Self-storage

Going Up or Down?

It sounds like something the guy in the lift in Are You Being Served would say, in the sitcom that was a big hit years ago. Now I’m showing my age. Hey ho.

Anyway, there are other reasons why you might be asked this question. If you currently have some storage space you’ll know one of the perks is the size of the space in question. You can start small and scale up, or start with a huge one and then de-clutter to reduce the size of the space you have to work with. In short there are countless different ways you can use a space, and plenty of options on the size of the space too.

So what kind of space should you rent? Well it all depends on what you intend to do with it. If you only have a few odds and ends to store in there you can rent the smallest space you can find. And if you discover plenty more stuff that could really do with being stored? All you have to do is scale up and rent a larger one instead. Move everything out of the small space, add the new stuff and hey presto – everything is sorted.

Maybe the best thing to know is that even if you get the wrong space to start with, it’s pretty easy to go up or down in size without having to wait ages to get the ideal space. Providing the ideal space for you is free you can be moved in there as soon as you like.

So there you have it – you can go up or down to any extent within the options your friendly self-storage facility has available. And since there are lots of options, your stuff will always have somewhere to be.

 

The Glory of a Tape Gun

Yes we’re aware that’s rather a dramatic title for an essentially very undramatic item. Although, we reckon if you have ever used a tape gun you’ll know why we chose that title – and you probably agree with it too.

You see here’s the thing. When you move into a self-storage unit you’re likely going to have boxes – lots of boxes – to move. If you want to store things properly you’re going to need to get some decent boxes rather than re-using old and battered ones. That means making the boxes up, and once you’ve done one or two of them with a large roll of tape and nothing but your hands to complete the job, you’re going to wish there was an easier way to do things.

Fortunately there is, and that’s where the tape gun comes in. Seriously, once you have loaded a roll of packing tape into the gun and had a couple of goes with it, you’ll wonder what you ever did without it. You can have a whole collection of boxes made up and ready to pack in a fraction of the time it takes you to do one or two by hand. Now what could be easier than that?

Actually one thing could be easier – and that’s sealing the boxes up again if you’re not planning on opening them for a while. Grab your trusty tape gun, fold the flaps of the box inwards, whack the gun over the top of them and you’ll have them taped up in a jiffy. And thanks to the serrated edge it automatically cuts the tape off in just the right place too.

Now we’re guessing you probably want one of these guns and the tape to go with it. Not a problem – you’ll find them to buy on our website with our discounted click and collect price. That way, when you arrive at your local Lok nStore facility next time you have some boxes to store, you’ll be ready to get the entire job done more easily than ever.

And since you’ll probably want to get your storage solutions sorted out as quickly and easily as possible, you may well wonder why you never thought to get a tape gun sooner. Still, at least once you have one, getting those boxes organised will be a simple matter of forming, taping and closing. Job done.

 

Why Getting Prepared to Store Things Properly is a Good Move

So you’ve arranged your self-storage space and now you’re getting all the stuff ready to move into it. That’s the most important part done, right?

Actually no – the important part is just beginning. What you decide to do now will determine how easy it is to get the job done. First of all you’ll need boxes, unless you’re fortunate enough to have everything boxed up already. Now you could frequent your local supermarkets to get hold of some but this takes time and you never know what state the boxes will be in. Asking friends and family to save you any boxes they get might be another idea, but again you could end up with a wait on your hands. Suppose you need your boxes now?

Lok nStore makes life easy in this respect because we’ve got a whole range of brand new strong boxes you can buy at low prices. All you have to do is consider the sizes you want, whether or not you need specialist boxes such as archive storage boxes and wardrobe storage boxes, and order what you need.

If you have valuables and breakables, bubble wrap is a great idea. Don’t skimp on it either – a couple of layers of those tiny bubbles is better than one, especially if you’re like us and you love popping those bubbles! You might also opt for corrugated card to pack stuff with, depending on what items you have and which method will prove best.

Of course if you’re bringing larger items to your storage space, such as a mattress or even a three-piece suite, you’re not going to need bubble wrap or boxes. However you’ll still want to protect what you have. Dust covers are a good idea in this case since they are waterproof and dustproof (of course) so they’ll protect your items for the duration of the time they’re in your storage space.

As you can see it makes perfect sense to plan to protect what you have to store. Simply shoving it all into boxes without any rhyme or reason isn’t going to make for a pleasant experience when you go back in there to retrieve anything. Instead you should take the time to invest in proper storage items so you can ensure everything is properly taken care of. Now doesn’t that sound like a smart idea?

 

Seasonal Storage and Its Many Benefits

Do you ever feel as though self-storage is a great idea, yet you wouldn’t use it all the time?

You’re not alone. More people are discovering the advantages of opting for seasonal storage. Once you start thinking about it and discovering why you’d use this yourself, you’ll see why this is the case.

Let’s say for example you have a spare room. This spare room happens to be filled with all kinds of things – boxes, spare clothes, a fold-up bed perhaps, and much more besides. In fact it’s not really spare at all – instead it’s packed with all kinds of things you don’t have room for anywhere else.

That’s all well and good but what about the plans you have for Christmas when you’ve got relatives staying? Unless you’re happy to put them up on a sofa bed downstairs (assuming you even have one) you’ll be wondering how on earth you can turn that spare room into a superb place for them to stay.

Here’s the answer – self-storage. Instead of trying to cram all that clutter under the bed, into the wardrobes, out in the garage and even in the shed, it’s a lot easier to opt for the simple solution of self-storage instead. Since there is no limit on the amount of time you can rent some space for, you can get everything out of your spare room and into storage early in December. This still gives you plenty of time to get the room ready for your guests before they arrive for the festive season.

Even if you’re not planning on having anyone to stay, we all know how late get-togethers with friends and family can go. Would you be able to offer an impromptu bed for the night if needed – or would you be cringing at the thought of what you’re hiding in your spare room if they asked to stay at the last minute?

You can see why opting for seasonal storage makes a lot of sense at this time of the year. In fact, the more you think about it the more sense it makes. So why not get some seasonal storage today to tide you over for the festive season? If it ends up giving you a whole room back it could even turn into something you do all the time. Now that would be even better, wouldn’t it?

 

Are the High Streets Heading to the Storage Lockers?

We’ve heard plenty about the increase in empty High Street shops in recent months. You only have to wander down your own High Street to see the reality of the situation. It does make you wonder where these businesses go however – and why no others are replacing them.

We have a thought. It’s just possible that the High Street is no longer the place of choice for those with small businesses that are starting to expand. Since some businesses can easily be run from home, there may well come a stage in many of their lives when they have to expand into bigger premises.

When this occurs you have to consider where you will go. There are lots of advantages to heading for the High Street but it’s a big step. You may well become more visible but you’ll also end up with plenty more costs including business rates and of course rental. Once you add up those costs you may find you can’t afford to make that move at all.

The next option is to consider what plenty of small businesses are looking at these days – self-storage. It’s amazing how many small businesses are run out of these places, as we’ve mentioned before. The costs here are far smaller and you get a lot more freedom too. You’re not tied into a long-term agreement for example. If things take a nosedive and you decide to close your business, there are no major problems or costs involved in doing so. Compare that to the High Street and the challenges of establishing and keeping a business going there and see how you fare.

So if the High Street continues on its downward slide could we all be shopping from storage lockers instead? Now there’s a novel idea…

 

Are Properties Getting Smaller?

Recently there was an item on a well-known news website that highlighted a property being sold in London. That in itself might not sound unusual, but when you realise the house was a mere seven feet wide you’ll see why it made headlines.

It was originally built on what used to be a driveway, and while it is small it was still set to go up for auction this October. Almost unbelievably the starting price was just shy of a quarter of a million pounds!

This is by no means that unusual either. There are plenty of properties all over the country that have been built to be tiny for one reason or another. Normally they’re slotted in between other houses and have been built there in the hope of making some money off the land. The property mentioned here was originally built by an entrepreneur. He must have made a fortune on it by selling it to the man who subsequently did it up to put it up for auction last month.

Clearly these are rather unusual properties when compared to many others across the UK. But even so, some houses do seem to be smaller than they used to be. You never seem to get big rooms with high ceilings anymore for example.

In any event plenty of people eventually find they have too many possessions to fit into their small homes. And that’s when they turn to companies like ours, to branch out into a bit more space without having to move. It makes good sense when you think about it doesn’t it?

There is a lot to be said for de-cluttering of course but you can only go so far with that. After that’s done the next best thing if you want to keep your possessions is to opt for some handy self-storage with us.

 

What’s a Pop Up Entrepreneur?

Isn’t that a fabulous expression? All kinds of images come to mind. Maybe a life-size cardboard cut-out of someone in a business suit for example. Or how about a young, eager to please entrepreneur who wants to surprise you with the latest news about his or her business?

In reality it’s neither of those things. The term refers to those entrepreneurs who pop up with new businesses of various shapes and sizes. Today it can also mean someone who starts up a business quickly and easily by using a self-storage facility rather than using a traditional shop.

As it turns out self-storage facilities are becoming rather popular as an alternative to a traditional shop front. This is particularly the case with those businesses that don’t really need to interact directly with the public as a normal high street shop would do. It seems there is no end of pop-up entrepreneurs who are coming up with great business ideas they can test out from the confines of a storage unit.

So could we see a change in the way businesses are run? Certainly the hefty overheads mean there are many negatives associated with trying to find a good outlet to run a business from. Even if you don’t need to be on the high street you could still find it difficult to manage your business from a smaller shop elsewhere. That’s always assuming you could find one of course.

Pop-up entrepreneurs know this. This is why they are flocking to self-storage units all over the country to make the most of the freedom they offer. If you’re considering starting a business, could this be the ideal solution for you as well? If you haven’t considered being a pop-up kind of person yourself, maybe now is the time to do so.

 

The Power of Books

 

One of the things most people would probably have inside their storage lockers would surely be books. Even in these days of e-readers of all shapes and sizes, there is something about the humble book that will never die. Sure you can keep thousands of books on an e-reader and still be able to pop them all in your pocket. You certainly can’t do that with a thousand paperback books. You can’t even fit one of those in your back pocket.

However good e-readers get, I don’t think we’ll ever completely give up ‘real’ books. There’s something about them, isn’t there? Maybe it’s the smell of the paper and the ink as you flip through the pages. (That smell gets better with age too, like a fine wine. Or is that just me?) Maybe it’s the reality of a proper book in your hands, whereas reading a novel on an e-reader just doesn’t feel the same. Yes I know it tells you how far through the book you are, but it’s not the same as reading each page and just being able to glance at where you are in the book as a whole. Ah for the simple pleasures of reading a book. A proper book.

 

We tend to get rather attached to those ‘real’ books too don’t we? Most of them probably only get read the once, and yet they stay on the bookshelf or get stored away in a cupboard somewhere. Maybe we’ll read them again one day. Maybe we’ll eventually have a clear-out and sell some of the better ones on eBay. You might just do that if you’re lucky enough to have some first editions that could actually bring in a serious amount of money. You couldn’t do the same with anything you had on an e-reader could you?

In some ways the books we have are as personal to us – and as revealing – as photos in an album. Go on admit it – do you ever look through the books someone has on their bookshelf whenever you visit someone’s home for the first time? I know I do.

That’s one of the reasons why so many people have hundreds if not thousands of books in their storage spaces. These aren’t the easiest things to get rid of, nor would you want to get rid of them. And that’s the way it should be.