Utilizing self storage while you’re away from home

International travel is becoming increasingly more accessible, and a lot of our customers use our self storage facilities to keep some of their belongings in while they’re away. It’s also a great way to save money while you build or search for a new home. By putting your bulky items into storage, you can look at temporarily renting a smaller place until you find your next home, rather than having to find a place that can accommodate you and all of your furniture.

Either way, whether you’re off on your OE (overseas experience), taking a sabbatical, moving or looking to rent out your home, apartment or room through a company like airbnb, self storage can be a really convenient solution for you. We have flexible rental agreements – if your trip is extended or shortened, we can accommodate, we offer hassle-free insurance from NZI and our resident managers do lock checks of all units every day to make sure that your belongings are safe.

We always recommend that people store their items properly when they rent one of our units.  This includes boxing whatever can be boxed and covering anything that can’t be, including mattresses, sofas, desks etc. with plastic covers. We sell all of these at our facilities and for more storage tips, check out our post about how to pack for storage.

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It can be daunting, packing up your life and heading overseas whether it’s for a few months or a few years. Let us ease some of your worry and look after your belongings in our clean, dry, secure facilities until you get back. We make storage easy.

If you aren’t sure where to begin with self storage, the best thing you can do is call and speak to one of our friendly managers, they’re the storage specialists and they should be able to help you make sense of it all.

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

Planning, packaging and packing

Whether you’re moving house, taking a sabbatical, starting a small business, planning to rent out your spare room on Airbnb, redecorating etc. it’s important to pack your belongings properly.

As we’ve said before, a general rule for packing is that you should put everything into boxes and anything that doesn’t fit into boxes should be covered. Even if your storage facility is clean and dry, covering up items such as mattresses and sofas ensures that they stay fresh.

Boxes should be filled to capacity but not overfilled; partially full or bulging boxes may tip or collapse. Heavy items like books and tools should be packed in smaller boxes so they are easy to handle. Packing and labeling boxes room by room makes the unpacking much easier and if you need to find something in storage you will have some idea of which carton to begin looking in.

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We like to use coloured stickers on ours – make sure you put them on the side of the box and not the top though! All you need is a selection of coloured stickers and one piece of paper which indexes which colours represent which rooms. Easy!

At Kiwi Self Storage, we’re there for you when you need us. We sell a range of sturdy cardboard boxes, padlocks, bubble wrap and wrapping paper, furniture covers and packing tape at all of our facilities, and we can advise you on how to make the most of your space.

We make storage easy.

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.

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.