The X List: What You Cannot Store in Self Storage

Storage containers are extremely handy for keeping hold of
items that you don’t want to get rid of, but unfortunately you can’t store in
your own home. You may have a lack of space in which to store your items.
Another reason may be that you use your spare room for such purpose, but you
have company arriving and staying for an extended period of time.

Contrary to popular belief though, you can’t put anything
and everything into self-storage. For a variety of reasons, we must have rules
and regulations on what you can and cannot store. So, without further ado,
let’s look at what makes the ‘X’ list in terms of what you can’t put into
self-storage.

Animals

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but your self-storage
container does not double up as a creche for animals. This applies to putting
your pet in there whilst you’re on holiday. The staff are not trained as animal
handlers and moreover, it’s more than a little cruel! This rule doesn’t just
apply to live animals either. We don’t allow the use of our containers for
taxidermist purposes, or to store any finished related products, either.

It’s a Storage Unit, Not a Flat!

This should be obvious, but it’s on our ‘X’ list due to
sheer popularity. We don’t allow our containers to be used for permanent
residency, believe it or not. You won’t believe the amount of times we are
asked about this! As a general rule, no human occupancy allowed! Obviously, you
can visit your unit as many times as you want. Just don’t have a sleepover!

Stolen Goods

If you have purchased a second-hand item from a car boot
sale or online, you may not have assurances over the validity of the purchase.
If, on the off chance, you have purchased an item that is deemed to be stolen,
we have the right to refuse the right for you to store it.

We always encourage you to make sure you have proof of
authenticity before buying. You can also check electronics to see whether they
are stolen by searching the stolen items register and entering the IMEI number
or serial number. If in doubt, don’t chance it!

Hazardous Materials

Budding scientists look away now. If you had intentions of
storing your chemistry kits, it’s a no-go unfortunately! Chemicals such as
acids are considered dangerous materials and therefore not allowed. Hazardous
materials range from propane tanks to fireworks, with everything in-between.
Obviously, we would be here from now till next Christmas listing what is
considered hazardous so here’s a helpful tip to ask yourself.

“Do I feel comfortable storing this in my own home, without
any regrets?”

If the answer is no, we don’t like the idea of it either!

The Grey Areas

We understand that you can never be too sure what’s
appropriate for self-storage and what isn’t. So, if you have any questions or
concerns about what you’re trying to put in storage, feel free to give us a
ring and we’ll let you know whether we’ll accept it.

At the end of the day, although some requests can give us a
good chuckle, we must think about the safety of everybody involved. We want
your items to be kept safe, but our staff also have the right to feel safe,
too. Fireworks are great in fields, not so great if lit in a contained unit!

Protecting Your Furniture from Sunlight

It isn’t often we say this, but isn’t this summer a scorcher? We’ve had more than our usual share of BBQs and hot, sunny afternoons in the garden this year; but there are some downsides to all this hot weather! Sunlight can damage your most valuable pieces of furniture, like that expensive antique couch in your lounge or your wooden desk in the study.

So how you can you protect your furniture from the harmful (but delightful) rays of the sun this summer? Stand by – we’ve got a few tips to help you out!

Protect Fabrics from Fading

Your expensive couch or favourite armchair isn’t safe from the harmful effects of sunlight during the summer months, particularly when the British summer is at its height! Although delicate fabrics like linen and silk will fade more quickly than acrylic and polyester, no fabric is 100% safe from the sun’s rays.

Darker and more vibrantly coloured fabrics will fade more quickly while lighter shades will show fading less – something to think about if you’re choosing a couch to situate in-front of a window.

For indoor furniture that sits in a sunny spot (or a conservatory), choosing outdoor fabrics designed to withstand the elements is a good idea.

Prevent Wood Furniture from Discolouration

Depending on what type of wood your furniture is made from, the UV rays of the sun can fade the material or darken it. You can protect your furniture by applying a sealant such as varnish, lacquer or oil/wax. Each sealant works differently, with oil or wax being the quickest and easiest to apply, although you will need to re-apply it regularly.

Water-based varnish, which comes in a range of finishes from matt to gloss, protects well against sunlight and dries quickly. It’s also very durable, making it a popular choice. Lacquer also goes a long way to protect your furniture not only from the sun but also from knocks and bumps. It dries fast for long-lasting protection, but make sure you don’t use it on very soft wood or wood with a coarse grain (such as oak).

Being mindful of your furniture’s exposure to the sun is also helpful. Relocate items during the summer months (if possible) and move pieces (such as lamps and vases) around frequently to distribute the wood’s exposure to sunlight. This prevents dark or faded areas where items have been sitting.

Eliminate Cracked and Faded Leather Furniture

Leather furniture is prone to drying out, cracking and fading under the sun’s intense rays. When sun hits leather for long periods of time it causes the material’s natural oils to evaporate. You can protect your leather couch or armchair by drawing blinds or curtains, positioning it away from windows and conditioning the leather twice a year to protect it. If your leather couch has already faded slightly, using a colour restoring product can help to restore some lustre.

There is one sure-fire way to protect your furniture from this summer’s soaring temperatures and sunny days. By placing your most valuable items in storage until the sun packs its bags again for a long winter, you can ensure your most precious pieces won’t suffer any sun damage.

Whether you’re the proud owner of several pieces of antique furniture or just have some beautiful wooden tables and chairs that you don’t want to become faded in the sunshine, you can contact us at any time to find out more about our secure, low-cost self storage facilities. Your furniture will be completely safe and secure whilst also being protected from humidity and the sun’s damaging UV rays.

Handy Hints to Make Your Moving Day Go Smoothly

Whether you are moving to Norwich or elsewhere in the country, moving can be a pretty hectic affair. You have packing to be concerned about, making sure everything arrives safely, and then you have to unpack it all again. There is also often a lot of apprehension involved in moving potentially making for a stressful occasion.
With this in mind, it makes sense to prepare yourself as well as you can to help ensure everything goes as smoothly as possible. This way, you can not only help prevent problems from arising but also make sure you can deal with them if and when they arise.

Be Prepared for Delays

Things don’t always go just as we want them to. Every now and then there will be a delay, and quite often it will be completely out of our hands. We are often left with nothing to do but wait, no matter how much stuff we might have to do and no matter how frustrating it can be. While we may not always be able to do much about delays, however, we can try to limit their effect by considering the possibility of delays in our planning.

Where possible, and whether moving to Lowestoft or elsewhere, try to plan to arrive earlier than you really need to. Try and make sure that you and others are ready to leave early. If you do get everything done early and there are no delays, it means that you can get the job done and begin relaxing sooner.

Labels

Forgetting which boxes contain what can be a nightmare when it comes to moving. You can be left scrambling through a load of boxes to find what you want, and the box you need will often be the last one you look in. Use labels to clearly mark everything so you know which boxes contain what. Use particular boxes for certain categories so that you know which ones are likely to have what you want. A little time getting prepared beforehand can save you a great deal of time and inconvenience further down the line.

Find a Babysitter

Kids tend to get bored easily, while moving can also be a tiring experience for all involved. This can lead to restless or grouchy kids, which is the last thing you need when you have so much to get done. Where possible, try and arrange for a babysitter so the kids are cared for while the work is being done. An ideal solution would be to have them stay with family or friends so that they are out from under your feet altogether.

Refreshments

Moving can be hard work, making us thirsty and hungry. It can be difficult to concentrate when we are feeling tired, so some refreshments may help to get the job done faster. Some cold drinks will always help to keep us feeling invigorated, and some fruit and snacks will help keep the hunger pains away. Remember also to keep a kettle, mugs, sugar, tea bags and coffee where they are easily accessed. There’s nothing quite like a well-deserved cuppa after a long journey on th

Keeping Your Fragile Valuables Safe When Moving

Moving home can really be quite a headache with so many different things to plan. Transportation needs to be arranged and people hired for extra muscle. The kids will likely need a babysitter and you might also need to book some time off work. Among the most important things of all, though, is making sure that your personal belongings arrive at their destination in one piece.
With fragile items often involved, this can be a lot harder than it might first appear. Follow some straight-forward tips, though, and you are well on your way to having everything arrive intact, whether your destination is Beccles or anywhere else.

Hire a Trustworthy Removal Company

A professional and trustworthy removal company in The Waveney Valley or anywhere else will have the experience and know-how to get your items to their destination in one piece. They will be able to give advice on how everything should be prepared, and they will also have the equipment to make sure the job gets done right.
Another very important factor is that the removal staff take due care in moving your possessions and treat them as though they are their own. Try to do it on the cheap with a company that does not have a good reputation and you could end up paying out a lot more overall.

Protective Wrapping

Even the best of suspension systems won’t make for a completely smooth ride on the roads. Boxes are also likely to be bumped into when carried and the occasional slip is bound to happen at some point. One way to help prevent these bumps and knocks from causing damage is to wrap the items in a protective wrapping. Something like bubble-wrap is ideal for helping to absorb the impact, leaving the fragile goods inside unharmed.
If you can’t get hold of any bubble-wrap then you probably already have an excellent alternative somewhere in your home: Newspaper. Crumpled up newspaper is excellent at creating padding for delicate items when moving. It is also very cheap and readily available.

Reliable Storage

Ideally, we will be able to just pack everything up and move it to the new home in one go. Life doesn’t always work out as easily as we want it to, though, and you might need to find some temporary storage for your furniture and other items. Fortunately, there are plenty of options available where temporary storage is concerned. Just make sure you use a reputable service and you can be confident that your items will be safe from theft and damage.
Lots of Labels

Knowing what’s inside particular boxes can be extremely useful when it comes to keeping things safe. If a certain item contains fragile items, clearly label it as such. This will let people know to be extra careful when handling it, and also not to stack other items on top. It also makes things a lot more convenient because you will spend less time lookin

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.