Questions to ask when choosing a self-storage service

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Self-storage is becoming widely used for storage solutions. It’s ideal for anyone moving home or simply looking to create more space in their offices or home. What’s great about the self-storage is they are generally accessible 24 hours for customers. However, each company’s terms and services may vary. Before hiring a self-storage space, you may want to ask the following questions to ensure you pick the right company suited for your needs.

What security do you have installed?

Find out the level of security in place. There have been a few reports regarding thefts from existing customers who have access to the building and have broken through the padlocks of other storerooms. The right company should be equipped with security cameras, cylinder locks and a security guard to prevent burglars and thefts.

What items do you accept?

Companies will have different rules on what can and can’t be stored. Before signing up, it’s important to ask what items they will accept and what items are unacceptable. Generally, most companies allow items like furniture, clothing, office equipment, automobiles, electrics and many others.

What sizes of units do you have available?

Units will come in different size and pricing. Find out the size of units they have available and compare the prices. To find out how much space you need, you can put everything into boxes to get an idea of the size you need.

What contract do you have?

Another critical factor is to find out about their contracts. Most self-storage contracts will require you to put an upfront deposit. Deposits are usually returned after the end of the contract as long as space has been maintained without damages. Depending on how long you’re looking to use the storage space, you may request for short-term or long-term contracts. If you’re only looking to hire the space for a few weeks, you may want to go for monthly rolling contracts.

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Factors to consider before hiring a self-storage space

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Self-storage space is perfect for anyone who’s looking to move out or need room to store some of their items.  Self-storage spaces are also popular for business owners. If it’s your first time hiring a self-storage space, there are a few factors that you need to consider. We’ve listed some of the things you need to keep in mind before hiring a self-storage space.

Insurance
It’s highly critical to have insurance in place to protect your belongings. Some storage companies may already have insurance added on your package. It’s best to double check this beforehand. Sometimes they may even recommend an insurance company for you. However, if you’re on a budget, it’s worth looking for a cheaper insurance company.

Hidden fees
Most rental companies will request for an upfront deposit which is later returned after the contract has finished. Deposits are only returned when the unit has been left undamaged and still intact. Before signing up for a contract, make sure to ask about any hidden fees that they may charge you while you’re hiring the space.

Locks
Find a strong padlock that cannot be broken by bolt cutters. If you’re unable to find one, you can ask the staffs to recommend you one.

Van or truck hire
If you’re storing many items or a large item, you may need to hire a van or a truck. A truck is ideal for larger items. However, if you’re only moving a few boxes, a van would be perfect.

Payment
Find out their payments plan. Companies may want your payment weekly or monthly. You can also pay in advance if you wish to hire the space for a long-term contract.

Security
If you’re storing high-value items, it’s important to find a company that has a robust security system in place. A secured storage company should have digital security, electronic gates and security patrols.

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Moving to Cardiff

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Cardiff is a great place to live. Not only is it the capital of, and largest city in Wales, it’s a multicultural cosmopolitan with a rich history to explore and a wide range of activities to get involved in. Located towards the centre of southern UK, it is an excellent city for easy access to nearby Bristol and Bath as well as the West Midlands. There is also convenient road and rail access to London and Birmingham, making it a great place to live if you wish to commute to work.

As you’d expect from a capital city, Cardiff is filled with a great selection of shopping centers and restaurants. The café quarter is a particularly popular place to eat out in Cardiff, and is definitely worth a visit. For entertainment, why not visit one of the many museums or entertainment venues. From the Principality Stadium to the Wales Millennium Centre, you’re guaranteed to find a sports or music event for all the family.

Renting a property in Cardiff can be cheaper than other UK cities, as long as you look outside the city centre. As a capital city, the prices to purchase a property can be higher, but this is balanced out by the benefits of living in such a diverse area. If you’re moving to Cardiff with a family, it offers a range of high performing schools for students of all ages. Cardiff is also a great location for developing your career in the creative industry, tourism or financial services, as these are all popular and growing industries.

Considering a temporary storage facility

When moving house, you will usually need to have completed the move by a specific date. Sometimes this can cause issues with storage, perhaps because your new home isn’t ready or there isn’t sufficient space to store all of your possessions while you unpack. Temporary storage can be an excellent solution, and finding self storage in Cardiff makes going backwards and forwards with your possessions much easier to manage.

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Choosing the best self storage company

The best self-storage company is not necessarily the one that offers the lowest price on a storage unit. You need more information about the company you plan to trust with your valuable goods than the price. This does not mean that the best company will not offer you competitive pricing (as it will), it just means that the other services the company offers may give you greater customer service, security, and peace of mind. Below are the six factors that you should consider in order to choose the best self-storage company.

1. Reputation

The best company will have a good reputation. Ask your friends and colleagues for references on the best storage company they have used. A good storage company will be able to provide references from satisfied customers or testimonials from business people who use the service.

2. Reliability

yes-980034_640You do not want to store your valuable goods with a company that may go bankrupt, has a reputation for losing goods to thieves, or cannot provide adequate references of reliability. Choose a commercial storage company that provides a consistent, reliable, and trustworthy service. It may provide cheap storage, but the premises will not look run down or ill maintained. If the facilities are well-maintained, your goods will be safe. If the gutters are blocked and leak, your goods inside the storage could sustain some water damage. If the self-storage company provides regular maintenance, you will have more peace of mind about your goods.

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Your guide to setting up a removal van company

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Like with every business, setting up your own business is not as easy as you think. It will take a lot of your time and effort to start and run a business. In this article, we’ve provided you with the step-by-step guide to setting up your removal company.

The cost

The main cost of the business will go to buying the vans itself. When choosing a van, ensure that you plan and research before purchasing one. The factors you will need to look out for is an affordable price, quality and overall presentation. When looking for an affordable price, it’s ideal to purchase one from a second-hand supplier instead of buying a brand new one which can be costly for a startup. Keep in mind that second-hand company can still provide quality with an affordable price. Lastly, ensure that the look of your van is decent as customers are more likely to trust your business just by the image of your van.

The second expenses will go to buying all your removal equipment. This includes straps, stoppers, trolleys, lifts and wheelbarrows. Each equipment will make the job much easier to carry out.

Insurance

Due to the nature of the business, you will need the three following insurance. Starting from van insurance, public liability insurance and an employer’s liability insurance. Any person who drives a van will need to be insured, this is why you need the van insurance. The public liability insurance is essential for covering any accident that occurs while carrying out the job. Customers are also more likely to trust you if they know you have insurance that can cover any incident cost. If you’re looking to expand in the future, you will need an employer’s liability insurance. The insurance will protect you against any claims that your employees may make against you.

Apply for B.A.R

The BAR stand for ‘British Association of Removers’. It is the only trading standards for removals traders. Companies are only allowed to apply if the business has been running for more than one year. Signing up for the BAR code will be ideal if you want your company to be more trustworthy.

Setting the price

Setting up your quote is something that you will learn from over the years. That’s why it’s important to find the right balance between low and high pricing. For example, if the quote is too high, fewer customers will be interested, and you’re likely to lose to your competitors who has a lower quote than you. If quoting too low, you may not reach your profit margin.

Hopefully, as the years go by, you will have a better understanding of your market and current competitors. Once you know this then you will be able to maximise your profit.

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