Friday, July 30, 2021

4 Pest Control Tips That Guarantee a Longer Lifespan for your Stored Belongings

Pests are unwelcome guests that keep turning up on our doorsteps. People go through a whole lot to store their belongings away from pests and insects, and unfavourable environmental factors. But in some instances, you might have quite a lot on your plate that you may forget to do the needful to store your belongings properly.

To help you ensure your goods are stored properly all the time, we’ve put together a short checklist that you can use to quickly assess how well you’ve stored your belongings.

 

Prepare Containers and the Surroundings

The first thing you’d want to ensure is that your belongings are stored in a place that’s impervious to pests and rodents. If the storage unit has a history of infestation, you should consider using plastic, glass, or ceramic containers to store the goods and also to spray the area. You can call in pest removal services to help you spray the area more thoroughly.

The containers you use should be airtight and watertight to guard against mould-buildup inside them. You should also check for cracks on the containers and storage unit to ensure that there are no openings where pests can penetrate.

 

Know the Best Conditions to Store Everything

Have you stored each article in the best possible way? That would require you to know what is the most ideal environmental condition to store each item and how long you can store them away. For perishable goods, you need a cool dry environment plus extra protection against rodents and insects because they’re highly attractive to pests. Items like newspapers, magazines, and old clothing also attract rodents, so you need to store these in air-tight containers.

Things like mould and dirt can also draw pests to your storage unit. You need to ensure that there are no mould buildups or dirt anywhere around the stored goods, whether on the container or in the self-storage unit.

 

Prepare your Items

You can also try storing items that are attractive to pests in vacuum bags. Besides protecting them from pests, these containers also help you keep out moisture, which creates a conducive environment for pests and insects. Also, you need to clean up other items thoroughly to ensure that they don’t carry stains or food particles that could draw in pests. When cleaning furniture to be stored away, scour through all the nooks and crannies to get rid of any food particles or moisture that might be stuck in them. If you’re storing expensive furniture, it could be worth paying to have it cleaned by professionals.

 

Choose a Storage Facility with Pest Control Measures

Use a storage facility with top-notch pest control measures. When choosing a storage facility, ask about their pest control measure and also check around for reviews from old customers. Ask about:

  • Proper drainages around the storage units
  • Proper waste management system
  • Contracts with pest removal services for regular inspection and treatment of the storage units.


 

 

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

4 ways self-storage units can give your business an edge in the post-pandemic world

The world is roaring back on track towards progress and prosperity as we are gradually leaving behind the pandemic. More growth opportunities are opening up on the horizon across industries.

Self-storage units can help position businesses in the post-pandemic world. By providing cost-effective functional spaces, self-storage can help you save cost, boost productivity and enhance creativity, and heighten the sense of security in your workplace.

Here are some of the best ways to explore self-storage units for your business in the post-pandemic world:

Better-Organised Office Space

The pandemic has raised the general sensitivity towards our health and environment in our society. Now more than ever, people want to stay and work in clean, healthy environments.

Got paperwork piled up to the ceiling across your offices? Perhaps it’s high time you set up an archive in a self-storage unit to free up vital space. By providing you with cost-effective extra space to clear out clutter from your office, self-storage can help raise your reputation and the level of confidence around your workplace.

What’s more, better organisation enhances access efficiency around your office, enabling you and your workers to find items more easily.

Enhanced Flexibility

Many uncertainties that loomed large during the pandemic have been put to bed. But businesses still face many unforeseen changes going forward.

However, self-storage options give you the flexibility to quickly adapt to future changes. From excess inventory to downsizing and temporary dispatch services, a self-storage unit can help you improvise solutions for just about any logistics and storage challenge.

Self-storage units often come with flexible plans, allowing you to increase or reduce your storage space depending on your current needs. Some self-storage facilities allow you to expand or reduce the size of your storage unit as desired within your initial contracted period (meaning you don’t have to wait for the current contract to expire or to sign up for a new one to change your storage size).

Enhanced Productivity and Creativity with Reduced Costs

To raise productivity and creativity in your workplace, you need to provide ample space for experiments. Studies show that self-storage units can help you save thousands compared to commercial and retail spaces.

As such, self-storage units give you much greater flexibility to experiment and expand compared to commercial spaces. You can easily set up a wide range of functional space for your business using self-storage, from distribution centres to meeting venues, storage for extra inventories, etc.

Enhanced Security

More businesses are now securing important possessions to highly secure self-storage facilities. Top-notch storage facilities are studded with state-of-the-art security features like 24/7 video surveillance systems, electronic locks, individual unit alarms, and lots more.

You can secure various assets in a self-storage facility, from paper assets to inventories, equipment, and company fleets.

As such, you can enjoy more peace of mind securing your items in a cost-efficient, highly fortified self-storage unit.

Sunday, May 30, 2021

5 Essential Tips for Hiring a Removalist

 




Moving can split your attention in every direction. To help free up your precious time and energy for other important tasks, expert removalists offer well-rounded services that enable a sweat-less packing and moving process. Removalists can help avoid all the upheavals and errors that might end up causing dents or damages to your belongings.

If you don’t have a reliable removalist in your phonebook and have no prior experience with hiring one, we’ve put together this guide to help you hire the best removalist service. 

 

Go for Experienced Hands

You’d want stable, trained hands to handle your precious belongings. You’ll most likely be better off with a removalist service that has a proven track record. Ideally, it should be a company with a strong local presence that’s familiar with the location and unique moving challenges of your area.

Check for the company’s customer satisfaction rating. You should choose a company that’s not only old but also has a good reputation with great reviews from many satisfied customers. The company’s customer reviews will also help give you a good idea of how it handles issues like broken items or missing items.

 

Inform Your Mover About Everything

Make sure your mover gets the correct details of all the belongings you want to move – the number of boxes, frail items that need special attention, etc. This will help you avoid any additional costs down the line.

Some removalist service providers offer free inspection calls to make in-person assessments of your belongings as the setting of the location.

Nonetheless, it’s always important to inventory your belongings thoroughly and check the conditions of all the items before and after the move.

 

Check for The Deposit Amount

Most removalist services will ask you to make an advance payment to secure your deal. But beware of those that ask for a large part of the total sum upfront. 

 

Read Thoroughly Through The Terms and Conditions

You should have a written agreement that addresses things like the pickup and delivery time and place, and liabilities. Ask the company about their insurance policy. Reputable companies offer some sort of insurance plans to bear liability for goods lost or damaged under their care. Also, you can ask your removalists for other special considerations depending on your unique needs.

 

Minimise Costs as Much as Possible

It’s also advisable to do the little you can to save up on costs when hiring a removalist. You can pack up and unpack on your own or with friends and family, and let the removalists handle just the loading and moving.


We Can Help!

Contact your nearest Storage King location and our Storage Consultants can assist in providing a local recommended removalist to help you with the move. We can also help equip you with the right boxes and packing materials which are viewable online or in-store.

Friday, April 30, 2021

The Best Ways To Preserve Your Stored Items All-year Round

To preserve your stored items for future use, it’s imperative to give them adequate protection from the elements. Whether you’re storing for the short or long term, you want to make sure that your belongings are always in tip-top shape when retrieving them.

Here are some crucial tips for protecting your stored belongings against the elements.

Remove Moisture with a Regular Deep Clean

Wipe all surfaces regularly with clean dry cloth to remove dust, mildew, and spillages so they don’t can stick around long enough to cause damage.

Elevate With Shelving or Pallets

Use shelving or pallets to lift your belongings off the ground to protect them from floor moisture. Pallets can be moved around, promoting accessibility in your storage unit.

Assess the Nature of All our Stored Items

Some of your belongings might have unique storage needs to deal with exposure to the elements. For some items like heavy furniture, simple wrapping materials like storage covers and bubble wraps can offer enough protection from dust and even spillages. But some items might need a vacuumed container or a water-proof wrapper to stay in tip-top shape.

Use Storage Covers, Bubble Wrap and Vacuum Storage Bags

You may be tempted to leave some things lying around in the open. But you shouldn’t take chances. If there is a spillage of some kind, then insects and pests may take advantage.

You never can tell what your belongings will be exposed to, so it’s always best to wrap them up to protect them for any eventuality. Use storage covers, wrapping sheet, bubble wraps, and even vacuum storage bags.

 

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

5 Convenient Storage Tips for Home Renovation

Home renovation is usually more demanding than the interior work of a new home because with the former, there are a whole lot more things to move around. From your clothes to furniture, artwork, and utensils, you need to properly put away your belongings to prevent them from collecting dust, dirt, bruises, and or worse damages.


 

However, some storage hacks can help you easily get everything out the way safely so you can carry out your kitchen remodelling, bathroom refitting, and other home renovations seamlessly. 

Remove, Declutter, and Reorganise Everything

After determining which part of the house you want to renovate, make an inventory of everything in that space. Now, organise the items on your list into categories for those that you need to dispose of, move to another room, or leave in the room.

You should also choose a central location for all the items you need to move out. Ideally, you should move them all out to the living room or any room that spares you the largest space.

Acquire the Most Suitable Storage Options

After determining what to move and where to move them to, the next thing you should consider is how to store them in their new temporary location. Ideally, you should choose packing and moving materials that’ll properly protect your belongings from the dust, fumes and debris flying from the refitting activities. You can opt for sturdier cardboard boxes and use bubble wraps and other sturdier instead of newspapers.

You should also consider movable storage solutions like rolling racks for clothing and lightweight plastic rolling bins for odds and ends. With these, it’ll be easier to move your belongings in and out of storage before and after the renovation or as deemed necessary.

If you’re running short of storage space, use vertical storage solutions like lightweight stackable bins, which allow you to store more in less space.

Use Proper Labels

You might want to avoid throwing things into random containers, and instead sort them into properly labelled ones. This will save you countless minutes of searching for specific items through a heap of random boxes. Labels will also help you keep each item in the most suitable storage unit. 

Label each container based on rooms and item categories like breakables, plastics, etc. Also, you should consider keeping containers of items you’ll need sooner closer to the entrance.

Opt for a Self-Storage Unit

Or you can avoid the inconveniences of waiting on others and help yourself to a self-storage unit. Opt for units in storage facilities that are well-secured and easily-accessible. Storage King also offers additional services to help ease the moving process, including local recommended removalists.

 

 

Thursday, February 25, 2021

How to Keep an Expedient Storage Inventory in 4 Easy Steps

Having a hard time organising your home or office with clutter everywhere? You can bring order to the chaos by taking advantage of self-storage units.

One of the best ways to maximise your self-storage unit is by keeping an inventory of your stored items. With an inventory, you’ll be able to retrieve any stored item whenever you need them, keep track of your business supplies, and also maximise every inch of the storage space. All these can add up to give you more peace of mind about your belongings.

Here are three crucial steps that’ll help you easily keep an inventory:

Choose the Right Inventory Tools

There are modern inventory tools like apps, spreadsheets, etc. that can help you easily compute your inventory. But for some people, a good-old-fashioned pen and paper make for an inventory list that’s much easier to access.

You need to choose a method of inventorying that allows you to account for as many details as possible without a hassle. You should be able to turn to your inventory list anytime to find anything from your documents, shoes and clothing, sports gear, etc.

If you’re using digital tools like Excel spreadsheets or inventory apps like MyStuff2Pro or Memento Database, it’s advisable to have a hard copy of the inventories handy so you can access it offline or without any device. 

Create Your List

Now, you need to take stock of everything that’ll go into the self-storage unit. These should be items you don’t need on a daily basis, archived office files, seasonal items, and long-term supplies.

After putting down the items, group them into categories and sub categories. That way, you won’t have to scour through a long list every time you need to find something. You can simply navigate to the category or subcategory to find exactly where the items are stored much quicker. You can organise the list on a room-by-room basis or based on how frequently you want to access the items.

Organise Your Storage Unit 

Use your inventory list as a guide to organising your self-storage. And while packing, take all the time you need and use the right packing tools and materials to avoid damaging your items. Store archived files in cardboard boxes or plastic bins, wrap frail items like artwork, breakables, etc. in bubble wraps or other types of wrapping sheets. It’s also very important to labels the boxes and wrapping sheets appropriately.

Store the items you’ll need sooner closer to the doorway and create an aisle that’ll help you easily reach the back of the unit.

Create a Map

You can complement your inventory with a visual rendition of your storage unit. Create a storage map capturing as many details as possible of your storage unit. That way, you can simply glance through the map and know exactly where to look for any item. The map can be a simple 1D or 2D diagram showing the layout of the storage unit and its various sections and compartments.

With these organising tips, finding any of your stored items will be a piece of cake at all times.

Saturday, January 30, 2021

Talking tech: Keyless access and the future of self-storage security

Whether it’s in cars, homes, workplaces or storage facilities, keyless access is fast becoming the new gold standard in convenience and security. As mobile technology improves and people become increasingly aware of the benefits of hygienic touch-free options, innovative companies are turning to digital solutions such as contactless smartphone access. 

For these reasons and more, Storage King recently launched Smart Key, the security system that allows people to seamlessly access their storage unit using just their smartphone. We spoke to Area Manager Paul Hearne about how this new technology is working in some of his facilities. Here’s what he had to say. 

So what exactly is ‘Storage King Smart Key’?

In a nutshell, it’s the security system that allows people to access their storage unit using their smartphone. The more technical description is that it’s a cloud-based, Bluetooth enabled digital key management system. Regardless of what you call it, it means you don’t need keys, PIN codes or access cards to get into your unit. 

What opportunities does this technology open up for your customers? 

It offers a lot more than just easy, contactless access. The app allows you to track, monitor and report on all your unit activity – how often it’s accessed, exactly what time it’s opened, even changes in internal temperature. This is particularly useful to business clients who use their units for commercial purposes. 

Another key capability is what we’re calling digital key sharing. Since there’s no physical keys, you now use a digital key. And you can use the app to determine exactly how you want this key to be shared. So if your mate asks to borrow your golf clubs but they are in storage, all you do is share your digital key with them and they can pick up the clubs themselves then drop them back to your unit afterwards. This of course also has endless applications for commercial tenants. We have a lot of tradies, for example, who need to give their contractors temporary access to their storage unit. The best thing is you can revoke their digital key immediately, as well as monitor the activity, so it’s a really secure way to share unit access. It also opens a whole lot of opportunities for facilities to offer services like pickup, delivery and moving. 

Tell us a bit more about the actual technology

The digital keys work via Bluetooth, which means you can access the units using any Bluetooth enabled smartphone or device. The digital “locks” are installed next to each unit’s door. Each lock features water-resistant metal and hardened plastic faceplate with LED lights, motion and touch sensors. Wave your digital key over the top and the unit automatically unlocks. 

There are also motion sensors both inside and outside the unit and infrared-based technology that’s sensitive to changes in temperature. These sensors recognise immediate temperature changes and send a notification to the owner, so you can know every time someone accesses your unit. 

So it’s got a number of security benefits? 

We always pride ourselves on the security of our facilities, but having a digital record of all activity and alerts for after-hours access definitely provides that extra level of confidence. It really gives you full peace of mind that your stuff is safe and secure. 

So how can customers take advantage of this? 

Check if Storage King Smart Key is offered at your local facility. It’s currently only in a few stores, but this will increase over time. Then you just have to download the app and set up your digital key. 

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