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Packing Tips for Self-Storage Units

Self-storage units are a good source of space for people who need it. They’re rented for many reasons. Some want the extra storage to declutter their house while others choose to use the space to keep items that aren’t needed at the moment.


Before renting, however, there are some factors to consider, such as what you’ll be storing in the unit and how big it needs to be. Once you’ve figured out the answers to these basic questions, then you can set out to search for the right self-storage facility. Make sure to check each company’s security protocol and customer access limitations.


Once you’ve settled all the necessary fees and filled out the paperwork, it’s time to pack your belongings and fill up your storage space. But, how do you efficiently do this? Read on for some helpful tips.

Packing Tips

You have the option to pack the items you wish to store on your own. However, if you’d like some help, some storage companies offer services to assist their customers with this part of the job. Getting professional help could ensure that your possessions are properly packed and won’t get damaged on their way to the storage unit.

1. Buy essentials to damage-proof items

Packing your things for self-storage is similar to putting them away for a big move. You will have to make sure they are secure and can be transported to their destination safely. Also, you have to be certain that they will stay safe for the duration of their storage. Below is a list of some packing essentials to damage-proof your items:


  • Duct tape
  • Durable cardboard boxes — Make sure they are all similar in size for easy stacking.
  • Rope or straw — You can use these for lifting and carrying heavier boxes.
  • Bubble wrap — Buying clear ones will make it easier for you to find items when you go back to visit your storage unit.
  • Markers — Use these for labeling the boxes.
  • Newspaper or peanuts stuffing — Use these items to fill any excess space in each box so the items inside will stay put and be protected from breakage.
  • Blankets — These can be used to protect electronic items from below freezing weather.

2. Clean items before storage

Make sure that all the items going into storage are clean. Maintaining the cleanliness of the unit is also vital to prevent dust and mold buildup.


3.  Pack by category

Separate your belongings into different categories. Pack the items that fall in the same group together in one box.


4. Make an inventory list

Inventory lists can be quite useful when storing items, especially for the long term. After cleaning and splitting everything into separate groups, list down all the things that will be put away. Group the items into their respective categories.


It’s important to know where your belongings are at all times so you know where to access what when you need it. Keep your list in a safe place.


5. Label boxes and items properly

Make sure to indicate what category a specific box falls under, and then you can make labels that state what items each box contains based on the inventory list. This way, you’ll have an easier time finding the box with the item you need in the future.


Take note that there might be some things that don’t fit inside boxes due to their irregular shape or size. These should be appropriately labeled and catalogued in the inventory, as well.


Storage Unit Organization Tips

Organization is key when it comes to storage units. Some people haphazardly place their boxes inside without thinking about the next time they’ll dive back into them. If there is no semblance of order, it will be tougher to find items you need when the time comes.

1. Place boxes strategically in the space provided

If you’ve labeled the boxes correctly, strategically placing them into the unit can be done in a jiffy. Once again, make use of the categories you created and designate different sections in the storage unit for each one.


Leave some room in the middle of the unit (like an aisle), so you can reach the ones at the back more easily when you need to. The space in the middle should also branch out into smaller passageways so you can access boxes closer to the wall.

2. Stack similar-sized boxed together

Stack boxes containing items in the same group/category (from heaviest at the bottom to lighter ones at the top) together.


3. Put frequently-used pieces in front

Place items you’re more likely to take out often in the front section, so they’re accessible.


4. Place unboxed items on shelves

As for those large or abnormally-shaped pieces, place them on some makeshift shelves above the stacked boxes. If possible, keep them in their original packaging or container, or cover them with cloth.



Maintaining the Condition of Stored Items

Once all your items are safely inside the storage unit, it’s time to make sure they’re protected from outside elements, like pests and humidity. Place traps and pest-control products to prevent creepy crawlies from entering the boxes.


Also, give the boxes some space between the walls of the unit and from each other for proper ventilation. You may want to place them on top of wooden pallets so air can flow underneath as well. Another smart trick to prevent damage from humidity would be putting charcoal inside the unit to absorb excess moisture.


The last important piece of advice is to make sure the storage unit is properly closed and locked tight. Then you can walk away confident that your belongings are safe and will be untouched until you come back for them.



Chris Humphrey is the General Manager of Easytruck Moving & Storage. In 2013, the company combined their expertise in professional moving services and storage to create an entirely new approach to the business – and mobile storage was born! Easytruck now operates over 30,000 sq.ft. of air-conditioned facilities in three convenient locations in Dubai and is the only Mobile Storage operator in the UAE.

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5 Ways to Get Good Deals on a Commercial Storage Unit

You will find as you progress in life that there arrive many moments when you are transitioning from one place to another and the only thing you require to make the move smooth is a good storage unit. These are super practical whether you are moving house, downsizing, relocating internationally, leaving for college, renovating or splitting households.

However, when you are choosing a storage facility there are tons of things that come to mind. You will be thinking about the condition of the unit, the access to it, security, maintenance; especially if you mean to use it long term, and convenience. And, of course, the cost – it’s not all about money-saving tips but they do help. When you consider all these features and tick the boxes that is when you arrive at your decision of picking the commercial storage meant for you.

Here are the top five ways you know you are getting a good deal on storage units.

A Strategic Location

One neat way to make sure that you won’t end up paying an arm and a leg for a storage unit is to find a storage unit that falls outside of the city limits. A lot of people pay a premium price just to be closer to their storage units but you can always have it just a little further and save yourself the big price margin.

If you don’t need regular access to your storage unit, this is an excellent idea. You can calculate the additional cost of fuel and expenses depending how often you need access to the unit, and depending on that make an informed decision. Most of the times the unit manager will sell you for the proximity to you, and you don’t realize that you don’t access it that often as you thought you might.

Do You Really Need all Those Extra Features?

Other than the proximity to the city you reside in, another thing that commercial units will charge you for are the number of extra functional amenities. The truth is that most people make a decision about a storage unit by counting the features accessible to them, when in fact they should only be checking for the features that they need strictly.

Here is what happens, the unit manager will tell you how smooth your transition can be with all the features he is throwing in with the deal, and at the time it will seem like it’s an excellent deal and you may even feel that the transition was smoother, but do you want to be stuck with that deal for the rest of your rental time?

So here is what you do. Cut off temperature control if you don’t have any sensitive items in storage. Also 24/7 access is another popular feature, but do you really think that you will ever need to access your storage unit at 3 in the morning? If no, then strike that off too. The feature that you should be looking for are security for all your items and extra consideration for special items such as antiques, paintings, fragile items or electronics.

Know What Size You Need

Don’t just go for the biggest one, make a calculated decision. If you think a certain size is what you need, it might not necessarily be it. At most places you will find a 5’ by 5’ home closet, and for standard space that is fine, what most people don’t tell you is that just think about fitting what you need to store at the moment, you can always buy additional space later. Plus there are tons of storage tips that you can put into effect yourself. If you used to live in a big house, and if you’re moving into a small house, then you will definitely need a bigger storage space, since you would end up with extra furniture.

Know How to Manage the Space

You want to consider how many things you are going to place in the unit, the size of those things, and how you are going to store each item into this unit. You have to be systematic in placement and logical according to what you will be accessing frequently than other things. If you do not optimize the unit, you are only paying for extra space that you are not really using.

Some tips to follow include always placing the heavier items in the bottom, pack each box tightly, provide easy access to every item, and always leave a room of passage to reach each item without hiring extra help.

Go for the Long Term Deal

A great way to get a good deal is the good old long term storage unit. This will qualify you for a discount as opposed to you renting a unit for a short period of time. If you are certain you will need the unit for over a year, go for this option, it will save you the extra cost. Storage units have packages starting from a year, some commercial facilities you will find this to start as early as six months.


Storage units become a necessity in some situations, such as moving. You can easily store extra luggage in them and don’t have to worry about running out of space at home.


Author Bio:

Jenny Harrison is a passionate home and lifestyle blogger. She loves to engage with readers who are seeking home and lifestyle-related information on the internet. She is a featured blogger at various high authority blogs and magazines in which she shared her research and experience with the vast online community. Currently, she is associated with New York moving company ‘All Around Moving Services Company’ Specializes in arranging and assembling services of professional and skilled local movers locally in New York City as well as areas in New Jersey, Connecticut and the Miami Dale area in South Florida. Follow her on twitter @MJennyHarrison for more updates.

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The 5 Fundamentals of Building a Successful International E-Commerce Site

The steady march of digital technology has paved the way for new ventures and greater business mobility. When it comes to business expansion, e-commerce is the new frontier. Every year, more and more e-commerce businesses sprout up in the hopes of capturing success.


It doesn’t take long for a business to build an e-commerce website. Many online hosting platforms now provide easy-to-use templates, meaning a business can be selling online in a matter of hours. But greater accessibility produces greater competition, and whilst there are some great money-saving ideas for inexpensive websites always remember the old saying that “you get what you pay for”.


This is particularly true for businesses looking to expand their business to new and emerging markets. As internet access is growing more prevalent in regions like the Middle East and Asia Pacific, there are substantial growth opportunities for businesses to expand overseas.


With year-on-year online sales expected to rise to stratospheric heights, here are the five fundamentals your business must have to launch and grow a successful international e-commerce website.


1.    Market research


Some SMEs find great success online because their products or services address local preferences.


When your SME is ready to expand abroad, it’s crucial to first do research to understand cultural appetites. An important question to ask before overseas expansion is: Are your products or services reflective of local cultural experiences?


If there is a disconnect between your products and the local cultural appetite, your business may fail to launch, resulting in an  insurmountable financial mistake that may be difficult to bounce back from.


2.    International shipping methods


After doing market research, the next step in expanding your e-commerce business internationally is to address shipping. If your products are unable to reach your customers in a timely manner, your global expansion won’t survive its first year.


Know what your shipping options are before expanding overseas.


Do research to find a reputable international freight agency that provides worldwide delivery and global freight services. Your shipping and fulfillment strategy should address policies like shipping and handling costs, shipping rates, and returns.


Where possible, offer flat rates on shipping. This will enable your SME to incentivize its customers. It also provides an additional opportunity for your business to gauge which regions your international customers come from.


3.    International payment gateways


Every country and region has a preferred payment method. In North America, payment platform Paypal and credit cards are the preferred payment method. In countries throughout Europe, online bank transfers and direct debit reign supreme.


When expanding your e-commerce site, ensure that it can support your international customers’ local currency and preferred payment method. Not providing different payment options in the local currency can put your business at risk of losing out on sales.


An e-commerce website with a difficult checkout process will result in high shopping cart abandonment.


4.    Adapt your website to local preferences


Much like local currency, international customers have a preferred way to engage with an e-commerce business. Local and cultural preferences will dictate how an audience in a local territory will engage with your website UX (user experience) design.


When your SME is ready to expand abroad, adapt your e-commerce experience to reflect these local preferences. This means translating your site’s content to the local language, converting sizes and measurements, and tailoring your site’s UX design to be culturally relevant.


Remember, there is no UX design meant to fit all. Localization is crucial to a profitable international e-commerce business. Do research beforehand to ensure your website adheres to your target overseas market.


5.    International data and privacy laws


Certain regions will have specific laws surrounding data and privacy laws as well as import and export regulations. Investigate what the laws are surrounding your target market before sending out your first overseas shipment.


When shipping internationally, confirm that your products have the necessary international freight shipping documents to comply with import and export regulations. Your e-commerce website will also need to adhere to data and privacy laws as stated by your target market.


Not complying with international and local laws and regulations can put your e-commerce business at legal risk. To avoid running into legal trouble, know the specific legalities surrounding your target market.


This ensures you don’t run into any legal obstacles as you try to expand.


A world of success at your (digital) doorstep


When your business has tapped out its local market, then consider expanding internationally.


Small-to-medium businesses looking to capture a sizeable chunk of the global market share may find that success is hard to come by. But that is not to say that growing a profitable international e-commerce business is impossible.


Taking your products and services abroad can guarantee greater success for any SME. When expanding internationally, consider the fundamentals mentioned above and in no time, you’ll be reaping the benefits.



Toby Edwards is the CEO of Shipa Freight and is based in Dubai. Shipa Freight is a new online platform powered by Agility that makes it easy to get air and ocean freight quotes, book, pay and track shipments online. Shipa Freight empowers small and medium-size businesses, taking the complexity out of International Freight Forwarding, making it easy to manage legal, regulatory and compliance issues, and offering convenient ways to pay to move their goods.

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Debunking 6 Self Storage Myths

Are you thinking of investing in some extra space, but are not entirely sure about renting from a storage facility? We know it’s normal to have concerns before committing to any decision. Maybe you’re wondering if renting a self storage unit is worth it or have reservations based on some stories you’ve heard. We’re here to set the record straight and debunk the six most common self storage myths.

  1. “My unit will be broken into.”

Actually, storage units are very secure and typically accessible only by key or code. In addition to limiting access, facilities often offer additional security measures. Alarm systems, computerized gate access, 24/7 surveillance cameras, and a professional staff who care about the safety of your belongings help to ensure that your things remain unharmed and exactly where you left them.


  1. “Self storage isn’t worth the money.”

The value of a storage unit comes down to how much you value your personal need for space. If you truly need extra room, self storage units are an investment that ensures your belongings are properly and safely stored. If you’re concerned about being locked into a long-term contract, many facilities have flexible short-term lease agreements and varying unit sizes that meet your storage and budget needs. Some even offer first-time renter deals like a month of free storage. Overall, there are a variety of ways to make self storage well worth the money.


  1. “I have attic and basement space at home, I don’t need self storage.”

Most people consider their attic or basement first when looking for extra room to stow their belongings. While your own home may be convenient, those spaces are often subject to temperature fluctuations and moisture, which can cause irreversible damage to many of your items. Things like electronics, antiques, books, artwork, photographs, documents, fabrics and even holiday decorations can be ruined by being stored there. Instead, opt for a temperature-controlled storage unit to protect your items.


  1. “Self storage is too much work.”

There can be a lot of planning and packing that goes into self storage, but in the end, a well-organized unit is better than a cluttered mess in your home. Some facilities offer services and materials to make moving your items into your storage unit as easy as possible, like dollies, packing supplies on site, and a free truck on move-in day.


  1. “My stuff can be auctioned off.”

A common misconception is that if you fail to keep up on your lease payments, your storage unit and all the belongings inside it will be auctioned off. There are many state laws that protect the rights of the tenant, ensuring the tenant has multiple chances, warnings, and plans in place before this happens. The situation is also avoidable by maintaining proper communication with your facility and opting for short-term or month-by-month leases.


  1. “Storage facilities are dark and dirty.”

Most storage facilities are well-lit, well-maintained and include lighting in individual storage units. You can keep your unit clean by stopping by regularly to tidy up. Dust is bound to pile up over time in any storage situation, so keep some basic cleaning supplies like a broom and paper towels in your unit. Furniture covers and vacuum-sealed bags are another a good way to make sure you protect your items from grime. To deter pests, strategically place dust sheets in the corners of your unit, replacing the sheets about once a month.

For more information on self storage, contact the storage professionals at Secure Self Storage and find the perfect place for your belongings today.



By Stephen Schwartz, Co-Owner, Secure Self Storage

Stephen Schwartz is the co-founder of Secure Self Storage, a firm that specializes in the development and acquisition of industrial properties.




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Here’s Where To Store Your Stuff When Moving To a Small Apartment

If you are planning to shift into a small apartment, you are bound to face a tough time while arranging your belongings in it, especially if you do not want to throw or sell your possessions.  People who have the habit of accumulating different types of stuff in their homes, face more problems while shifting to the new apartment than those who know the art of living with minimum things.



However, not everyone can be a minimalist; therefore, it’s better to find quality ideas to keep your belongings. One of the best ways to keep your prized possessions safe and secure is to rent an appropriate size storage unit. No matter where you go, your stuff will always remain safe.


And the best part is that you can store anything and everything in a storage unit.  Since these units are available in a variety of sizes, you will never confront a problem while securing your valuables.


However, if you are someone who wants to create extra space in your home, you can secure some of your valuables in a nearby storage facility. If you store your belongings in a storage facility that’s close to your home, it gives you the opportunity to access them frequently.


Since there are several such facilities, finding a good one among them is easier said than done. Yes, you have to put a little effort into figuring out an authentic storage facility, if you want to keep your belongings safe.


Taking the help of the internet can make your task easier. In other words, research over the internet to find out a facility that offers storage units at affordable rates.


So, if you are shifting to a new apartment, here’s what you can keep in storage units.




If your old furniture is still in good condition, but you don’t want to decorate your new apartment with it, you can book a quality storage unit for it.  Since you are planning to store furniture, it’s better to go for climate controlled units as they help in keeping your belongings safe from the harmful consequences of extreme temperature.


These units maintain a consistent temperature in all the seasons so they are perfect for securing temperature sensitive items.  These units also come with a humidity control feature, which protects your belongings even further.


So, whether you have wooden furniture or leather furniture, consider climate controlled units.




If you are a voracious reader, you must have accumulated a lot of books over the years.  And the fact remains, no one feels like selling books because they give you that much-needed company when you are alone. So, if you do not have enough space in your new house to arrange your books, it’s better to secure them in a storage unit.  One of the most crucial advantages of storing your books in a storage unit is that you can access them anytime if you feel like gifting them to your loved ones.


Besides, if you feel like reading any of your books over again, you do not have to buy them.


Household Appliances


Storage units are also an ideal option for storing kitchen appliances. Whether you talk about high-end appliances like TV, microwave, refrigerator, dishwashers or things like washers, and dryers, you can keep them all in storage units.  Again, it’s better to rent climate controlled units for these things.


Special Collections


If you have collected a lot of valuable things over the years such as souvenirs, a variety of wines, and showpieces, etc., you can keep them in storage units without giving a second thought.




If you are an art lover, you must have a lot of paintings, sculptures, and antiques, etc., in your home. You can secure them in a storage unit if you can’t manage to keep them in your new home.




Storage units are also ideal for securing vehicles. Whether you are looking forward to storing your car, boat, or an RV, you can rent the right size unit for them. Since buying a parking space can be too expensive, it’s better to rely on storage units.

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3 Things to Know Before You Rent a Storage Unit This Summer

Storage units are having a moment as more and more people are recognizing the benefits of renting a space to store their belongings. No matter the reason, having a storage unit in a reliable storage facility is a fantastic option for those who want a safe, accessible and easy-to-find option for their belongings.


If you are considering renting one, here are three things to know before you rent a storage unit this summer.

1. There are plenty of reasons to rent a storage unit.

For each person, there is a personal reason why renting a storage unit this summer is a priority.


  • Perhaps you are moving to a different house or apartment, regardless of whether it is down the street or on the other side of the world, and you need a place to keep your possessions while the move happens or until you return.


  • On the other hand, you may be perfectly content in your current abode and are investing in home renovations that are only going to make your home even more personal. While the upgrades are occurring, there is a high likelihood that you would prefer your own items to be stored away out of harm’s reach. This is another common reason for renting a storage unit for a month or two.


  • Thirdly, you may want to declutter your home and store away items and clothing that aren’t necessary for the upcoming months. Especially if you have a family, you may find every cupboard and drawer piled high with possessions. Taking the time to organize and sort out your home, and then removing winter belongings and placing them into storage, can bring much peace of mind.


These are just three examples out of the many reasons that people find benefits in renting a storage unit (and there is no right or wrong reason)!.

2. Not all storage units are alike.

Now that you know you want to rent a storage unit, it is time to pick the appropriate one for your situation and your possessions. Unfortunately, not all storage facilities and units are the same, and there is a wide variety in terms of  the quality of the unit, location, and service you may find.


You want to make sure that any storage unit you rent has climate control, reasonable hours for accessing your unit, video monitoring and several steps of gates/locks, in-person surveillance, different size options, and a well-lit area for when you are dealing with your possessions.


Generally, there are two types of storage units:


  • Full-service storage: Valet-like service where the company comes and picks up your belongings and takes them to your storage unit. The company will also document all the items in your unit.


  • Self-storage: You are responsible for moving and removing your possessions and you need to keep track of your items on your own. However, if necessary, you can also hire office removalists to help you with the removal aspect.

3. How you pack is crucial to the organization of your storage unit.

While it may not seem too important when you are just trying to get all your belongings to fit inside the unit, the truth is that how you organize and pack your storage unit is of utmost importance.


Therefore, well before the removal date, start investing the necessary time to guarantee that your possessions are well-packed. This means no procrastinating, no matter how overwhelming the job may feel! Start by adequately padding and packing all your breakables and filling boxes with the items that you don’t use on a regular basis.


That being said, make sure to pack boxes based on rooms and label them accordingly. This will assist you in locating specific items whenever necessary and will make unpacking a lot more enjoyable.



Have you ever rented a storage unit? What do you wish you had known before you started moving your belongings in? Let us know in the comments below!



Kim Hill works on Marketing at Adams & Rofe Removals and Storage and has been a dynamic figure in the removal industry for over 30 years. For relocating families, individuals or offices around Sydney or all over Australia, Kim will develop the perfect removal plan to take the stress out of your next move.

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A Guide To First Time Self Storage

If you’re tired of all the stuff you have in your home or yard, then you might want to consider renting a self storage unit to store all of your stuff. Self storage is even more crucial if you have a lot of items that you need stored for your business or even stuff that you’ve inherited. However, many people are unsure about the service and what exactly it entails. So, in this article, we asked Aabsolute Self Storage Glasgow to help us take a closer look at typical self storage services and things that you need to keep in mind.


First of all, you should note that most self storage companies have different types and sizes of storage units. Due to the different sizes available, you need to have a good idea about how much stuff you need to store so you can decide on what size storage unit to get. Making sure you only pay for the space you need is one of the most basic money-saving tips to keep in mind. In the event that you’re unsure about how much storage you need, you can get a sales rep from your chosen self storage company to review the items you need stored and recommend the best storage unit size. Also, if you intend to store more stuff over time, then you should choose a larger unit that will accommodate everything. Most self storage companies offer tours of their storage units, so be sure to ask for one before you decide to store your stuff there.


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Now, one of the concerns you may have is about who has access to your storage unit. This is particularly important if you plan on storing valuable or personal items in your unit. Typically, most storage facilities are only accessible by the lock and key that is given to you. Also, no one else is allowed to enter your unit unless they are listed on your rental agreement access. This helps a great deal in the security of your items. Of course, you can grant access to whomever you like by giving them your key, unit number and gate code access. There is also an authorized user privileges form which is a list of people that you authorize to access your storage unit. You can change this list at any time you want, however, all changes must be done in writing.


In addition to having different sizes of storage units, there are also different types of units. Some common ones include climate controlled units, drive up storage units and indoor storage units. Climate controlled units are suitable for storing items that are sensitive to temperature. You can control the temperature of these units but they typically don’t get lower than 65 degrees Fahrenheit or more than 85 degrees Fahrenheit. These units are a bit more expensive to rent than indoor or drive up units but it can help you to save thousands of dollars in the long run. Typical items that are stored in these type of units include electronics, wooden furniture, artwork, wine, books, vintage items etc. If you’re unsure about whether your items need to be stored in a climate controlled unit, you should speak to a storage rep or consultant.


Indoor storage units on the other hand are units that are located in two or three story buildings that are not as exposed to harsh elements. Drive up storage units are units that are very easily accessible since you can drive up to the unit, offload and drive away. This is the most convenient storage unit, however, it doesn’t provide as much protection as the other two unit types.


In closing, we have just looked at self storage and the different types of storage units that are available. So, be sure to keep the above information in mind to make the most informed choice for your storage needs.


For more information or to find out about self storage in Glasgow head over to

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What Happens When You Are Unable To Pay For Your Self Storage?

A lot of people worry about the consequences of not paying for self storage. Here we alleviate those fears by looking at what happens, so self storage customers can be aware.

One of the reasons people avoid investing in a self storage unit is through fear of what happens when you don’t pay. The glorified programmes showing the auctioning off of units makes many worry that is what will happen to their belongings. This is a warranted fear when you don’t understand the way self storage works when you are unable to pay, however, once you recognise that there is a clear system which doesn’t automatically result in your unit being taken from you, it is reassuring and self storage becomes a much more desirable option.

So How Does It Work?

When you sign a contract to pay for a unit for a set amount of time you have a legally binding obligation to pay your fees. If you fail to do this the facility you have the contract with does have a right over the contents of your unit, called a ‘Right Of Lien’. So they can hold on to your unit’s contents until you have paid your debts to them. When you don’t settle the debts the contents are able to eventually, at the end of a long process, able to be sold to make up some of the debt. To be clear – getting to this point is a very long process, you don’t just miss a payment and your goods are up for auction.

First and foremost you will be notified you are late with your payments. This might be a formal reminder, or it might be a warning explaining what will happen if you do not pay the amount by a set time. Most centres will send out several of these notices clearly explaining the situation, until they take action. Obviously the longer you don’t pay, the longer they are losing out on money.

Speak To The Unit As Soon As Possible

If you are having money troubles it does pay to speak to the facility as soon as you possibly can. Remember the facility doesn’t want to get into a dispute with you, it doesn’t do them any favours either. There may be things that can be done to help your situation, and at the very least explaining your situation will make the facility feel like you’re not being underhand in any way.

Avoiding The Situation Altogether

It is important to avoid the situation altogether where possible. Removing all your belongings from the storage unit and ending your contract as soon as you can is a good idea – ideally before you run into trouble paying fees. You could also possibly move to a smaller unit which costs less, getting rid of some of the items you already store.

So, although the facility does have the right to hold onto your items if you don’t meet payments, they are also legally obliged to give you plenty of warning and notice to pay your debt before this happens. A good facility will be clear about the process and do everything they can to help you avoid the situation in the first place.


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5 Proven Ways to Grow Your Removal Company

If you already have an established, successful removal company you may be considering ways to grow your business, expand your customer base and improve your bottom line. These are the ultimate goals for anyone in business; it’s the natural next step once you have proven your business model, and it’s no different for a removals company than for any other type of business.

But just what are the best ways to grow a removal company?

Fortunately, there are many proven ways to reach the next goal in your business expansion, but you will need to carefully consider which is right for you as it very much depends on how your business functions right now and, of course, how much time and money you are willing to spend on your growth plan. Nevertheless, these tips will give you plenty to think about:


Open at another location

Many people who are moving house prefer to use a local company as they feel they get a more personalised (not to mention cheaper) service so opening in other locations can help you attract more customers from a wider area. It is very common for business owners to take this approach to growth because, providing you have done your market research right, there is minimal risk because you are simply duplicating a proven business model in a different town or region. However, do remember that your existing location(s) will have to be able to function effectively without you, the business owner, being able to oversee operations as much as before.


Collaborate with other relevant businesses

If you currently operate only in one region or one country then a low-cost way to attract more business is to build collaborative relationships with other removal companies that only offer their services in regions or countries that you don’t cover. For instance, if your removals company covers only the UK why not consider a collaboration with international removal companies where you can refer customers to each other when people are moving to/from the UK. This can be a powerful way to quickly earn more business but it is not without risks and relies on each business being equal partners in the agreement.


  • Diversifying into other services is a good strategy for growth, because it allows you to have several different streams of income to cover seasonal lulls and changes in customer needs. A removal company is often most dependent on a buoyant housing market but diversifying into different target markets can help increase your sales and your profits. Natural ways for a removal company to diversify include:
  • Target business removals, which are less affected by, and less seasonal than, the housing market.
  • Offer self-storage facilities to the general public if you already have the spare space – self storage is also frequently used by small online retailers, which could provide a new target market altogether.
  • Offer logistics services for the warehousing and distribution of consumer goods. Our modern day shopping habits mean that goods are constantly being moved around the country and since most removals companies already have vehicles and warehousing space this is an ideal way of diversifying.
  • Acquire another business. Many removal companies are a local service with only one location so investigate the possibility of acquiring a smaller company that already has similar services, quality and value as your company. Whilst the initial financial outlay may be higher than other options you will get a ready-made business.
  • Improve your marketing. Before you start thinking of new locations and new target markets first make absolutely sure that you are getting maximum value from the locations(s) you already have. Analyse how you currently acquire most of your customers. Is it word-of-mouth and print advertising? If it is then you could certainly benefit from improving your online presence either with a sponsored ad campaign, focused digital marketing or social media campaigns. Increasingly potential customers are simply turning to the computer or mobile device to search for what they want or need so improvements in this area could help you maximise exposure for your current locations and offerings.
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How to Make the Most of Self Storage

It’s fairly obvious that the larger a self storage unit is the more it is going to cost you to rent so it makes sense to try and squeeze as much into a unit as possible as the saving each month could be significant, especially for a long term rental. But you do also have to think about the practicalities. Let’s say, for instance you run a small business that has outgrown your home or garage storage but are not yet ready to take the leap to renting a warehouse so you are using self storage as an inexpensive warehouse alternative. In situations such as these it is a false economy to pack the storage unit to the rafters because you will need regular and easy access to your stock or equipment. You don’t want to have to remove piles of boxes every time you visit the storage unit.


On the other hand if you are moving house to a new area and have placed all your household possessions in storage and are renting while you settle into your new job and take a look around the region to see where to move then it is unlikely you will eant to regularly pop back to your unit so in situations such as these you can pack it to the rafters (not literally, perhaps as you need to allow some air flow).

So here are the main things to consider to make the most of the storage space you are paying for:

Maximise the Storage Space

If you don’t need regular access to your items and only plan to return to retrieve them once you have found your dream house or your current work contract expires, or you return from travelling the world (or whatever), you can keep costs down by maximising your self storage space:


  • Store your stuff inside cupboards, dressers, wardrobes or cabinets and on bookshelves.
  • Fill every available corner. Don’t forget the storage drawers underneath divan beds if you have those too.
  • Avoid hollow space – there’s always something that will fit inside everything – it just takes a bit of pre-planning
  • Stack cardboard boxes as high as is safe with heavy boxes at the bottom and lighter ones on top (it’s not rocket science)

Allow Easy Access

If you need regular access to your items – maybe if you run an eBay or Amazon business, or other small business, you need to ensure you have easy access:

  • Leave an aisle between your boxes large enough for someone to walk along and manoeuvre out any boxes you need.
  • Don stack the boxes above head height as it is potentially dangerous lifting down heavy boxes above that height.
  • Label every box clearly and on all sides.
  • Always keep a detailed inventory of all the items you are storing. If you are running a small business this is essential for stock taking and so you know when to replenish your stocks.

Implementing these tips and tricks might take a little bit more time upfront, but completing them will decrease your chance of having a complete melt-down the next time you open your storage unit and an avalanche of boxes rains down on you.