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.

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.

Utilising self storage for business

As you know, self storage isn’t just a great option for domestic use. Increasing numbers of businesses use self storage for lots of different reasons. In fact, around 25% of our customers are businesses!

All sorts of businesses can utilise self storage in some way. Here are some of the most common uses.

Document storage

Self storage units are a great way to store your archived documents. Free up space in your office and have access to your archived files whenever you need. All of our units are clean, dry and individually alarmed so your documents will be safe.

Import/Export

Most of our centres have MPI-approved transitional facilities for unloading sea containers so you can buy and store in bulk. If your operation is smaller, you can use the storage space to ‘pick and pack’, our friendly managers can assist with deliveries if you need.

Tool/equipment storage

If you’re a tradesman, your tools are crucial to your trade. By keeping them in a self storage unit rather than your van or garage, you can rest assured that they are safe and secure. We know how costly replacing tools and equipment can be, remove the risk by storing it with us.

Startups and small businesses

Renting office space can be expensive, especially if you have lots of products to store, taking up valuable space. By keeping your bulk bought or created products in a storage unit, you can maximise the space you have. Also, if you’re starting a small business from home, self storage can prevent this taking over your whole house.

Our rental agreements are flexible, you can upgrade or downgrade your unit size to meet the changing needs of your business and most importantly, your products will be safe and secure in our facilities.

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

Some of our customer testimonials

We love hearing from happy customers! Here are just some of our customer testimonials!

“Excellent customer service!!! Very clean and organised space. Well located place. I strongly reccommend!” – Bruno Assoni

“Friendly helpful staff, good premises.” – Simon Gould-Thorpe

“I’ve had storage units for 20+ years and been with most of them (various groups). Kiwi Self Storage are by far the best. Exceptional service and never any dramas.” – Aleki Bon

“This team are fantastic, they were informative, they helped me understand what I needed when I had to increase my storage. When it came time to move out, they could tell me what size truck and referred me to a team who could help me with the move. Super stars, can’t think more highly of them :-)” – Rebecca Brown

“We had three storage units over a number of months. What made the experience fantastic? We were treated as people and called by our names rather than our unit numbers. People live onsite and the Police Station is down the road! Finally after months, not any mildew or mold on anything. Thank you to all concerned. Moving Made Easy NZ.” – Brynce Owen

“Really helpful staff, great location.” – Ryan Watkinson

“I have used Kiwi Storage North Shore 3 times personally now and recommended it to family members who have also used. It’s a fantastic set up with 24 hr secure access, easy to locate units and access them, ladders and trolleys available, and close to the motorway. Highly recommend.” – Sarah-Anne Jackson

“Can’t speak highly enough of the professionalism of the Team in Ellerslie and also the impeccable storage facilities. I certainly would recommend them and wouldn’t hesitate in using your facilities again” – Michele Bain

“My husband and I recently had occasion to store our car at the Kilbirnie facility. Our experience with the staff and management there was truly a pleasure. We primarily corresponded with Simon Romanos who could not have been more communicative, friendly, helpful, and supportive. Simon, Greg, Alex and the management were all terrific to work with. We would recommend this facility to anyone.” – Sally Powell

“Great customer service, fast turnaround, they were super helpful. I’d recommend them to anyone.” – Michele Konrad

“We stored our household items with Kiwi Self Storage for 15 months, while moving overseas. Allan from Kiwi storage, went really out of his way. He gave me a hand with a trip to the dump, provided access to the storage facilities to other people while we were overseas. He responded promptly to e-mails and adjusted the storage terms to our fairly fluid plans. I highly recommend Allan and Kiwi Self Storage to look after you, while you are moving overseas where things could change and you need someone to be flexible and helpful back in New Zealand.” – Sebastian Ziemke

If you’re thinking about self storage, our friendly managers are just at the other end of the phone. Give them a call today on 0800 58 57 56 or fill out a short enquiry form on our website and they’ll call you back. We make storage easy.

Self storage for businesses

Most people are aware of the benefits of using self storage for residential purposes, but did you know that more and more businesses have started utilizing self storage units to grow their business too?

Here are the three biggest benefits to using self storage for your business:

  1. They give you the opportunity to buy or create products in bulk without them taking over your home.
  2. The rental agreements are flexible so you can downgrade or upgrade your space easily as your business evolves.
  3. Self storage units are conveniently located and secure.

At Kiwi Self Storage, we can help with deliveries and we also have transitional facilities in both Auckland and Wellington so you can unload containers. That plus free use of trolleys and trailers, on-site managers and lots of experience helping small- and medium-sized businesses makes it easy.

To find out more, visit our website or call our friendly managers today on 0800 58 57 56.

Real life ‘Storage Wars’

As you might have learned from the popular US show, Storage Wars, when people are very overdue on their payments, their units are put up for auction. Potential bidders decide whether or not to buy, based on what they can see from a photo/a short amount of time looking  into the unit from outside – no touching/moving things out of the way allowed.

Now, it’s not quite like that in real life but there have been some quite extraordinary items discovered in storage units around the world.

Here are our top three:

The submarine car from The Spy Who Loved Me

This car was found in a storage container bought by a man who had never actually seen any James Bond films in his life. Apparently eight versions of the car appear in the film but until that point, only seven could be accounted for. It was later bought by Tesla founder, Elon Musk for almost $1m.

A NASA countdown clock and rocket

These items were actually found by two of the Auction Hunters in Miami. They met with a space memorabilia expert to authenticate the items before reselling them.

Celebrities’ belongings

From Aretha Franklin’s clothes to Burt Reynolds’ film memorabilia, and Nicholas Cage’s stolen first edition of the Superman comic to unheard Michael Jackson songs, sometimes you can find all sorts of treasures hidden in self storage units.