Spring into summer with Kiwi Self Storage

As summer approaches, it’s a good idea to think about spring cleaning your unit and potentially swapping out your summer belongings for your winter ones. Put those skis away and retrieve your surfboards, store your winter clothes and rediscover your summer ones!

We recommend checking in on your belongings every so often while they’re in storage and a great opportunity to do this is during your annual spring clean.  You might also want to swap around some of your items and store other things while you’re at it.

Here are a few tips:

  1. Set achievable goals – you don’t have to get it all done in one go and you’ll be more likely to complete the task if it doesn’t seem impossible.
  2. Be disciplined – we like to use the six-month rule, if you haven’t used it/worn it in the last six months, throw it away or if that seems too drastic, put it in your storage unit.
  3. Donate, recycle, reuse – If you decide to throw something away, take a moment to think about whether someone else might have use of it. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure after all.

If you aren’t currently using self storage, here are some of the benefits:

  • flexible rental periods – we won’t tie you into long contracts, our minimal rental period is one month and you just need to give us two weeks’ notice when you’re ready to leave.
  • range of unit sizes – we have a large variety of unit sizes at each of our facilities, give our friendly staff a call to find out which size is right for you and if there’s one available
  • strong security measures in place – at Kiwi Self Storage we have CCTV, electric-perimeter fencing, individually-alarmed units and resident managers living on site.
  • free use of trailers and trolleys
  • access hours – you can enter your unit(s) freely between 5am-11pm, 24 hour access is available upon application.

Even if you don’t need it long term, self storage can free up space in your home, make decorating or renovating easier, be a safe place to store seasonal items, give you your spare room back…the list goes on and on because there are lots of benefits to self storage.

If you’re unsure where to start, give our staff a call on 0800 58 57 56 or visit our website for more information.

Security at Kiwi Self Storage

Let’s face it, you want to keep your belongings safe – otherwise you wouldn’t be putting them in storage. Security is one of our top priorities too and we’ve got all bases covered!

CCTV

We’ve got CCTV cameras all around our facility with live-stream screens in the main office.

Electric-perimeter fencing

These fences are a powerful anti-intruder measure and we’ve got them at all of our facilities.

Coded gates

When you sign up for self storage, you’ll be asked to choose a 5 digit pin number, which you’ll need to enter each time you visit the facility.  When you drive up to the gate, you need to enter # and then your private pin number followed by *. Only then will the alarm on your unit or units be disarmed and the gate open. There is an entry gate and exit gate and when you enter your code to open the exit gate, it will re-engage the alarms on your unit(s).

Individually-alarmed units

Every unit is alarmed and becomes disarmed when you enter your code at the gate and when you exit the facility, you are required to enter your code again. If you skip this step, when you attempt to unlock your unit, the alarm will be sounded and if this happens out of office hours, you might incur a call-out fee from our security company.

Resident managers

One of the best things about Kiwi Self Storage is our resident managers who live on site. Not only are they storage specialists, but they can be quick to respond should an emergency occur or an alarm sound.

If you like, head on down to your nearest Kiwi Self Storage facility and ask our friendly staff to show you around the facility. We advise doing this anyway so you can get an idea of the unit sizes and storage process. Call today on 0800 58 57 56 or visit our website for more information.

 

How to organise your storage unit

Depending what size unit you go for, it will save you a lot of effort in the long run if you organise your unit in a sensible way.

If you don’t need to access your boxes until you move out, then you don’t really need to worry about leaving space around the unit, though it is good to have space to allow air to flow freely. On the other hand, if you’re planning to access the unit throughout your rental period, make sure you leave enough space to move around easily and safely inside the unit.

First things first, using same-size boxes helps with stacking and accessibility. Make sure that you label all sides of the boxes too, it can be tempting to write what’s in there on the top of the box but when it’s stacked, you’ll have no idea what’s inside. Stack the heaviest boxes on the bottom and lighter ones on top. Also, don’t forget to utilize hollow spaces like wardrobes and drawer space to store smaller items. Regardless of whether you’re storing for a long time or a short time, you can store upwards to make the most of the space.

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We’ve spoken previously on the blog about including shelving in your unit to maximise space, and this is handy whether you’re storing document boxes for work or organising stock for your business.

If you want to find out more about maximising the space in your unit or organising your items, the best people to talk to are our managers. They’re storage specialists and will be able to help you find the best space for you. Give them a call today on 0800 58 57 56 or visit our website for more information.

 

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.

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