- On December 8, 2013
5 WAYS TO UNLOCK THE POTENTIAL OF SELF STORAGE IN THE UK
The world, for most people, is all about finding time, money and a space to live in. With the UK economy finally picking up as we head into the New Year, now is a great time to think about taking back the spare room from a home-run business, leading an exodus of loft junk or finally getting around to finding a new home for all those seasonally necessary odds and ends!
Self storage in the US for both business and personal use is considered to be as normal as having a garage for the car or home office to keep tabs on a family-run business. Why is it normal? Because it can offer an incredibly convenient, cheap, flexible way to permanently or temporarily access extra space away from the home or main business premises.
Here in the UK, we’re starting to see a superb trend for small-scale self storage spaces entering the market. These spaces tend to be well-secured with varying contract lengths, 24-hour access and highly customisable rental fees.
But are they really for everyone? Here are five of the most common, effective ways you could use a self storage facility.
1. FREE UP SPACE IN THE HOME
The UK property market is on the up, but it’s moving slowly. More homeowners are stuck on the property ladder and in desperate need of more space. Why not head over to a self storage unit to store seasonal items like Christmas trees or patio furniture? Or even some of the kids’ stuff now they’ve gone to university?
2. EXTRA SPACE FOR YOUR START UP
The UK is a nation of small businesses. It’s estimated the number of British small businesses increases by around 250,000 annually! Start ups are going to be a vital part of economic recovery, so why not go down the self storage route to minimise costs and test the water?
3. EXPAND YOUR BUSINESSES
Been running a small business from home? House full of stock? It’s great to see a home-run business reach the point where expansion is on the cards, and a self storage room could be answer to expand a little at a time. Short contract lengths, versatile rental agreements and a quiet place to work – sounds perfect!
4. SECURELY STORE VALUABLES AND KEEPSAKES
Love that oak sideboard you inherited but not got space for it in your current home? Self storage can be superb for providing a secure, reliable, easily accessible space for things like spare furniture and collectables.
5. MINIMISE THE STRESS OF MOVING PROPERTIES
One of the big three stressful things to suffer through in life, those moving house tend to be open to any hint, tip or nugget of wisdom that could minimise the hair tugging and anxiety involved in a big move!
A super trend we’re seeing since the arrival of low cost self storage facilities is for homeowners to gradually move items into storage over a period of weeks, move house with the few belongings left (the heavy stuff for the removals guys!) and then slowly make a start bringing things into the new home from the self storage facility without the rush and stress of getting everything – from the cutlery to the couch – moved in a single day. This is achieved by moving room sizes mid-stay, true flexibility!
To learn more contact www.flexispace .com on 0161 274 4777