The Best Packing Materials That Keep Your Valuables Safe

It’s inevitable that items will be knocked and bumped into when moving. With so many boxes around and people coming in and out, it is almost inevitable that minor collisions will happen from time to time. The good news, though, is that removals still tend to go smoothly with little or no damage being caused even to fragile items. This is largely down to being able to pack items in a way that keeps them safe from damage. Using the right materials will make a big difference when it comes to packing, whether you are in Great Yarmouth or any other part of the county.

Bubble Wrap

Many of us have spent some time blissfully popping away at the bubbles on bubble wrap. As enjoyable as that may be, however, bubble wrap does also have other uses. When it comes to packing for moving home, it is perfect for protecting fragile items from damage. It can be wrapped individually around items for maximum protection and is one of the most effective packing materials there is. It should also be fairly easy to buy, whether you are in Bungay or anywhere else in the country.

Polystyrene

Polystyrene comes available in a huge range of shapes and sizes. It makes an ideal packing material as it creates a protective barrier that can help absorb impact. It also helps to fill gaps in boxes to help ensure the items inside are kept firmly in place, preventing damage caused by items knocking into each other. It is readily available and very affordable.

Newspaper

Newspaper is a godsend when it comes to moving day. Not only can it be used to wrap items to prevent scratches, but it can also be scrunched up and used as a packing material. When scrunched up, it helps to create a protective barrier that can absorb the shock of minor impacts. It can also be used as packing that will fill gaps and prevent items from moving around too much inside boxes. Perhaps best of all, it is also very cheap and very accessible. You could even ask your neighbours for their old newspapers before they throw them out.

Cardboard Boxes

Cardboard boxes are a must-have when you are moving. Putting things in cardboard boxes allows you to pack them in properly for protection. It also allows you to keep things organised, which is important when there is so much going in. It can be surprising just how quickly you can fill boxes, so make sure that you get plenty in. A good place to get cheap, or even free, cardboard boxes can be local shops and supermarkets.
Furniture Covers

With so much happening, it can be easy for furniture and other items to get dirty. A simple cover will help to keep them clean during moving, meaning you don’t have a lot of cleaning to do later. Furniture covers can also help protect against scratches and other similar damage. Old sheets and other fabrics may be perfect for the job, while you could also buy purpose made covers if you wish to.

Things to Look Out for When Looking at Storage Options

If you need to find a place to keep your belongings for a short while, then you should find something with little difficulty. If you are lucky enough, you may even be able to ask a friend or family member if they have spare room. Failing that, there are plenty of companies offering the service in Halesworth and elsewhere throughout the country. While there are plenty of services available, there are certain things you should look out for when choosing.

Security

Security is a very obvious concern when it comes to storage facilities. You want your belongings to be safe from damage and theft, and this means facilities that keep out unwanted intruders. Any security company should be able to provide facilities that are safe from intruders. Not only should the building itself be secure, but your particular storage space should also be secure. You should make sure to ask just how secure locks and doors are. Also, inquire about additional security measures such as whether or not security guards are on premises.

Fire Protection

Even the smallest of fires can spread quickly if left unchecked and all of your belongings could potentially be destroyed in just a matter of minutes. Check to make sure that any storage company you are using is following fire protection facilities as they should be. Are fire barriers in place? Are sprinklers installed? Are smoke alarms in operation? Bear in mind also that storing chemicals, even batteries, can also lead to fires so be sure to be mindful of what you choose to store yourself.

Reputation

Bear in mind that no matter how secure a facility may be, you are still entrusting them with your belongings. Before choosing a company in Loddon or anywhere else, have a look into their reputation to see whether or not they can be trusted. If a company has been around for a long time and has a lot of good reviews, then the chances are that you can leave your belongings safely with them. Make sure also not to let anybody know about any particularly valuable items you may be storing as it would only likely make you a target.

Insurance

Even the best equipped and most trustworthy storage company can encounter unexpected problems. Nobody can offer an absolute 100% guarantee that your belongings are completely safe. With this in mind, you should check to see how you are insured should something happen to your property. Insurance companies will be reluctant to ensure businesses that don’t offer adequate protection. This means that if a company doesn’t have insurance, then they might not be meeting requirements that ensure the safety of your property.

CCTV

CCTV not only helps to identify people that have broken into premises but also deters break-ins from happening at all. Thieves don’t want to be caught and are likely to keep clear of any property that has cameras present. The cameras should be clearly visible to ensure they are a deterrent and should cover all entrances and exits.

Important Things to Organise Before Moving to a New House

People will tell you that moving house is one of the most stressful things you can do, but it doesn’t have to be that way! Whilst it’s certainly true that there are lots of different things to organise before your move, planning ahead can help you to keep your cool and make it to your new house alive!

From preparing for the move to packing your furniture and possessions and connecting your utilities, we’re here to make life easier with our handy list of things to organise before moving to a new house.

Perfect Your Packing

Don’t fall into the trap of leaving all your packing until the last minute – nothing is guaranteed to cause more stress! It’s best to start well in advance of your moving date by packing up the rooms you use the least, such as a guest room.

If you’re selling your home and don’t want cluttered boxes of belongings lying around when viewings are taking place, you can always take advantage of a self-storage unit, such as the ones available here at Waveney Self Storage. With 24-hour security and CCTV, your furniture and belongings will be in safe hands!

Label Your Boxes

Having a labelling system in place helps to make life easier for both you and the removal company. By giving each room a colour and marking boxes with coloured pens, the removal team will know which boxes go in which room – and you’ll be able to find things more easily in your new home too.

It’s best to have an ‘essentials’ box which holds everything you’ll need for the first day or two in your new home – stuff like a kettle, toaster, mugs, tea and coffee and anything you need for the kids or pets. Don’t forget to label boxes containing breakable items as ‘fragile’ so that the removal company knows to take extra care!

Choose the Right Removal Service

Rather than wondering whether you need a Transit van or a Luton to accommodate all your belongings, it’s best to leave your removal to the experts. Whether you have just a few boxes of things or the contents of an entire four-bedroom house to move; our family-run removals service can help you move locally in The Waveney Valley, Lowestoft and the surrounding areas.

Our reliable team can help with loading and unloading; so all you need to do is show up with the keys to your new property and let us do all the heavy lifting!

Stay on Top of Paperwork

Make sure you don’t forget about all the admin associated with moving. It pays to make a list of utilities such as electric, gas and broadband. Get in touch with your providers well in advance of your moving date to see if your services can be switched on the day. Don’t forget to change your address with the council tax, your employer and other services like your bank.

Stay Calm!

One of the best ways to avoid moving day stress is to be prepared. Leaving the kids and pets with a friend or family member whilst you focus on the move is also a good idea, as you can pick them up or arrange for them to be dropped off once you’re settling in.

Now you’re well on the way to being organised for your move sit back, pour yourself a cuppa and give Waveney Self Storage a call. We’ll provide you with a reliable removals service or self-storage to ensure your move goes smoothly.

How to Properly Preserve and Protect Your Furniture

Furniture storage is one of our most popular services or features here at Waveney Self Storage. It probably comes as no surprise either, if you think about it. From spare office furniture and equipment to treasured items and memories you’re saving for your children. Businesses and domestic properties both benefit from self-storage – no matter the requirement.

Instead of trying to make room for your precious items, give them a home of their own. Self-storage in Beccles, Loddon, Norwich or Great Yarmouth couldn’t be easier! Based between Norfolk and Suffolk; we’re easily findable from Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire and Essex too!

If you’re thinking of putting some furniture away, we have some handy tips for you below to properly protect your items. This will help preserve them for long-term self-storage.

A Good Clean

It goes without saying really, but before you store your furniture you should give each item a good clean. A simple wipe down may be sufficient. If not, make sure you use an appropriate cleaner for the type of material. It’s also important that you let your items dry – as you may trap moisture inside when you wrap/cover the furniture.

Disassemble as Much as Possible

This is all about common sense really. There are some items that are more easily transported in one piece. And then there are those that can be disassembled to make things much quicker and labour intensive. Items such as beds, dining room tables and desks are all examples of this.

This not only lightens the load – it also creates more space in your van or mode of transportation. For example, a desk with all its drawers and legs removed is much easier to pack! Make sure you group items together and wrap them together too – so there’s minimum confusion when it comes to reassembling at a later date!

Cover or Wrap Your Items

Bubble wrap is a storage person’s best friend! Honestly, such a humble invention but a great one! This material is great for your fragile items and those with pointed/sharp edges. However, it’s not always the best choice as bubble wrap is made out of plastic.

If you’re storing wooden of fabric items, plastic wrapping can often suffocate the materials and cause condensation or nasty smells. Fabric covers, sheets or blankets will protect from dust but still allow the materials to breathe.

Approach it Like Tetris

The temptation to just throw things in your unit, with no real thought to placement, is all too tempting. Especially if you have heavy furniture, and you’ve already lifted it in and out of the van before getting to your unit!

To maximize the space you have – approach the situation like a game of Tetris. Careful placement will not only allow you to fit more in, but your furniture will be more protected too. The key here is to leave adequate space in-between your items!

Choose Storage Units with Humidity Control

Humidity or climate control is a massive benefit when it comes to self storage in Norfolk. The weather in the UK isn’t great at the best of times. But when we do get sunshine, we enjoy it well here in East Anglia!

Humidity control will help maintain your furniture’s condition, in comparison to storing your items in a humid loft space or damp basement area.

Self-Storage in Norfolk and Suffolk

Would you like some more information on our humidity-controlled self storage units in Norfolk? Call 01502 679911 for more details or to arrange a quote today!

Taking Your Storage and Security Very Seriously

Security and cost are the two biggest concerns amongst most customers looking for self-storage units. Understandably so, you want to know your items and personal possessions are safe, but without paying out the nose for the privilege!

Here at Waveney Self Storage our prices are more than competitive. Even so, can you really put a cost on the safety and preservation of your precious and/or valuable belongings? Costs can be bartered, negotiated and tailored. However, safety is paramount and fixed – your items are either sufficiently protected – or they are not. It’s as simple as that.

The whole team here at Waveney take security very seriously. Whether you require self-storage in Lowestoft, Halesworth or Great Yarmouth – your items are on lock down and totally secure! See below for our full security features.

Twenty-Four-Hour Security

Members of security staff are on premises around the clock, every day of the year. Now we have to admit, we’re not ninjas! We’ve seen a Bruce Lee film or two but we’re not exactly Hollywood’s finest looking here! But what we are is extremely meticulous, careful and well experienced in the field of self-storage security.

We keep your items secure from all risks – from potential thieves and trespassers to pesky rodents and insects. Although, in reality, they are both the same, right?

CCTV Assistance

As good as our security staff may be, their eyes can’t be everywhere all at once. Our CCTV cameras can be though! Our people are the ears on the ground, whilst our cameras are the eyes in the sky. Not only does this help with our security operation in real time, it also allows us to record for future use. If in the very rare event something does happen, we will have it all on tape!

Redcare Intruder Alarm System

To further ensure you have total peace of mind – we also employ a Redcare intruder alarm system. Redcare is the UK’s most reliable alarm signalling provider and one we have total confidence in. This is the only company of its kind to be backed by BT technology.

Intruder alarm systems provided by Redcare produce a signal that is sent out to an Alarm Receiving Centre (ARC). Here, the signal is monitored twenty-four-hours a day. The alarm system will alert us here at Waveney, any other nominated persons and emergency services when necessary.

Humidity Control

Security means more than protecting just your unit – you must also consider the security of the items placed inside. How you pack and position your items for storage is down to you. However, when it comes to protecting the quality of your items once they’re stored, we can sure give you a helping hand there!

How? With humidity control! Humidity control helps to maintain your furniture’s condition. This is a lot better than storing your items in a humid attic or damp basement. If you’re thinking long-term storage in Norfolk – humidity control is a must!

Expert and Professional Packaging Materials

Need a hand wrapping or packing your items to ensure they are safe and secure? We have a range of packaging materials available here at Waveney. Whatever your requirements are we are here to help. Get a quote online today or call 01502 679911 to find out more.

Winter’s Most Common Business Storage Needs

Looking for self-storage in Great Yarmouth? Perhaps you need to store items in Beccles Body, or somewhere else in the close proximity? Whatever your Norfolk/Suffolk storage needs are, the team here at Waveney are here to help!

This time of year is particularly handy for it too! Why? Because it’s winter! And winter brings with it some specialist and distinct challenges, leading to seasonal requirements for storage and your overall business’ operations.

To give you an idea of what we’re talking about, let’s take a look at winter’s most common business storage needs.

Important Document Storage

This one stands to reason pretty much all year round, but possibly even more so at winter time. The Christmas period often means businesses will close for at least 7 days. For many companies, this is the longest period of absence throughout the entire year. For complete security, it’s probably wise to lock up all of your important documentation somewhere safe – just in case! You never know what might happen whilst you’re away!

Manage Overflowing Stock

Businesses that work on a seasonal basis will often have overflowing amounts of stock around winter time. This is especially true if you sell summer-related items and you’re getting your stock pile ready for the sunshine. Instead of over-packing your warehouse/place of work – why not opt for a safe storage place instead?

Relocation, Relocation, Relocation

Are you moving offices, or are you planning on moving sometime in the near future? This should be a simple case of moving your equipment from one place to another, but we all know it never really works out like that. There’s too much back-and-forth for you to truly keep a check on things. Often, it’s much easier and much more organised to place your smaller items and pieces of equipment into storage before you begin to move your larger items, furniture and staff members.

Precious, Antique or Fragile Items

Businesses that deal with antique and fragile items will also massively benefit from safe and secure self-storage in Norfolk and Suffolk. This is true across the whole calendar year, not just in winter. Whether you sell these items, or depend on them for your business operation, it’s always more reassuring to have them stored somewhere securely. Rather than running the risk of damage/breakages!

Exhibition or Seasonal Equipment

Your summer-orientated marketing tools and equipment will need somewhere to live until the sun comes out again. For example, if you own a restaurant, it’s likely your business will make use of seasonal promotional gear and other time-specific communication materials. There’s no point throwing them away as they may come in handy again next year. Using a self-storage container means you don’t have to clutter your storage cupboards at work, or other areas of your workplace.

Outdoor Furniture

It’s also likely that, as a restaurant owner, you won’t be serving many people outside of your establishment during winter! So it’s time to bring in your outside tables, chairs and benches and find somewhere for them to live over the festive period. A storage unit allows you to store these away safely, without having to worry about their condition or whereabouts until they are needed again.
Self-Storage in Norfolk and Suffolk

From Loddon to Norwich and everywhere in-between, we’re here to help with all of your Norfolk/Suffolk storage needs, no matter the time of year. Get a quote online today or call 01502 679911 to find out more.

Jingle Bells, Windy Spells, Summer Stuff Stored Away!

Oh what fun, it is to hide, all your summer gear all away! Because otherwise – it’s just in the way! Seriously though, it’s that time of year where everyone’s thermostat is working overtime and we’re all just ambling around the place like tired, frozen zombies. Yes, winter is officially upon us and the icy chill that comes with it brings a whole host of changes to your daily life.

You’ll be wearing a lot more clothes, and seeing a lot less daylight, that’s for sure! Another thing we say goodbye to temporarily is our summer stuff. This can mean different things for residential or commercial environments, but the notion remains the same.

Carry on reading to see examples of summer-exclusive items that will need somewhere to hibernate over the coming months.

Summer Garden Furniture

Garden chairs, tables, patio umbrellas and sun loungers are all examples of summer garden furniture. These are great during the warmer months, but often wasted and exposed to the harsh elements during winter. Sheltering from the winter wind and rain is particularly important if you have wooden furniture. This helps to prevent green algae and/or mould from taking hold.

This is also true for commercial properties that may have wooden benches outside, or patches of grass that feature places for people to relax in the sun. Throughout winter it is important to close off such areas for health and safety reasons – as ice can be extremely dangerous.

Barbecue Equipment

Your barbecue equipment is a continuation of the above too. These things don’t last very long during the British winter! Rot, mould and breakages can all occur due to moisture and frozen conditions. If you’re a business owner that likes to treat their employees to a summer BBQ every now and then, you don’t want to waste money replacing your equipment ever year!

You could get yourself a cover, but nothing will protect your stuff better than storing it away safely, away from harm. Plus it makes your garden look a lot less ghastly, removing the snow-covered dome and cooking tools!

Summer Sports Gear

Some sports are best played in the winter, whilst others are most definitely not! Boating, kayaking, sailing and anything else performed on water – you may not fancy this on the wrong side of November! We don’t blame you either! Keep your equipment safe, dry and in one place by locking them up in storage.

Kids Garden Toys and Accessories

We saved one of the most obvious examples until last – children’s stuff! This stuff gets absolutely everywhere! You probably have enough toys inside your house to even contemplate those scattered across your lawn. So why not remove the potential for worry completely and clear the garden of the mess?

Self-storage will ensure your children’s sandpit, paddling pool, pedal cars and whatever else will remain protected and ice-free all winter.

Self-Storage in Norfolk and Suffolk

If you’re looking for extra space to store your summer stuff in the Norfolk or Suffolk areas – we can certainly help with that! From self-storage in the Waveney Valley, to storage facilities in Beccles and Great Yarmouth. We’ve got storage units available in sizes to suit all needs. Get a quote online today or call 01502 679911 to find out more.

Take advantage of our spring storage offers, why not have a spring clean?

Spring is nearly upon us at last!  Are you moving home? Or preparing to spring clean  your home or office?  If of course you do need to free up the space, get in touch with us here at Waveney Self Storage to find out about our Spring offers.

Our choice of a number of different sized units allows you to store your belongings in the most cost effective way and in the best environment possible.  Our access is 7 days a week and we can also help you ‘out of hours’ by prior appointment.

Our units provide you with the quality you need.  They are purpose built within an insulated warehouse with climate control therefore maintaining the best environment for your belongings.

We can help you with your move by recommending local van hire companies as well as removals.  Please call us to discuss.

Beat the chill and keep your contents safe

The UK winter not only sees cold weather take hold but also vast differences in temperature. From -4 to +4 in a matter of days, these large fluctuations can play havoc with your stored items.

At this time of year, using outbuildings, a garage or the shed to store items  may keep them dry but won’t protect them form the temperature or dampness that comes in the air.

In these conditions paper will get crispy and look worn or faded.Books bound with  glue could dry up and crack, papers with wood pulp content discolor and get very brittle. Thermal print paper (such as receipts) turns completely black and obscures the text printed on it.

Clothes are also prone to the dampness in the air which will bring mildew, which may be irretrievable. Wines and drinks can also freeze and thaw making glass brittle and contents taste different.

Some items will survive a winter in your outbulding but watch the cardboard box you stored them in. The temperature changes will affect the tape used to secure that box and the box floor could get damp affecting the weight it can carry meaning you could pick up your box and watch the content spill onto the floor.

At Waveney Self Storage we offer a climate controlled environment, meaning it will always stay a regulated temperature inside, no matter what the weather outside is doing.

We can also store your bulky items like snow shovels or sleds, and with easy access you can pick them up just in time for when you need them.

Click here to learn more about our storage options this winter.

 

Self storing your garden furniture could save you money

A bench in AutumnWinter is coming. The high winds and cold mornings mean we need to consider putting away the garden furniture away until the Spring.

Storing garden furniture is never easy, a good seat or a garden bench does not easily pack neatly into the corner. Add in the barbecue, parasol and other elements and you could quickly be running out of space. If you are storing in a garage our outbuilding you may need some rearranging to ensure the furniture is behind those Halloween and Christmas decorations!

With Self Storage you could comfortably store all your garden furniture without clogging up your garage or outbuilding.

Putting your garden furniture away is not just about keeping it looking good for next season, it is also protecting your investment. If you have wicker furniture or steel framed furniture, for example,The wicker will expand and contract throughout the cold weather damaging the material and the steel could potentially rust, shortening the life of your furniture.

Keeping your garden furniture in self storage will ensure they are kept in a dry and temperature controlled environment so there should be no rusting and a lot less wear and tear. We also offer furniture covers which could help keep it clean.

Customers storing their garden furniture this week have been picking up their Halloween decorations!