How self storage adds value to your home

Do you get to benefit from every room in your house? Or, like many Kiwis, is one dedicated to storing stuff you will probably never use? If so, you could be failing to capitalise on thousands of dollars. In this post, we explain why.

UK storage company Big Yellow estimates that 61% of Brits use at least one room in the home for storage. Kiwis are pretty much the same.

Now, you’re probably thinking this isn’t earth-shattering news — and it isn’t. However, what you may not realise is how much storing your surplus possessions at home is costing you.

What is the cost?

The obvious cost is you don’t get to use the room for other things. How many people do you know who cram their garages with junk and leave their cars outside? However, many Kiwis are willing to put up with the inconvenience.

It’s a different story when it comes to financial cost, though.

According to Barfoot and Thompson, the price difference in Auckland between a three- and a four-bedroom house is around $160,000.

Currently, the average mortgage rate is about 5%. So, the cost of borrowing that $160,000 works out to around $8,000 per year. That’s a heck of a lot to pay to store things you may never use!

Why self-storage makes sense

Hiring a storage unit makes more sense. This is because, depending on location, the average cost of a 1.5m x 1.5m unit is only around $100 per month or $1,200 per annum.  A 1.5m x 1.5m unit can take 50 archive boxes – or if you put in shelving it can take a room full of stuff.  Now, compare that to $8,000.

By freeing up that storage room, you can do lots of things:

  • Make money by renting it out
  • Reduce your mortgage and buy a smaller home
  • Have a games/family room
  • Decide whether you really need that old fridge or TV
  • Have your own man/woman cave
  • Finally bring your poor old car off the street.

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Is home storage costing you money?

Do you have a room dedicated to storage? At Kiwi Self Storage, we are professional, organised and make storage convenient. Take back that room and give us a call on 0800 58 57 56.

If you are selling your home, the last thing you need is clutter. Any real estate agent will advise you to get rid of your surplus belongings to create space and demonstrate your home’s full potential.

New Enterprise Units at Mt Roskill

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Kiwi Self Storage now has available brand new large storage units ranging from 30 square metres to 40 square metres at our Mount Roskill facility.  Handy to the motorway system these high stud enterprise units are ideal for commercial and trade clients wanting warehouse space that is dry, clean and secure. Lease on a monthly basis without the need for a long term commitment. Call today on 09 625 6161, email us at mtroskill@kiwiselfstorage.co.nz or visit our Mount Roskill storage centre at 4c Carr Road.

5 Ways to Save Money on Storage

Here are some ideas from Kiwi Self Storage to help you save money on storing your goods.

1 – Declutter Before You Store.

Now is a great time to think about whether you still need to keep everything in your home. Too many old magazines and books? Any old appliances you haven’t used in years?
You can save money on storage space if you clean them out.

2 – Decide Whether to Store It or Replace It Later.

Long term storage of some of your large items may not be cost effective.
Would you be better off buying a replacement refrigerator later, instead of paying for extra storage space?

3 – Rent the Smallest Space Possible.

Our staff have a lot of experience with customers shifting households small and large. Talk to them for advice on the smallest space you will need.
Don’t forget we have a free Space Calculator and a Size Guide to help you work out your needs.

4 – Stack It High.

Make the most of your storage space by packing efficiently. Shelves will save you money by letting you stack items to the ceiling.
Make sure you keep your most used goods near the front where you can access them without moving everything.

5 – Downsize your storage.

Review your storage needs regularly. Your needs might change and there might be items that you no longer want.
Our staff can help you choose a smaller unit that will save you money on storing the items that you still need.

When you’re ready to discuss your storage needs, we’re here. Give us a call on 0800 58 57 56 or visit our website.

Welcome to Kiwi Self Storage

At Kiwi Self Storage we believe in making life easy.  Whether you need a lot of storage or just a small amount, for a month or a decade, we can help you.

Our storage facilities are safe, high quality and modern with all of the features you would expect and more.

Come and visit our friendly staff to learn more about how we can take care of your storage needs.