future. Many stores have some capacity for onsite storage but these stock rooms are often very small and prone to disorganisation. Storing excess inventory in a local self-storage unit provides a secure, accessible space for your products at the fraction of the cost of renting more office space. You can even have stock delivered to your storage unit for further savings on transport costs.

Construction & Decoration

If your profession involves many tools and materials, it can often be difficult to keep everything organised. Construction tools are incredibly expensive and keeping them in your work van or garage can be very risky with the increase in tradesmen tool thefts. Keeping your tools and materials in a storage unit not only keeps them organised and manageable but also ensures the highest level of protection with fire and water proof containers under 24/7 surveillance.

Real estate

The buying, selling and renting of properties is often a long process that is fraught with delays and disruptions. You may need a secure place to house a show home’s furniture while it is refurbished or perhaps you need to store a client’s belongings while they wait to move into a new house. In any situation, having the option of a self-storage unit provides the flexibility when you need that extra storage space for an indefinite length of time. Unlike the fixed-term leases when renting an office or depot, storage facilities offer month-to-month terms and even allow you to opt out completely with only one or two week’s notice.

Local Council

It’s not only private enterprises that can benefit from a little extra storage space. Local councils often find themselves with a variety of items that, although not always in use, are valuable and need to be stored securely. Seasonal decorations, collapsible chairs, and office supplies can all take up a significant amount of space when you consider the scale at which local councils operate. The bottom line is always a pressing concern for the local government so the flexibility and affordability offered by self-storage is a huge advantage to this often cash-strapped sector.  

Start-ups

The increase in self-storage popularity in the UK is partly due to the rise in start-up companies. The number of registered companies in the UK has risen from just under 1.5 million in 2000 to over 4 million in 2018. Again, the key appeal of self-storage is flexibility. Building a company from your home quickly becomes problematic when you begin to accumulate paperwork, equipment, materials, stock, and all the other accoutrement associated with a burgeoning business. Before you know it, you’re treading over piles of surplus stock on your way to the bathroom!

A storage unit will help keep your home tidy (and your family happy!) while at the same time ensuring your business materials are safe and organised. Use your storage unit as a registered address for deliveries, a stockroom or even a small-scale distribution centre. As your business grows, you can adapt your storage needs accordingly – upsize, downsize or vacate your unit entirely with minimum fuss.

If you’re part of a business or organisation that needs more flexibility and would like to know more about self-storage options, please get in touch with one of our professional storage consultants to learn more about our self-storage services and receive a tailored quote.

How to organise your documents securely and efficiently

Just the thought of tackling a mountain of disordered paperwork is enough to bring most people out in a cold sweat. Months or even years of wilful neglect has resulted in your business or personal documents accumulating in unsightly piles dotted around your home or office. It can be easy to carry on ignoring them but sooner or later you are going to have to deal with them. And, as with most of life’s chores, the sooner you get it done, the better.    

It’s more than likely that you have kept these files because they contain important information that you may need at a later date. These documents could range from relatively benign documents such as business cards or sales receipts to very sensitive paperwork such as bank statements or customer details. Failing to organise these documents properly not only makes your home or office space seem untidy and unprofessional, it’s an incredibly inefficient way to access important files as well as a big security risk.

Organising your documents may take a little more time out of your week but the benefits of having an orderly, accessible and secure filing system will make your personal and working life an awful lot easier. In this post, we will share some simple, tried and tested tips that will help even the laziest amongst us conquer their paperwork mountains.     

It doesn’t matter whether you’re dealing with documents from work or from home, effective organisation comes down to a system that works best for you. Documents should be stored in folders, divided into categories and ordered in a way that makes the most sense to you.

Below are our tips to help you tackle your paperwork:

Have a clear-out

Once you have gathered all of your paperwork together, go through everything and make a pile of any documents that are useless or out of date. Try to be as selective as you can, as keeping any unnecessary files will take up precious room and make it harder to find documents that you actually need. As most of these files will contain sensitive information, we strongly recommend disposing of them with a shredder to ensure they don’t fall into the wrong hands. Remember to take some time every few months to clear out any documents that may have expired.

Consistency is key

Whatever method you choose to organise your documents in, make sure you are consistent. This especially applies to naming your files and folders, as any inconsistency in categorising them could result in a lot of time wasted looking in the wrong place. Also try to keep your system simple. Some people can get carried away with multi-coloured coding systems and indecipherable subcategories that would give a taxonomist a headache.

Secure your stuff

Organising your documents into a methodical system is only half the battle, now you need to secure them. All of your painstaking work will be in vain if your paperwork is easily accessible to any prying eyes. Filing cabinets are an efficient and secure way to store your documents, either at home or at work. If you intend to keep passports, credit cards, spare keys and other high-risk items in your cabinet then make sure you buy a model that has fortified locks and a security bar. Alternatively, many people, especially businesses, choose to store their documents in professional storage facilities where 24-7 guards and CCTV can provide maximum security.

Digital back up

Despite the encroaching presence of technology on our daily lives, paper files still play an important role…at least for now anyway. It’s therefore a great idea to make digital copies of your paperwork in case anything happens to the physical copies. Scanning your documents and storing them online is also an effective space saving technique, as many of the original paper files can then be destroyed. It’s important to remember that while this may work for some less important files, it’s not appropriate for significant documents such as legal contracts and birth certificates. If you’re unsure about a certain document, always err on the side of caution and keep it until you can research a definitive answer.

For more information on the best ways to store your documents, get in touch with one of our professional storage consultants. You can learn more about our professional document management services, such as our storage, shredding and scanning services, and receive a quote today.