Spring into summer with Kiwi Self Storage

As summer approaches, it’s a good idea to think about spring cleaning your unit and potentially swapping out your summer belongings for your winter ones. Put those skis away and retrieve your surfboards, store your winter clothes and rediscover your summer ones!

We recommend checking in on your belongings every so often while they’re in storage and a great opportunity to do this is during your annual spring clean.  You might also want to swap around some of your items and store other things while you’re at it.

Here are a few tips:

  1. Set achievable goals – you don’t have to get it all done in one go and you’ll be more likely to complete the task if it doesn’t seem impossible.
  2. Be disciplined – we like to use the six-month rule, if you haven’t used it/worn it in the last six months, throw it away or if that seems too drastic, put it in your storage unit.
  3. Donate, recycle, reuse – If you decide to throw something away, take a moment to think about whether someone else might have use of it. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure after all.

If you aren’t currently using self storage, here are some of the benefits:

  • flexible rental periods – we won’t tie you into long contracts, our minimal rental period is one month and you just need to give us two weeks’ notice when you’re ready to leave.
  • range of unit sizes – we have a large variety of unit sizes at each of our facilities, give our friendly staff a call to find out which size is right for you and if there’s one available
  • strong security measures in place – at Kiwi Self Storage we have CCTV, electric-perimeter fencing, individually-alarmed units and resident managers living on site.
  • free use of trailers and trolleys
  • access hours – you can enter your unit(s) freely between 5am-11pm, 24 hour access is available upon application.

Even if you don’t need it long term, self storage can free up space in your home, make decorating or renovating easier, be a safe place to store seasonal items, give you your spare room back…the list goes on and on because there are lots of benefits to self storage.

If you’re unsure where to start, give our staff a call on 0800 58 57 56 or visit our website for more information.

Keeping your items safe in storage

We’ve talked before about how secure and safe our storage facilities are, but another thing that’s important to consider is how to store things carefully, in order to protect them for the duration of the lease.

Before storage

We always say, as a general rule you should put everything into boxes and anything that will not fit into boxes should be covered. Boxes should be filled to capacity but not overfilled; partially full or bulging boxes may tip or collapse. We sell boxes and a whole range of other packing supplies at each of our facilities.

Another key thing to bear in mind is that your belongings aren’t automatically covered by insurance if you use self storage, you’ll need to check whether your items are covered by your home contents insurance if you take the items away from home (some insurance companies cover this but not all), if they aren’t, we recommend taking out separate insurance – ours is from NZI and costs as little as a cup of coffee per month. You can read more about this in an earlier post.

If you’re moving boxes and furniture into self storage on a damp, rainy day or if you’re storing any aquatic equipment, it’s really important to dry all of the items thoroughly before leaving them in your storage unit. Otherwise, regardless of whether you use our recommended furniture or mattress covers, you could encourage mould or mildew to develop on the items. Another tip is to make sure that there’s enough space between the items when they’re in the unit…if you cram everything into too small a space, the air can’t flow freely.

If you’re planning to access the unit regularly, make sure that you have a large enough unit that you can access everything that you need to without risk of injury. If you’re putting items into storage that you won’t need to access until the end of your rental period, then you can maximise the height of the unit and fill up the space.

During storage

It’s a good idea to come and check on your units every few months, or at least, every change of seasons. This gives you the opportunity to check that everything is how you left it, add more or take some items away, re-tape any boxes that have become unstuck and generally make sure everything is as it should be. In the unlikely situation that you do discover any damage, go and speak to the facility managers immediately.

If you’re unsure about anything to do with the self storage process, the best thing you can do is speak to one of our managers – they’re the self storage specialists after all. Give them a call today on 0800 58 57 56 or visit our website.

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.

5 things to consider when you’re looking for storage

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.

 

 

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.