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Make Home Improvements Easy with Self-Storage

Due to the Covid pandemic and subsequent lockdowns, people have spent more time at home over the past couple of years, and there has been an increase in home renovation and DIY projects as people want to improve their living (and now often work) space.

What is inevitable though is that home renovations will cause disruption to your day-to-day routine and around the home!

To help minimise disruption, the first step should be to remove everything from the area you are planning to renovate and then decide what you are going to do with these furniture and belongings. If you have the space, moving belongings into areas of your home where you are not carrying out the work is an option, however dust from renovations has a tendency to get everywhere and risk potential damage to items.

That is why many people turn to self-storage when they are carrying out renovations at home as it not only means items are stored safely well away from the work being carried out, it also frees up space in the home to focus on the renovations in hand for either yourselves or builders if you have employed them to carry out the work.

Placing items in storage will also mean less disruption to your home and life as the rest of your living or work space will be free from clutter.

With our flexible pay as you go contracts, available on a week-by-week basis, it also means if your renovation works overrun you can extend the rental period for your unit quickly and easily. Whether you are carrying out a whole house renovation or just one room, we offer a range of unit sizes from 15sq ft up to 180sq ft so there will be a storage unit that is right for you.

If you are planning some home renovation work this summer or autumn, then contact us to find out about our short-term self-storage options.

Here we Grow – Further Expanding our Self-Storage Facilities

To meet the ongoing increase in demand for our self-storage units across Hastings and St Leonards, we have been expanding the availability of storage rooms at a number of our locations.

Not only have we added mezzanine floors to some of our existing buildings to provide additional storage units, we have also constructed a large new multi-storey extension on our Masons Building at the corner of Drury Lane and Theaklen Drive in St Leonards-on-Sea. Two more floors of units at the Masons Building site are also going to be coming soon!

We have listened to customer feedback and fitted out the extra space with storage units of varying sizes to cater for demand. With six sites across Hastings and St Leonards, we offer storage units in a range of sizes from 15sq ft up to 180sq ft, so whether you want self-storage for a growing online business, a house move or for storing seasonal items, we will have a unit size that suits you! You can contact us to check the most up to date availability of our units.

All our new units come with the same benefits that customers have come to expect when renting a unit with Offerfair. There is no deposit required and we offer pay as you go short or long-term contracts, with just one weeks’ notice required when you want to vacate your unit. We offer extremely competitive rates and are one of the few storage companies in the area who are open on Sundays.

With even more units now across Hastings and St Leonards, make Offerfair your first point of contact for all your self-storage requirements.

How to Keep Items Safe in Self-Storage

Thinking about renting a storage unit, but do not know how to safely store your belongings? We have pulled together our top tips to ensure your items are stored safely and securely with us.

1) Take an inventory of any items you are storing

Before you store your items, make a list of everything you are storing. Keeping an up-to-date inventory means you know exactly what you have stored and helps prevent you searching for items you think you have mislaid or lost.

2) Wrap fragile items

If you are storing any fragile items make sure you wrap them to prevent any damages. If you are storing clothes/materials then a good tip is to wrap smaller fragile items within them. Alternatively, we sell a range of packaging materials, including bubble wrap and polythene covers, that you can purchase and collect from our premises during office hours.

3) Cover large household items

Covering larger items, such as furniture, with sheets and blankets helps to prevent dust build-up and preserves the life of then. It also helps if you disassemble large items such as beds and dining tables, as this not only saves space, it will mean they are less likely to get damaged in the move into storage.

4) Prepare electrical appliances

If you are storing any electrical appliances, then clean and dry them before covering them. If the appliance is a washer, fridge or dishwasher, leave the appliance doors slightly open to prevent mildew and moisture from building up.

5) Know what you can and cannot store

The only items we ask customers not to store at Offerfair are food items and perishable goods, combustible or flammable materials such as oil and fuel, firearms and explosives, chemical and radioactive materials, in addition to motor bikes and any other vehicles.

6) Make sure your items are insured

Our insurance covers your items up to £100, but if the value of your items in storage exceeds this amount, then we recommend you purchase your own insurance cover.

 7) Choose a secure self-storage facility

If you rent storage space with Offerfair, not only do we have full CCTV security across our premises, every unit has its own alarm. We also supply all new customers with a secure padlock meaning you have full peace of mind that your belongings are safe with us.

 

If you have any questions about keeping your items safe and secure at Offerfair, then please contact us and we will be happy to help.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Business Self-Storage

More and more businesses are using self-storage to free up space on their premises and to keep items secure. We want to help you ensure you are making your self-storage work the best for you, so here are our do’s and don’ts of business self-storage:

 

Do choose a company with units close to your business

In the world of storage, convenience is key, and one of the biggest factors to consider is location and proximity/ease of travel to your business. With six locations across Hastings and St Leonards, you will find our storage units convenient for businesses in Sussex and close to the A21.

Don’t share your key/access code

Be wise about who you share access to your unit with, and never allow someone into your unit unless you already trust them around your belongings.

Do make an inventory of what you plan to store

Making an inventory is useful for two reasons, one, it helps you determine what size unit you are going to need (check our price guide to find out what unit size is going to be right for you) and two, when you are using your unit it helps you keep organised and locate items at a later date.

Don’t store items unprotected

It is worth taking the time to properly pack and store items, to prevent any damage to them. We sell a range of packaging materials that can help with your packing.

Do organise your unit strategically

When you are organising your self-storage unit you want to ensure access is easy. You can do this by storing items and documents you are more likely to need at the front of the unit, whereas things you are going to need less frequently at the back. Do not forget to utilise the unit’s height as people often forget about storing items vertically!

Don’t forget to label your boxes

Once items are packed away it is easy to forget what you have packed and where! Use your inventory list to allocate items to boxes, then label each box with a very top level summary of what it is storing.

Do purchase insurance

At Offerfair our insurance can cover your items up to £100, but if the value of your items exceeds this amount, you will need to arrange your own insurance cover, to give you extra peace of mind that your belongings are protected.

If you have any additional questions about self-storage, then please don’t hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to help.

 

 

Self-Storage for Students – A Complete Guide

At university, it may seem like you are constantly moving – from halls of residence in the first year into shared houses in subsequent years, plus often back home to your parents in holidays, and this makes it difficult to know where to keep your belongings.

Self-storage is an option, but if you are new to self-storage and do not know what it entails, here is our guide to everything you need to know about storage for students:

Do you need self-storage?

The first question to ask yourself is do you need self-storage? Space is often limited in student accommodation, and your parents may no longer have extra storage in your old family home. It is unlikely you are going to have enough space at university to store everything you own. In addition, you will make your life a lot easier if you are not constantly transporting items between university and home. Self-storage with Offerfair offers an affordable and convenient option to store all those belongings that you do not want to part with, but will not require whilst at university.

How much self-storage will I need?

We have self-storage units ranging from 15 sq ft to 180 sq ft, and whilst the amount of space you will need will depend on how much you are looking to store, we have found most students who rent storage space with us require our 25 sq ft to 75 sq ft units.

To help you visualise how much you can store in different size units, as a guide our 25 sq ft units would store the contents of a garden shed, our 45 sq ft units store the contents of a one bedroom flat and our 75 sq ft units would fit the contents of a Luton van. If you need more help in determining what size of unit you would require, then do not hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to talk through the options.

How does Offerfair self-storage work?

Renting a self-storage unit with Offerfair could not be easier! You can reserve a unit with Offerfair by calling 01424 718 168, completing an enquiry form or sending an email. We will then confirm your booking and allocate an alarm code to enter your unit, and you can then move your items in at a time that is convenient to you during our storage opening hours.

At Offerfair we have six self-storage sites across locations in Hastings and St Leonards, so our storage units are perfect for students in Sussex and Kent, and all the way up to London, as many students take advantage of our competitive storage rates. Contact us today to talk about our student self-storage options.

How to Organise your Business Documents

Whether you are a recent start-up or a more established bigger organisation, archiving documents is a necessity for any business. From receipts to legal contracts, and outdated documents to important files, whilst some paperwork can be thrown away, some has to be kept for legal reasons.

 

Keeping on top of and organising your paperwork will also leave you with more space and less stress, and saves you time in the long run, making for a more efficient workplace. So if you have been neglecting your office archiving recently, we have put together some easy steps for you to follow:

  • Auditing

To organise your documents properly you need to first know what you are dealing with, so that means taking a thorough audit of all your paperwork and deciding what you need to  keep and what can be thrown away. Once you have established what you are going to keep, then you need to decide the best way to keep it depending on what the document is and how often you will need to access it. Some documents can be scanned and stored electronically, some need to be kept in paper format and some can be archived for long-term, but less frequent, accessibility.

  • Purging

After you audit, you should be left with a lot of paperwork that you can get rid of completely. Double check that each document has exceeded its legal and recommended retention period, and then dispose of the document. You can do this using a shredder or for highly sensitive materials, source a professional disposal company that specialises in destroying highly classified or personal information.

  • Verifying

Once you are left with the documents you are keeping, then verify how long you need to keep each document and how frequently you are likely to need to access it. Businesses often find that they legally have to keep hold of certain paperwork for a period of time but because they don’t need to access it regularly, it takes up valuable office space. This is where many organisations use self-storage to house their business documents. At Offerfair we have self-storage units in a range of sizes all offering secure and alarmed storage, ideal for archiving paperwork and freeing up space in the office.

  • Organising

To save time in future it pays to get organised with your archiving and have a comprehensive inventory system (eg by year and type of record) so you know where everything is stored.

  • Storing

Once you have organised all the items you are storing, then pack them in strong durable boxes (we can help with this as we sell a range of packaging materials). Label all your boxes clearly to avoid having to hunt around for an elusive document and then store the boxes that you will need more regular access to at the front of your storage unit.

 

At Offerfair, we work with many local businesses who use our six locations across Hastings and St Leonards to store their important office documents. Talk to us today to find out how we can help you with your business storage.

 

 

 

 

Storage Hacks – Space Saving Tips for the Home

There is often more space in the home than you may think and with some creative thinking you can make every available space of your home work with well thought-out and space-saving storage solutions.

So, whether you live in a small city centre apartment or a larger family period home, here are our top tips and ideas to help you maximise whatever space you have available.

 

 

Use fitted furniture

Making the most of all your available space is essential, especially in smaller homes, and using custom fitted furniture such as wardrobes, cupboards or drawers will help utilise all the space. Smaller gaps and oddly shaped spaces can be utilised by creating or installing custom measured furniture.

Think upwards

We often only fit shelves at a height we can reach, however that means there is a huge amount of space above those shelves up to the ceiling, which can be used for storage, particularly for items that you do not need regular access to.

Utilise the back of doors

You may already use the back of the bathroom door to hang towels, but often overlook this storage space in other rooms. There are lots of storage solutions on the market which can be used in the kitchen to house cleaning essentials or utensils, or in the bedroom to store shoes or accessories.

Use bi-fold doors

In small rooms where space is particularly limited, inward opening doors mean you have to leave valuable space behind the door for it to open, whereas bi-fold doors and their concertina design allow the wooden panels to fold up against the edge of the frame, making them ideal for larders, bathrooms and small box rooms.

Wall space is for hanging

Using wall space is a great way to maximise storage and keep things close to hand, but out of the way. Whether it’s for keys, kitchen utensils, jewellery or plants, wall hanging space is extremely versatile and convenient.

Use self-storage

All homes are filled with items that are not used regularly but the owners do not want to part with, which means they take up valuable space in the home. For those items that you want to keep but do not need access to on a daily basis, then Offerfair self-storage units can be an effective and secure alternative to store your items. Contact us today to find out more.

 

There are many more ways you can maximise the space in your home, but we hope the above tips have given you some options to consider! You will be surprised at the amount of space you might save with a few tricks. Let us know if you have any more space saving tips, and if we can help with self-storage then please contact us to talk through the options.

 

Time to get Tidying….Declutter your office for a more productive work space

The reasons for tidying and decluttering your workspace are clear – numerous studies show that a clean and organised offices makes for happier, healthier and more productive workers.

A clean and clutter-free office is the key to a productive environment, giving employees more time to do their work properly and keeps distractions at bay. However, if having to declutter your office or company desk gives you as much stress as a messy workspace, then our step-by-step guide to office decluttering is just what you need!

  • Clear and remove

The first step is to remove everything (yes every single thing!) from your office or desk, so this means removing all items on your desk, in your drawers and on your shelves. Now is the time to give your desk and workspace a deep clean, and don’t forget to clean your computer and keyboard and mouse as these can be a breeding ground for germs!

  • Sort and assess

Now that all your items have been removed, it is time to sort and assess what you are going to do with each. We recommend sorting items into three piles:

  1. Keep
  2. Archive
  • Throw

Put items that you use frequently in the ‘keep’ pile. In the ‘archive’ pile put any files, documents and possibly equipment that you will need again at some point but do not require on a regular basis. If space is limited in your office, then consider renting self-storage space with us in one of our secure storage units. The ‘throw’ pile should include all the items you no longer use or need.

  • Rearrange and organise

Before putting back all the items you are keeping, spend time thinking about the layout of your desk and then rearranging everything so that things you frequently use are kept close to you, and items you do not need on a daily basis are put in drawer and shelves, keeping your main workspace clutter-free.

  • Divide and conquer

Use dividers, shelves, cabinets and other storage solutions to ensure everything is stored efficiently and effectively. This will mean you avoid messy piles of paper and documents on your desk, and it also means that you can easily find any items you are looking for.

  • Little and often

Once you have decluttered and reorganised your workspace, the best way to keep on top of it is to declutter little and often – spending a few minutes at the end of the working day will mean you start the following day with a clean, tidy and productive work area.

 

Many local businesses find self-storage is useful to archive all items and store equipment that don’t need on a day-to-day basis, giving them the reassurance they are kept safe and secure and close to hand when they do. Contact us to discuss our self-storage solutions for local businesses.

Our Handy Self-Storage Price Guide

At Offerfair you only pay for the storage space you need, so the size of your unit and the price you pay will depend on what you plan to store.

We know that sometimes our customers struggle to work out what size storage unit they require and a lot of people are surprised at how much they can actually fit into even the smaller self-storage unit!

We have tried to make it easier for our customers by pulling together the guide on our Pricing Page which helps with visualising what you can store in each of our different unit sizes.

For example, our small size unit at 15sq ft can comfortably fit the contents of a standard wardrobe – perfect if you just want to temporarily store some items from one room at home.

If you have more items to store, our 30sq ft units will house the contents of two car loads, and one of our most popular size units at 50sq ft can store the contents of a transit van.

If you are planning on a house move or major home refurbishment and are looking for larger storage, we have units up to 180sq ft. If you want to store the contents of a 2 bedroom flat, then our 90sq ft unit is the perfect size, and if you need more storage space our 160sq ft unit will house the contents of a 4 bedroom house.

We hope this helps, but if you are still not quite sure what size self-storage unit you require, then please contact us and we will talk you through the available options at our six sites across Hastings and St Leonards.

Benefits of Renting a Self-Storage Unit for Business Use

Whilst many larger businesses may have their own storage facilities, a lot of smaller businesses find they need more space than they currently have. Renting commercial space is often cost-prohibitive for smaller companies and start-ups, or they are reluctant to commit to long rental leases during uncertain trading times.

This is where self-storage facilities can be a viable option for many types of businesses, as they offer the convenience and flexibility that traditional commercial space cannot.

We rent out self-storage units to a wide range of local businesses who recognise the benefits that self-storage can offer their business:

Convenient and Flexible

Self-storage provides a much more flexible option for storage as, at Offerfair, we don’t believe in lengthy contracts and so rent out our storage units for a minimum period of only four weeks and ask for just seven days’ notice to vacate. We also allow customers the flexibility to increase or reduce the size of their storage unit, which can be useful at key seasonal retail trading times or when the opportunity is available to purchase stock in bulk at attractive prices.

Easy Business Expansion

More and more start-ups and online businesses are also finding they need storage space for stock, yet, especially in these uncertain trading times, can’t or don’t want to commit to long-term commercial premises for storage. With an Offerfair self-storage unit, it is easy to expand the size of your storage space, but without the commitment of a longer-term commercial lease.

Safety and Security

We have six self-storage facilities across three locations in Hastings and St Leonards which are all fully secure and alarmed with CCTV coverage across the sites, meaning our customers can be completely confident that any stock or business archives they store with us will be safe whilst they rent storage space through us.

Cost-Effective

Self-storage is not only cheaper than renting long-term commercial premises, it is also free from other financial outgoings such as business rates and utilities bills. Our self-storage unit are some of the most cost-effective in the area, starting at just £9.50 per week (for a 15sq ft unit), and we have unit sizes ranging from 15sq ft – 180 sq ft. You can view our full price list here, so whatever your business may want to store, we will have a unit that suits your needs.

 

If we can help with your company’s self-storage requirements, then contact us today to talk through your options.

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