Last of the summer wine

What a busy summer we have had!

There is no end to the types of storage we have been supplying lately. We have safely secured storage of crates of wine, caravans, trailers, cars, boats, house moves and even campervans.

Wine requires careful storage and transportation, we have assisted collecting and storing wine and also taking delivery direct to our storage facilities then unloading with forklift trucks etc and storing high up out of the way until the customer either requires access to grab a few bottles or until onward dispatch is required. Being a busy distribution and delivery company as well as being storage specialists we can handle any logistical requirements with ease.

Our man with a van service continues to be popular and our customers continue to be amazed how much money they have saved using us versus a traditional removal company. We also started offering a much smaller storage space in the form of a boxed pallet for customers who wished to store smaller items that they didn't require regular access to. We can safely store these pallets on racking for short or long periods of time for exceptionally low rates.

Container storage has been so popular we temporarily ran out of containers recently so we advise that if you need container storage space to get it touch as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Uni Student Storage

The student holidays are nearly upon us and you need to work out where to put all the stuff your son or daughter has managed to accumulate!!

Here at Swindon Storage, we can help.  Box it up let us know and we can collect it and store it ready for when it's needed in the new term.

No more stacking it in the garage, hoping it won't get damaged or cluttering up the spare room hoping it no one wants to visit.

We have shelved units as well as open units so we can find the best storage solution for you.  Clean, dry and secure so no worrying that their hard work will get damp or damaged.  We can store anything for any amount of time so a fantastic option to really consider with reasonable rates so get in touch to find out more. 

We also have units ideal for this use in other areas possibly closer to your chosen university.

Man with a van

Storage solutions AND a Man with a Van!!

Take the headache out of juggling different services from different people and just use us!

Great rates, easy access storage and with our own fleet of Luton vehicles we can collect and deliver it when needed.

From smaller units to huge metal containers we can offer a competitive rate and storage solution to meet your needs.

Commercial or domestic storage welcomed.  With the option of shelved units perfect for boxed archiving taking up too much room at work. With many working from home or from smaller offices these days and needing to keep records or free up some valuable space, these units are a perfect long or short term option.

Decluttering your home albeit for getting ready to show to prospective buyers or just wanting somewhere dry and secure to keep your more sentimental belongings we can accommodate, give us a call to let us know what your storage needs are and I'm sure we can help.

Here at Swindon storage, we have a very flexible idea of storage solutions which can suit a vast range of people, from the online business person to the average Joe.  Self-secure units or vast metal containers, 2 boxes or a hundred boxes, 2 weeks to 12months, no problem - always with you in mind we are flexible to what you may need.

We currently store thousands of items for several online companies needing a base with storage and can often deliver for you or with notice, arrange for collections should it be needed.

Tips for storing your items

1. Don't just throw it in a box!  Packed carefully and you'll be surprised just how much you can store in one of our units, which in turn will keep your costs of storage lower.

2. Plan - make sure that if you are going to store items for a long time that you don't pack away something you will need in 3 days time.

3. Label the boxes and write a storage inventory. Sounds simple - By making a list of what is in each box and labelling the stored boxes you'll be able to locate at item much quicker.

4. Insurance - many household contents insurance offer cover for items stored in self-storage units like ours in Swindon. Check, it could save you money.

5. Make sure that anything you are storing has no liquids, dirt or batteries etc in them.

Gap year travelling/planning

 
The latest statistics say approx one in five young people are currently unemployed and the spiralling cost of university is putting many people off higher education. Little wonder then that gap years are growing in popularity. Here are some tips for gap year travel planning.
 
Gap year travel insurance policies were eight times more popular last year than they were in 2009. Whilst a gap year is undoubtedly a life changing opportunity to go out, travel the world and gain some new experiences, planning for a gap year can be challenging.
 
A gap year certainly isn't cheap. Research published in 2008 shows that the average gap year cost over £4,000.
 
If you plan on taking an extended gap year abroad, do you really want to keep paying rent on your property? – that would just be a waste of money. Many homeowners taking a gap year also look to rent out their home when they are away – this way they can get the mortgage covered without needing to work.
 
If you are thinking of heading off on a gap year, follow these tips on how best to plan.

Gap Year Travel Planning Tips

  • Shop around online for products like travel insurance before you go. With gap years becoming so popular there will be competition between the insurance providers for your business.
  • Use Prepaid Cards – these are widely available and good for budgeting while you are away. They are safer than carrying large amounts of cash on you, too.
  • Look into a tax refund – If you have been working before you go on a gap year you may be entitled to a tax refund – find out more from HM Revenue and Customs. 
  • Choose a high-interest savings account or even a Cash ISA savings account to save in before you go away. 
  • Take a look at anything you no longer want or need and have a car boot sale or make use of websites like eBay. 
  • Consider your storage options - if you don’t have anywhere to leave your belongings while you are away, affordable student storage is available and one of the best ways to save money while ensuring that you can come back to find all your stuff exactly as you left it.

Moving House Tips

 
Moving house can certainly be stressful, particularly if you have a lot of stuff gathered/collected and accumulated over many years. Planning ahead and help minimise any potential problems you may encounter. We give you a few house moving tips to save money and time when moving.
 
Britain spent £28 billion moving house in 2006. Read that again, twenty-eight billion pounds! While many of these costs came from home repairs in preparation for a sale, estate agents fees, legal fees and stamp duty, a considerable sum also came from the actual cost of moving too – typically removal and transport charges and any storage requirements that are often necessary when moving home.
 
For many, it was all too easy to swallow the extra costs associated with moving house during the heady days of the pre-credit crunch thanks to the booming property market, today, however, anyone moving house is looking to save every penny they can wherever possible.
 
So if you are moving house, be it into a newly purchased property or into the rented sector, follow these top tips for a successful move.
 
Plan, plan, plan ahead: Before your move make sure you write down all key dates and events as a visual reminder of what needs to be done by when. A great bit of advice is to declutter your house well before the move. Clean out that garden shed, garage, loft and the spare room. Ask yourself,  if you’ve not used something for several years, do you really need to take it with you?
 
Let people Know: You and your family will be well aware that you are moving house, but remember to let everyone else know too. That may mean a quick Facebook update to your friends, but you will also need to inform your utility companies, insurers, banks and the DVLA know too. You’ll also need to update records with doctors, dentists, schools (if you have kids) and anyone else that you can think of.
 
Storage Boxes: A good few weeks in advance of your move you could buy some moving house boxes or speak to your removal or storage company about hiring them and begin packing away non-essential items such as books, toys, clothes you won’t need and anything else that you can live without for a few weeks. If you have something that you can live without for while and you’d like it out of the way during the busy house move – for example, a piano or an antique piece of furniture – a good idea is to put it into storage until you are settled. It's a great way of avoiding any potential damage to your precious piece of furniture during the move.
 
Get by with a little help from your friends!: Save a small fortune by opting to move by yourself, instead of using a removal company. You can hire a van for a day or weekend (even with a driver thrown in) fairly cheaply and with a few willing friends, (preferably at least a few who can lift heavy items!) you can move at a fraction of the cost of hiring the professionals – you even get to lose weight in the process :)