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.

Looking for document storage?

Have you considered using a self storage unit to store your company archives boxes?

With the increasing costs of office rental, keeping your records and archives off site can free up space and save you a fair bit of money.

Think about it:

  • there are lots of different unit sizes available so if you suddenly find yourself in need of more space, you can upgrade
  • you can add shelving to make it easier to organise
  • all units are individually alarmed and the facilities are protected by electric-perimeter fencing, coded gates and CCTV
  • you can access your unit from 5am-11pm at our facilities but 24-7 access is available on application.
  • we have trolleys and trailers for our customers to borrow, which will make moving the boxes around easier

Give one of our friendly managers a call today on 0800 58 57 56 and find out how Kiwi Self Storage can help you with your storage solutions.

We make storage easy.

5 things to consider when you’re looking for storage

This Although it can be tempting to make your self storage decisions entirely based on price, there are other things that you should take into account.

Proximity

Whether it’s the proximity to your business or home, the location of your storage facility is important. If you’re travelling overseas, you might want to look for a facility near friends or family who you can give access to your unit if you need to retrieve anything or there are any unforeseen issues. We have a number of conveniently-located facilities in Auckland and Wellington, visit our website to find out more.

Security

Security is an important factor when choosing a facility. Our facilities are protected by electric perimeter fencing, coded gates and CCTV, all units are individually alarmed and our resident managers live on site. One of the many benefits of having resident managers is that they can be quick to respond, should an emergency occur, not every facility has resident managers – Kiwi Self Storage does.

Staff

It makes everything easier if you have a good rapport with the staff who are managing the facility. They’re the storage experts and they know the facility inside and out, but most importantly, they care about keeping your belongings safe and making the process as easy as possible for you.

Cleanliness

Ask for a tour of the facility and to look inside the units so you can see the level of cleanliness throughout. You could also ask about daily maintenance and how the units are cleaned before new customers move in.

Access

Make sure you pick a facility with access hours to suit you and your needs. At Kiwi Self Storage, you can access your unit from 5am-11pm but if you need access outside those hours, 24-hour access is available on application. Ask one of our staff for more information.

Of course price is important, but we believe that you get what you pay for. We at Kiwi Self Storage strive to make the whole storage process easier for our customers. Visit one of our facilities today and let us help you with your storage requirements.

Call us on 0800 58 57 56 or fill in a short enquiry form and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

 

 

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.