What kind of businesses can use self storage?

Calling all businesses! You can all utilize self storage in some way, to help your company grow and expand!

Here are just some of the types of businesses that can use self storage:

Publishers

Need to store magazines, brochures or books before you sell them? Or store excess stock? A self storage unit is perfect for this, our staff can assist with deliveries too. You can move to a larger or smaller unit if you need more space.

Contractors and tradies

Keeping your tools or equipment in your garage or vehicle can seem convenient but can come with some risks, theft being the main one. Tools of the trade can be expensive and it can set you back a lot of money to replace them suddenly, not to mention potentially losing a days’ work. If you keep everything in a storage unit, you can rest assured that your tools and equipment will be safe in our facilities.

Theatre groups

Need somewhere to store all of those sets, props and costumes? Look no further. You could even use it as a living and breathing costume department.

Online businesses

Storage facilities are perfect for online businesses. Our facilities are MPI-approved, so you can have your shipping container delivered straight there. Here’s a post we wrote about how to deal with the shipping containers. Often when you’re starting out, your inventory can grow faster than the space you’ve got available so self storage can be a real help.

Sales reps

What do you do if your office is on one side of the city and your customer base another? Can you fit all of your samples and stock into your car? Even if you can, is it worth the risk of theft? A self storage unit can be ideal. Not only does it make it easy to keep an inventory, you can come and go as often as you like and if you need more storage, you can look at getting a larger unit.

There are lots of opportunities for all sorts of businesses to utilize self storage. If you’d like to learn more about how it could work for you, give our managers a call today on 0800 58 57 56 or visit our website.

 

Keeping your items safe in storage

We’ve talked before about how secure and safe our storage facilities are, but another thing that’s important to consider is how to store things carefully, in order to protect them for the duration of the lease.

Before storage

We always say, as a general rule you should put everything into boxes and anything that will not fit into boxes should be covered. Boxes should be filled to capacity but not overfilled; partially full or bulging boxes may tip or collapse. We sell boxes and a whole range of other packing supplies at each of our facilities.

Another key thing to bear in mind is that your belongings aren’t automatically covered by insurance if you use self storage, you’ll need to check whether your items are covered by your home contents insurance if you take the items away from home (some insurance companies cover this but not all), if they aren’t, we recommend taking out separate insurance – ours is from NZI and costs as little as a cup of coffee per month. You can read more about this in an earlier post.

If you’re moving boxes and furniture into self storage on a damp, rainy day or if you’re storing any aquatic equipment, it’s really important to dry all of the items thoroughly before leaving them in your storage unit. Otherwise, regardless of whether you use our recommended furniture or mattress covers, you could encourage mould or mildew to develop on the items. Another tip is to make sure that there’s enough space between the items when they’re in the unit…if you cram everything into too small a space, the air can’t flow freely.

If you’re planning to access the unit regularly, make sure that you have a large enough unit that you can access everything that you need to without risk of injury. If you’re putting items into storage that you won’t need to access until the end of your rental period, then you can maximise the height of the unit and fill up the space.

During storage

It’s a good idea to come and check on your units every few months, or at least, every change of seasons. This gives you the opportunity to check that everything is how you left it, add more or take some items away, re-tape any boxes that have become unstuck and generally make sure everything is as it should be. In the unlikely situation that you do discover any damage, go and speak to the facility managers immediately.

If you’re unsure about anything to do with the self storage process, the best thing you can do is speak to one of our managers – they’re the self storage specialists after all. Give them a call today on 0800 58 57 56 or visit our website.

A few tips for moving in with someone

Moving in together is an exciting time for many couples but it can also be a bit taxing if you don’t have a plan. Whether you’re moving into a brand new home together or one of you is moving in with the other, there are lots of potentially problematic decisions to make.

Make a plan

Discuss the logistics of the move, measure the spaces, work out what will and won’t fit in the room. It’s also a good idea to work out what you’ll keep and what you’ll get rid of in the move.

Have a clear out!

As we mentioned in an earlier blog (Our top 10 tips for moving house), it’s a great opportunity to have a clear out. Don’t hesitate to get rid of things that you haven’t used, even better, sell them and use the money to buy a takeaway on your first night or something new for the flat that you choose together.

Be sensible with duplicates

Although it can be tempting to get rid of all duplicates when you’re moving in with someone, some items can be handy to keep around. If you move into a bigger place further down the line, keeping spare furniture and mattresses etc. can be a good idea and save money. Also, although neither of you want to think about the relationship ending…it’s much easier to divide your belongings if you’ve both kept the bulk of your own.

Of course, every couple is unique and approach moving in together differently but hopefully with a bit of forward-thinking, it will go smoothly and you can focus on enjoying this next chapter together.

Our top 10 tips for moving house

We know moving can be stressful, with a seemingly endless list of things to do, so here are our top 10 tips for moving house.

  1. Get rid of anything that you don’t actually need
    • Yes, we know this sounds obvious but hoarding unused and unnecessary items is something we’re all guilty of…ask yourself, have you used it in the last six months?
  2. Set aside any items that you could sell
    • Within reason, there’s a good chance that someone might be interested in your old belongings. Whether you have time to take them to a car boot sale or, selling them on TradeMe or Facebook Market Place is easier, it’s worth a go!
  3. Research moving companies
    • Like with storage companies, there are other factors in play than just price and proximity when you’re entrusting your treasured belongings to strangers. It’s important to get it right.
    • Read reviews, go and meet the staff in person and generally make sure you feel comfortable with them.
  4. Write a ‘to do’ list
    • Again, we know this sounds obvious but there are so many things to think about when you’re moving house, organise it by date and check things off as you go along.
    • Some examples: cancelling your subscriptions, setting up a redirect for your mail, giving notice to utility companies etc.
  5. Pack a ‘Moving Day’ box/bag of useful items that you’ll need speedy access to on the day
    • Scissors, tools, bottles of water, snacks, toilet paper, hand soap, bedding, phone chargers, something to play music on etc.
    • Also pack an overnight bag, it’s unlikely that you’ll get everything unpacked on the first night so having the essentials for your first night will make everything easier.
  6. Label boxes clearly
    • Whether it’s by colour-coding, writing on the sides, stickers or tape, this will save you a lot of time in the long run and make things easier to find.
    • Load boxes from the same room together so that you can unload them all at the same time too.
  7. Pack your clothes by putting them into a bin bag while they’re still on the hangers, tuck the hanging clothes into the bag, tighten around the tops of the hanger and there you go! This way you can simply hang them up and take off the bag when you get to your new home.
  8. Protect fragile items with bubble wrap, prowrap or blankets
    • Use dish towels to protect crockery, saving space! Also pack dishes vertically rather than horizontally.
  9. Take photos of the backs of your electronic items so that it’s easier to plug everything back in when you get to your new place.
  10. Clean and defrost your fridge at least a day before you move in, the last thing you want to do is unload a damp, smelly fridge and then have to clean it again before you can use it.

At Kiwi Self Storage, we aim to make the whole storage process easy for our staff. You can buy packaging materials from all of our facilities, borrow trailers and trolleys and our staff can recommend moving companies. Give our staff a call today on 0800 58 57 56 or visit our website to make an enquiry.

Do you have any other tips? Share them here.

The Waterview Tunnel and the benefits for our customers

Work on the tunnel first began in 2013 and was completed this July. The tunnel opening was much anticipated for us at Kiwi Self Storage because of how convenient it makes travelling to and from our Mt Roskill facility.

Thanks to the tunnel, our Mt Roskill facility is now at the heart of Auckland, with excellent access for our business customers to use the motorway network north, south, west and to the airport.

Understandably, we’re delighted at how easy it is for people to access our facility but we’re not alone in our praise for the tunnel – you’ve no doubt heard countless people expressing their delight at how much shorter their journeys have been since the tunnel opened? There are also some great stories on the NZ Transport Agency website about how the tunnel has helped businesses and our fellow Aucklanders connect with their family and friends.

Here are some facts about the tunnel that you might not know…

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We mentioned earlier about the tunnel being one of the benefits for our business customers, in addition to the tunnel opening, our Mt Roskill centre is an MPI-approved transitional facility so you can unload sea containers.

If you’re interested, we’ve written about the benefits of self storage for businesses before:

Has the Waterview Tunnel opened up options for your business? If it has and you think you could benefit from renting a storage unit, give our friendly managers a call today on 0800 58 57 56 or visit our website.

 

Some more of our customer testimonials

Nothing makes us happier than helping our customers with their storage solutions. We put our customers at the heart of everything we do, and it’s great to hear that you appreciate our services.

“I appreciate all your assistance – if we need storage in the future I would definitely use you again and will refer you to others in a similar position.” – Geoff from Newlands

“Great service. 5*” – Elizabeth from Kilbirnie

“Very well organised business with very helpful staff. I will definitely make use of this service again and recommend it to others.” – Matt from North Shore

“Everything was first class, clean, tidy and easy to access. The help from staff was excellent. Thank you.” – Brian and Jill from Ellerslie

“Excellent all round service provided by Jane and Allan – wonderful and helpful managers. Fantastic. Thank you! Also Howard and Lloyd, thanks!” – Helen from Mt Roskill

“Thanks so much for the excellent service and help while storing my stuff at your place, you and your team have been awesome.” – Katrina from Newlands

“Thank you very much for your wonderful service. The time in between returning from overseas and finding a new home can be such a difficult and emotional time, yet you have made it so simple, so effortless. Thank you for your kindness and help.” – Lorena from Kilbirnie

“Very well organised business with very helpful staff. I will definitely make use of this service again and recommend it to others.” – Matt from North Shore

“Thank you for the great service you have provided over the past 5 or so years, I will easily recommend your storage facility to friends and family in the future.” – David from Ellerslie

“Carr Road Kiwi Storage has been a very convenient stop cap for me. The staff have been very helpful and the whole process has been very easy from start to finish. Thank you!” – Michael from Mt Roskill

 

Why choose Kiwi Self Storage?

We’re glad you asked! We know there are lots of options out there and it can be hard to know which storage company to go with.

As we mentioned in one of our recent posts, it can be tempting to look for the cheapest option and go with it but like with many other industries, you get what you pay for.

At Kiwi Self Storage, we make storage easy. The moment you walk into one of our facilities, our friendly managers will help you work out what size unit you need, give you a tour of the facility and let you know the benefits of storing with us.

  • Our facilities are secure
    • CCTV, electric-perimeter fencing, individually-alarmed units and coded gates
  • Our facilities are conveniently located
    • Wellington: Newlands and Kilbirnie
    • Auckland: North Shore, Ellerslie and Mt Roskill
  • Lots of different sized units
    • We’ll help you work out which is the best size for you and give you advice on how to make the most of the space
  • We have resident managers who live on site
    • They can be quick to respond should an emergency occur
    • Round-the-clock security for your facility
  • Free use of trailers and trolleys to help you move
  • We sell a wide range of packaging materials
    • Boxes, packing supplies, tape, bubble wrap and more!
  • We offer competitively-priced insurance from NZI for as little as a cup of coffee per month!
  • Our staff are storage specialists and they’re happy to help

The main thing is that you get a good feel for the facility and feel comfortable. Whether you’re storing for a short time or for longer, it’s important to look at all factors.

We know we’re biased but we’ve been in this business for over twenty years now and we strive to make the process easier for you. At Kiwi Self Storage, we put you, the customer at the heart of everything we do. Let us make storage easy for you.

Give us a call today on 0800 58 57 56 or visit our website for more information or to enquire online.