How to stage your home for a quick sale

One of the reasons that people choose to store with us is that they’re selling their house, so we thought we’d scour the internet and round up some helpful tips for anyone staging their home.

We hope you find these useful!

  1. First impressions count – people will start evaluating your house before they even step inside so make sure the outside of your home looks welcoming too. Tidy up the garden if you have one, make sure your door is clean (i.e. doesn’t have any remnants of last year’s Halloween decorations on!) and clean your windows.
  2. Clear your home of clutter – you don’t have to throw away all of your belongings but by de-cluttering your rooms, you’ll not only make the house look tidier but you’ll make the spaces look larger.
  3. Similarly, people are interested to see how much storage you’ve got and it doesn’t look great if your cupboards and closets are filled to the brim. Aim to have about 20-30% space left in each area.
  4. Consider rearranging your furniture a bit – there’s a common misconception that by pushing all of your furniture against the walls, the room will feel larger but apparently floating them away from the walls can help the space feel more friendly and open.
  5. If you’ve got a spare room that you’re just using to store things in, consider moving those items into storage and setting the room up as an office or a reading room or something that people can envisage themselves using.
  6. Painting your room in neutral colours can help potential buyers picture what they could do with the room, it is also much easier for people to paint over neutral colours than to get rid of a bold colour – i.e. less effort for the buyers.
  7. Make sure everything works – if you have any lightbulbs that are out or clocks missing batteries, these are small things but they can look like you don’t care enough about the property to fix them.
  8. Find the balance between clean and lived in – make sure the house is clean and smells pleasant, if you have a pet, make sure to let some fresh air in – you might be used to the smell but potential buyers won’t be. Maybe invite a friend or neighbour over and see what they think.
  9. Remove any potentially controversial items and anything too personal – people like to imagine themselves in the space and this is hard to do if there are lots of family photos or anything that people might be offended by. These can take pride of place in your new home but might sway potential buyers’ minds.
  10. Fresh flowers is always a nice touch – if they’re from your garden, even better!

At Kiwi Self Storage, we offer flexible rental agreements and our minimum stay is only one month so if you need us, you know where to find us.

Call 0800 58 57 56 or visit our website for more information. We make storage easy. 

Why we support Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust

Kiwi Self Storage has been a keen and loyal supporter of Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust (ARHT) and the work that it performs since 2000, increasing our annual support to become a “Full Mission Sponsor” in 2013.

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For the past 47 years, Auckland’s Westpac Rescue Helicopters have served the people of the greater Auckland area, with an aero-medical rescue service that is second to none. From its pioneering days as a beach based rescue unit at Piha beach, on Auckland’s notorious west coast in 1970, to a fully-fledged service in 2017. The past 7 years have seen a major overhaul of the operation, with a second Helicopter added to the fleet, a second hanger in Coromandel, which opened in 2012, ED Doctors from Auckland hospital traveling on board and the ability to administer blood at the scene, which is a New Zealand first! The service covers an area stretching from Waihi in the south to as far north as Te Hana and has a catchment area of some 2 million people. Over this period, the service has completed some 19,500 accident free missions and has evolved into New Zealand’s only full time, 24 hour a day, air rescue service. The type of work that the helicopters carry out is as diverse as the geography and the people, with which it serves.

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ARHT’s aim is to continue to maintain/improve the service so that it can continue to provide the lifesaving work that it has been performing for the last 47 years! With the continued support and understanding of the Corporate and Community sectors within the region, ARHT will be able to achieve its goal, which is to provide an aero-medical rescue service that is second to none and available to Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime.

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With an average operational cost of $7,500 per rescue, ARHT relies very heavily on the Corporate & Community sectors to help fund these missions past, present and into the future.

We look forward to our continued involvement with Auckland’s Westpac Rescue Helicopters for many years to come.

The benefits of vehicle storage

Fed up of mystery scratches, missing wing mirrors, not being able to find a park near your house? Have you considered renting one at a nearby self storage facility?

Storing your vehicles at self storage facilities can be a really cost-effective way to keep them safe until you want to use them again. You can store cars, boats, trucks, vans, caravans, motor homes, jet skis, motorbikes and trailers, and rest assured they’re being protected by electric perimeter fencing, coded gates and CCTV.

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Whether for domestic or commercial use, keeping your vehicles in storage frees up space at home and most importantly, gives them another level of protection. For tradesmen and other people who keep tools and other important items in their vans overnight, the extra security that you get when you park it in a self storage facility is invaluable. You can access your vehicle as and when you need to and the rental agreements are flexible.

At Kiwi Self Storage, we offer outdoor vehicle and boat storage at all of our facilities and also indoor storage, subject to availability.

Give us a call today on 0800 58 57 56 or visit our website to find out more.

The self storage process

As self storage can be a bit daunting, we thought we’d walk you through the process from start to finish.

First things first, locate your nearest storage facility. Once you’ve found it, either give them a call or pop in and speak to the staff. After all, they’re the experts at all things self storage!

Anyway, so you’ve decided you want to put some of your belongings into storage. Do you know how much space you’ll need? If not, try using our space calculator and size guide. These will give you an idea of how much space your belongings will take up but we always recommend that you visit the facility and ask to see the units. You might be surprised at how much you can fit into the units if you store upwards or add shelving (don’t worry, our staff can advise you on that too!)

When you visit the facility and decide to go ahead with the storage rental, you’ll be asked to fill out your details and decide whether you’d like insurance. Although the chances of damage to your belongings while they’re in self storage are small, we highly advise that you take out insurance. Ours is from NZI and is really good value, tailored, on-the-spot cover with no long forms to fill in, it may cost as little as a cup of coffee per month. You can also pick up any packaging that you might need from one of our on-site shops.

Our minimum rental period is 4 weeks and you can store with us for as long as you need to. If you find that you need to upgrade to a larger unit or downgrade to a smaller one, providing there’s a unit available, this process is simple. If there isn’t one, we’ll do our best to accommodate you. Our staff are here to help make the whole process easy for you so just ask them if you have any questions.

Once the form is completed, all you need to do is move in! You can borrow our trailer or trolleys if you need help moving your belongings, then you’re all set.

We make storage easy.

Unloading a sea container

Our storage centres have Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI)-approved transitional facilities so you can unload shipping containers.

First things first, you need to check that what you’re importing meets the MPI rules and regulations. These are in place to protect our environment and our international trade relationships, so before you start, make sure you adhere to them. You can find more information about preparing to import here or try this step-by-step guide.

Did you know that MPI staff inspect close to 50,000 import consignments a year and around 20% of them fail the biosecurity requirements. If your goods do not meet the regulations, there may be a charge from the shipping company and/or the transitional facility while MPI decontaminates and inspects.

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Here are some guidelines for unloading sea containers at Kiwi Self Storage.

  1. Customers must select a unit and complete a Standard License Agreement including payment for the Unit and all other charges prior to the container arriving or entering the Storage Facility at Kiwi Self Storage. Note: we have a minimum Storage period of 1 month.
  2. Kiwi Self Storage must receive from the customer or the customers Agent, a Customs Delivery Order and or a Bio-security Authority Clearance Certificate (BA/CC), PRIOR to the container entering the Storage Centre at Kiwi Self Storage.
  3. No containers can come on site or be removed from site outside Office hours 8.30am to 6.00pm Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 4.00pm Saturday and Sunday. Storers are not permitted to give container trucks entrance or exit or the PIN number.
  4. The BA/CC form will identify if a MPI Officer is required to inspect the container and/or certain specific items. If a MPI Officer is required, the Container MUST NOT be opened until the MPI officer arrives (subject to arrangements made with MPI).
  5. Subject to 3 above, an Accredited Person (AP) must also be present when the container is opened at Kiwi Self Storage and remain onsite until signed off. NOTE: We will not permit a container to be opened unless Items 3 and 4 are complied with in full.
  6. All Accredited Persons (AP) must provide Kiwi Self Storage adequate ID of their Accreditation with MPI. The Accreditation may be confirmed by phone with MPI.
  7. Once a container has been opened and the contents inspected, the Accredited Person (AP), must complete a MPI Quarantine Service Container Log Sheet (Log Sheet), a copy of which will be held on file at Kiwi Self Storage and the original sent to MPI by the Accredited Person.
  8. Once the goods have been loaded into a storage unit the customer is to place a Padlock on the unit and keep the key.
  9. Containers are to be removed from Kiwi Self Storage as soon as possible. It is the responsibility of the customer to have the container removed from Kiwi Self Storage.
  10. Charges vary from facility to facility so if you’re interested in unloading a sea container at one of our facilities, please call your local facility and speak to one of our staff.

 

If you’d like any more information on this, do speak to our friendly managers or check out the MPI website.

 

Making the most of your storage unit

When you’re planning to rent self storage, it can be tempting to buy a bigger unit than you need – just in case. But what a lot of people don’t necessarily realise is that if you utilize the height of your unit, you can fit an incredible amount inside.

We were invited to check out a great example of this by one of our commercial customers.

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If you store upwards, you can fit a lot more into your units. If you already have an idea of space, try our handy space calculator and size guide to see what size unit we recommend. If you aren’t sure, speak to one of our friendly managers – they will be able to help you work out what you need. Another way of making the most of your space is by using shelving. We wrote about this a little while ago on the blog, read it here.

This is why it’s important to visit the storage facility and actually take a look inside the units. It makes it much easier to estimate how much space you’ll need, sometimes it’s less than you think, sometimes it’s more.

If you’re interested in visiting one of our facilities, here is the information you’ll need.

Auckland

Mt Roskill – 4c Carr Road, Mt Roskill 09 625 6161

Ellerslie – 40 Cawley Street, Ellerslie 09 525 7233

North Shore – 12 Holder Place, North Shore 09 476 4667

Wellington

Newlands – 2 Newlands Road, Newlands 04 478 4786

Kilbirnie – 165 Rongotai Road, Kilbirnie 04 387 4478

Or for more information about storage in general, visit our website.

Health and Safety at Kiwi Self Storage

At Kiwi Self Storage, we take the health and safety of our staff and customers seriously. All of our storage facilities undergo an independent Health and Safety audit each year and our staff are provided with First Aid Training.

We have also installed an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) at every Kiwi Self Storage facility, available to the local community. The use of an AED within 3-5 minutes of collapse can increase the chance of survival by up to 40% and the immediate use can increase someone’s survival by up to 80%.

Here are some of our Mt Roskill staff at their training:

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Our defibrillators are available during our office hours, which are:

Monday-Friday 8.30am – 6.00pm

Saturday-Sunday 9.00am – 4.00pm

If you’d like more information about AEDs, click here. Or to locate your nearest AED, visit AED locations.