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Packing tips for a safe house move!

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There is sometimes a tendency to focus entirely on getting everything packed in the smallest number of boxes whatever the cost. Not only could this be a problem with the overall process and increase cost (see below) but you could also be putting your own health at risk. You may have professional movers to help you move the stuff n the big day, but it is likely you are going to need to move stuff around to make it accessible when you finally move. You will be doing a lot of lifting in a short period of time. Make sure you understand safe lifting principles, so you don’t do yourself a mischief! Take a look here for further info.

 

A box is more than just a box

 

Cardboard boxes have had a bit of a bad press, but as with everything, if you buy cheap expect to get what you pay for. Don’t forget the box not only needs to hold your valuables it needs to be able to withstand transit and other boxes or objects being placed upon it. Take a look at our online box supplies. Also, your average common or garden box comes in different strengths as well as sizes. A large box that is also quite weak is a problem because you may only be able to fill a portion of it before the cardboard begins to strain. Also, if the box is big and too heavy it maybe too difficult to lift. Sometimes small strong boxes are the best option.

 

Secure those flaps

 

Many boxes are designed to have interlocking flaps but this is not secure on its own and can make the box weak when moved from place to place. Always use strong quality tape to stick down open ends of the box (and the bottom)

 

Don’t have a smashing time!

 

With breakables such as glass, porcelain and crockery it is a good idea to bed the bottom of the box first of all with scrunched up paper. Cover this layer with a layer of paper and start packing your heaviest items by wrapping them well in newspaper. Between each layer of articles place a layer of scrunched up paper. At the top should be your smaller lighter items.

 

Name that box!

 

Don’t forget you need to know where everything is for easy access at any time within your self-storage unit, so label each box. Try and ensure contents of each box have some relevance to each other for easy labelling.

 

Get the right filler

 

You need filler within the boxes to prevent your valuables colliding with each other in transit and to prevent the box crushing easily. Use filler such as bubble wrap to take up that extra space. Remember only to use proper filler material as it could get into the workings of appliances.

 

Think digital safety

Protect monitors, screens, scanner glass and other fragile parts with cardboard or pieces of bubble wrap or foam and tape. Mark glass parts as fragile to avoid leaning heavy objects against them.

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Finding space for your business archive...

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There will always be a need to archive business documents. Many documents can be stored in the cloud on the computer but for various business reasons there has to be original documents in hard copy. Perhaps it is for tax purposes (invoices, receipts, communications etc), customer agreements, past transactions or confidential client information. Whatever the reason, it needs to be stored where it will not physically deteriate, it is easily accessible and most of all safe and secure.

Archiving in a small office can be inefficient and prevent business growth

As a small business grows, it becomes more and more apparent that the broom cupboard, even if it does have lock and key, is not fit for purpose. In bigger offices old documents and archives can begin to take over a huge amount of space. Cataloguing becomes random and difficult and  storage gets in the way of normal processes causing chaos. If there is insufficient storage within your organisation you may want to consider self-storage facilities in your area. Here at Need A Space in Canterbury Kent we offer storage space for both business and domestic needs. But what is the best way to store those infuriating but precious pieces of paper?

4 top tips for archiving your documents

  • Security: Check with your self-storage provider to find out what security provisions are in place. Many business documents and records are confidential and need to be private. Need A Space offer CCTV, a perimeter fence, high-security infra-red beams and state of the art alarm systems.

 

  • Label boxes. As well as easy access you need to know where each and every document is. So however short of time you may be, have a clear labelling system.

 

 

  • Office filing system: It is often useful to use an office filing system twinned with the labelling system you use at the self – storage outlet. For instance, labelling a box by a number and then put the relevant details on an excel sheet which is easily accessible in the office.

 

  • Be cost effective: Always find a self-storage unit close to your office for obvious reasons, but in some cases (especially with documents which need to be archived for long periods and do not necessarily need frequent access) consider storing outside of your location. For instance, London prices are high, but by storing down here in Kent you could make quite a saving.

 

Based in the heart of Kent, and situated on the outskirts of Faversham and Canterbury, Need A Space is conveniently located for both local county and South London clients. Looking for storage space in Faversham Canterbury or Herne Bay? To learn more about how Need A Space self-storage can help businesses in Kent and the London area click here

 

 

 

 

The Need A Space quick removals guide

removals guideNeed A Space offers more than just self-storage. Our team is well aware that many of the customers using our facilities are often going through the biggest and most stressful project of their lives. That is why, as well as offering a van for rent, we also offer a highly professional and cost-effective removals service. We want to get you there with as little stress as possible and with your budget still intact.

But we hope we can offer you great guidance as well. You can see advice about moving on the big day on the removals page on our website – but preparation needs to start long before that. So, lets look at the factors you need to have in place as you approach the big day:

  1. Pets get stressed too

How can you make it as easy as possible for them? Consider placing them in kennels or a cattery in the area where you will be located. This way they will not feel the impact of the big change so much on the big day. Also, if there are smells (toys, favourite blankets etc) in the new house from the old home – this will help them to settle in much faster.

  1. Leave the kitchen sink

This is a great time to sift through your possessions and decide what you want to keep. This does not necessarily mean you will be throwing stuff away. Consider sending valuables to charity or putting them up for sale to make an extra bit of money.

  1. Packing up

Start packing up well in advance of the moving date. The best strategy is to go through the house room by room and leave the rooms you use most (like the kitchen, bedroom and bathroom) until last. Label each box with its contents and where it will be going in the new home.

  1. I know where I’m going…

Make sure you distribute your change of address and contact details to your friends and companies who will be still offering a service at your new address. Take advantage of the Royal Mail re-location service which for a small fee will, for an agreed period, redirect post to your new address.

  1. Arrange for meter readings and service disconnections

You are going to need to disconnect fundamental supply’s such as energy and water. You may need to arrange these in advance as you do not particularly want it all to happen on the day you leave. Get your final meter readings.

  1. Think digital

If you rely on broadband and digital services make sure that they are available and can be set up easily at your new home.

  1. Organize how your stuff will be packed

Liaise with your removals company. They should come out to you, in order to get a good idea as to how much has to be moved and the type of possessions that need to be transported. For instance, some companies have a special clothes rail on board. Check out how they will transport your most vulnerable assets.

Need A Space self-storage offer removals services in the Kent area. To learn more click here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The glory of Canterbury

self-storageNeed A Space self-storage sits in the heart of arguably the most famous British county – Kent. Within easy reach of Faversham, Canterbury, the Medway towns and Herne Bay, Need A Space offers exceptional self – storage and removals services to both residents and businesses in these and surrounding areas. We never take for granted the wonderful countryside and towns around us. Many of the towns go back over 1000 years in their origins. Perhaps the most well-known is the city of Canterbury.

Go back to the 12th Century

The greatest attraction in Canterbury of course is the magnificent cathedral. The spectacular building houses many stunning features, including a Romanesque crypt, a perpendicular nave and beautiful medieval stained-glass windows. But most of all this evocative christian temple will take you back to the 12th century as you visit the resting place of Thomas Beckett. Venerated as a saint of the Catholic church, his assassination when he was the archbishop, has confirmed him as a martyr.

Shoulder to shoulder with Chaucer

One of the first great publications in the 14th century in the English language – after the invention of the printing press by Thomas Caxton – was The Canterbury Tales. Live costumed characters act out the stories or you can also take the audio guide to view first hand how the book relates to the old city.

Breathe in living history

The cobbled streets at the centre of the town reflect how the town may have looked over 400 years ago. Many of the houses are listed buildings and so are direct reminders of the Tudor and Stuart age. The main shopping routes are a mix of modern cutting-edge shops and brands and the unique “olde worlde” look which is so precious and evocative.

A night with the Bard

Drama aficionados will adore the Marlowe Theatre. Named after Christopher Marlowe, the sixteenth century playwright who was writing at the same time as Shakespeare, this is a centre for cutting edge modern plays and fabulous re-enactments of those classic plays we love so much.

Something for everyone

And there is so much to do! There is something for  all the family. From the Beaney House of Art and Knowledge to art classes at the Conquest House gallery. Are you a wine lover? Then give the Barnsole Vineyard a visit – it’s totally free. Or if you are the type who like getting out there and doing some healthy walking, look into the Barham and Adisham Walk or the Blean Woods National Nature Reserve.

Whatever you are into there is something always going on here in Canterbury – even if you just want to have a coffee in a really cool shopping centre while watching the world go by. So next time you are visiting Need A Space why not plan for a whole enjoyable day and take in the wonders of Canterbury.

 

 

 

 

Cheap London storage in the Home Counties

london storageLondon may well arguably be the commercial capital of the world but when it comes to practicing business within London – costs can quickly go through the roof. That is why Need A Space self-storage offer a much cheaper option for self-storage while at the same time offering premium security, quality and accessibility.

Cheaper self-storage in Kent

Situated in the heart of Kent (located on the outskirts of Faversham and Canterbury) Need A Space self-storage facilities are within easy reach of the London catchment area which means we can cut storage costs enormously, saving managers huge amounts on their annual budget. Just take a look at some of our facilities:

  • Over 40,000 feet of self-storage space for start-ups and SME’s, to corporate business and global enterprise
  • Free moving van. We can supply a Luton tail lift van for a whole day to help with large removals and awkward bulky goods.
  • Secure mailbox to filter business communications or create an anonymous business mailing address.
  • Clean dry self-storage units for all your business archives.
  • Flexible working hours means you can access your stored items whenever you wish.
  • Forklift truck services
  • Parking bays and convenient loading bays
  • Friendly staff available for support and advice.
  • Unbeatable security which includes, CCTV, high security infrared beams, state of the art alarm systems and perimeter fencing.

Quality archive storage and cheaper rates

Extra storage is needed only too often in modern business. Documents need to be archived and if this takes place on the main business property it can take up a great deal of useful (and high rental!) property space.

Easy access, flexible opening hours

Businesses which have a seasonal element or use valuable equipment documents and tools for a minimal part of the year will need somewhere to house that paraphernalia somewhere which is secure, and accessible.

Currently we have many business clients who are based in London and have decided to use our storage facilities here in Kent to cut down on overheads such as storage. With all the facilities such as free van hire, forklift truck services and flexible opening hours, our clients know their items will be easy to store and accessible in business hours.

To learn more about how Need A Space self-storage can help businesses in Kent and the London area click here

 

 

Stocktaking can streamline your business processes

stocktakingStocktaking on a regular basis is essential for businesses with physical products to sell. And this is not just about making sure space is used to its optimum. There are a number of reasons why this underestimated exercise can both streamline internal processes, create a much better experience for the customer and possibly even boost future sales and profits.

Take all market forces into account

To begin with good business is all about buying in stock at the right time to meet demand so an astute manager will be aware of how seasonal and other environmental changes can affect sales. To this end, taking all market forces into account stock can be bought in to meet likely demand. However, these will always just be estimates and in order to perform a good balancing act, there needs to be a track of how much cash is paced in assets. This in turn will help cash flow.

Future orders

As much as we can generally monitor demand, year in and year out, we also have to be prepared for those unexpected large orders. The kind of order that happens for no reason but is essential for the success of the company. So overall a clear idea and understanding of what products you have in stock at any one time means you will be able to order and replace stock whenever needed.

Take shelf-life into consideration

Another benefit from regular stock-taking is you will have the capacity to recognise when stock is going to waste. All stock has a shelf-life of some sort. At one end of the scale for instance there are food products with use-by and sell-by dates; at the other end of the scale you have electrical and digital products which may become redundant very quickly due to the unceasing march and progression of technology.

Use stocktaking to enhance future campaigns

Stocktaking will not only provide informed triggers and boundaries for supply it can also act as a way of prioritising stock. Once you take specifications of stock into account you can minimise wastage and also create new systems which will encourage sales of products which may not be cutting edge anymore but still be of great use to your target market (think: the latest mobile phone upgrade; older models still well through clever marketing campaigns).

Getting your team on board

If there is more than one person committing to the exercise, make sure that each employee is working to the same process. For instance, how will stock that is made up to create a master product be counted? Everyone needs the same commitment: laziness, making estimations or assumptions can sabotage the whole exercise.

Need A Space is based in Canterbury Kent and offers self-storage facilities to the London and surrounding areas such as Faversham, Medway and Herne Bay.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A short history of the beautiful town of Faversham

faversahamTraditionally, Kent is known as the garden of England. From Dartford and the Isle of Grain in the far North to the renowned seaside resorts of Margate and Ramsgate in the south, this stunning county steeped in history and culture certainly has some of the most wonderful scenes of natural beauty. Take any road, track or route throughout Kent and you will find idyllic villages and hamlets, quaint little towns which appear to have been frozen in an earlier simpler time, and cities that are known the world over. One of those towns, which Need A Space self-storage is lucky enough to be located near – is Faversham.

Faversham is one of those gorgeous rustic towns whose architecture is reminiscent of a bygone age and its walkways seem to take you deeper into to its rich exciting history. Amazingly, Faversham was first noted as early as 811 AD in a Royal Charter. It was next mentioned in the Domesday book as being in the possession of the King – William the Conqueror. Even then it had the same kind of markets which still survive today on the main street of the town on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

This little town may be gentle in appearance, but it has seen a fair amount of battles in the past as a member of the Federation of Cinque ports. It became wealthy in the Tudor period when trading developed. The guild hall which dates back to the Elizabethan era was brought up to date during the Georgian period and is now a regular meeting place for the Faversham Town council.

The manufacture of explosives was an industry which endured for centuries. The first gunpowder factories originated in the 16th century. The industry finally left the area in the 1930s, for reasons of safety culminating in the modern Shepherd Neame brewery, serving international markets. Hops were grown locally, and hop-pickers arrived every September from London to work on the ripened crop.

As it is so closely located to London, Faversham is now considered a commuter town that offers delightful country walks, pleasant shopping areas, wonderful little café’s and tea shops and a vibrant social scene. Faversham especially pays attention to Britain’s festive days with its own unique events. Experience the National Apple Festival at time of harvest, a horror – filled event at Belmont for Halloween, the Doddington firework display on November 5th and Christmas lights and Markets The town of Faversham and it’s outlying villages are always worth a visit.

 

 

 

Essential cornerstones of business growth for SME’s

Business growth has to be a goal for all organisations. The form that growth takes will be different for each company. Some businesses will be looking for a greater share of the market, others will be wanting to streamline processes, others will want to break into new markets, and others still want to either introduce new products, enhance their primary product or add variations to a popular original.

Where will your business focus be?

Whatever direction you are taking, be careful not to lose sight of the factors that placed the business in a winning position: such as the usp; the loyal target market; don’t lose the quality for the sake of cheaper production. For instance, the small local pub that does well from a local clienteelle and then adds the facility of a restaurant may well be adding an extra dynamic to it’s services, but as well as losing that personal touch it may also be entering an arena where substantially different skills are needed and where there is heavy competition.

More growth, more space

Even horizontal growth needs to be thoroughly thought through. For example, as companies become successful there is a greater onus on space. Not only for stock but also staff. The latter will need to be able to deal with an increase in orders and equipment may be needed to back up the processes. More space calls for more property which in itself calls for more staff and equipment. Old top down leadership models can become fragmented and more difficult to monitor so there is also a need for refined processes. (on a small-scale business considering storage expansion can use self-storage units before looking to buying new premises).

Always keep your customer needs central to future growth

Before making any decision about growth direction, a business should strongly consider their customer base and future customer retention. After all, it is customer loyalty (their target market) which has bolstered success. If considering a new market, bear in mind that it can be 20 times more expensive than working on existing accounts. And remember that your greatest asset is your labour force. If growth will mean diluting working relationships, consider how that may affect future processes.

In the same way, growth does not just have to be about the product itself. Start with the customer and consider how your organisation can enhance the customer experience. You may be in a place where you can enhance products, provide a greater product variety or step into a slightly different market, but at the end of the day, if it does not enrich your client base you could be on sticky ground. Factors such as help and support which to some may just seem to be expensive add-ons, can be the kind of triggers that not only keep your customers coming back but are fundamental to real growth in the future.

Need A Space is based in Canterbury Kent and offers self-storage facilities to the London and surrounding areas such as Faversham, Medway and Herne Bay. for a quote see our homepage or call us on 01227 260500

Why self-storage is so popular in the 21st century

self-storageIt is a hard to remember a time without the huge benefits of self-storage. Self-storage units are dotted across our landscapes in the UK; they help us when we are moving home; they support us when storing our valuables temporarily; they help businesses deal with space growth and space creation -cutting budgets and streamlining processes. Why have they become more popular than ever in this new millennium?

Self-storage – a brief history

Self -storage like so many things in recent years found its way from across the pond because it all started – no surprise – in the United states of America. The USA saw its first units appear as early as the 1960’s but the UK did not see it’s first self-storage units until the 1980’s. The rest as they say is history. There are more than 1000 facilities across the country which equates to approximately 37.6 million square feet of rentable space. Clearly a booming industry, but you have to look to the environment and current culture to get an idea as to why it is thriving so much.

Relationships are more unstable

Unfortunately, in many ways some would say our relationships are much more unstable than they were just 50 years ago. Due to liberal ideals, sacred rituals such as marriage happen faster and easier. In the same way, the Christian religion accepts divorce much more easily and it has become acceptable to the point where sadly it is commonplace. Where once it was a scandal now it is just seen as one of life’s many hurdles. With this environment, people are much more transient. With movement there is a need to store valuables until you can find a more permanent location.

People living longer

With advances in medical science we are becoming an aging society. Whereas in the 1930’s you could expect to live for a couple of years after you have retired, now you can look forward to living for a further 2 decades. Older couples are more likely to be moving on from the large family home and downsizing. With no place to store their nostalgia in the new smaller home they look to self-storage to hold onto precious memories.

Individuals are more transient

Even as late as the early 20th century individuals and families hardly left their own town or village.  the 21st century travelling to other side of the world can be organised almost at the push of a button. Travelling long distances to commute or live temporarily is as much a part of everyday life as the sun in the sky. Hence people need self-storage to cater for those times when they are on the road. For instance, the student who lives far from home can find self-storage essential when studying away, and returning home during term holidays.

Small business is supported where possible by government in the UK and so new SME’s, especially over the last twenty years are thriving. Self-storage can assist organisations where there is restricted space and so can streamline in-house procedures and enhance business growth.

Perhaps the biggest factor for the continuous growth of the self-storage industry is people are more aware that it is there and what it is for. Let’s face it – space (that is earthly space) has never been that interesting. Now its like the grocers on the high street. Pop in and see us to find out what services we offer at Need A Space self-storage in Faversham. Contact us on 01227 751673 or fill in our website contact form. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

Moving home? Check out our top tips!

moving homeAt Need A Space we can help you with all the practical help that you could possibly need. From a removals van to self-storage and from storage materials to the very best in security, our aim is to make the complex task of moving home just about as easy as it can get. However, because relocating can be so complex and stressful we have also come up with our own little shortlist of essential tips to help that big move run a little smoother:

  1. Don’t forget to re-direct your post. It will give you peace of mind that you will receive all your important mail and take the frustration away from the people who are moving into your old home.
  2. Label all boxes with contents each contains and which room they will be going to in your new home
  3. Keep all fixtures and fittings from larger furniture in one place – again clearly labelled
  4. When you learn your council tax band you may get a shock. But don’t despair, statistics show that over 400,000 homes have been wrongly categorised. So check it out at the valuation office agency
  5. Give yourself time at the end of the moving out day to say goodbye to your old home – it could be quite emotional.
  6. Start packing early. Once you have a date for moving, schedule how you will deal with each room, leaving the most used rooms of course to the end.
  7. Start getting to know the environment you will be moving to before you move. Check out where you will find your creature comforts, speak with the community if you can, find out energy suppliers, where important elements like fuse-boxes and stopcocks are etc.
  8. Get an idea of storage space when choosing your home. Not the most exciting factor, but it could save you a whole lot of headaches in the future.
  9. Trying to visualise how all your valuables will go into your new home can be difficult and if you are downsizing you may be left with too little room. Check out the self-storage provision in your area to ease the pressure until you are settled.
  10. Be realistic about how the move could uproot you and your family psychologically. You will want to get back to routine as soon as possible but don’t go too fast – it’s a big change.
  11. So many people to tell about your big change. So many things to do. As you get nearer to the big move day make lists of the essential tasks which need to be done.
  12. Don’t expect to move into your new home as soon as you get there. Sometimes the estate agent will not hand over the keys until monies have been exchanged – and this will be dependant upon where you are in the chain.
  13. It is courteous to leave your old home clean and tidy for the new occupants. So leave time at the end of moving out to give the house a clean. This could be a mammoth job and it is sometimes a good idea to hire a cleaner or cleaning company.
  14. Find out when you will need to leave the property as you will need to deactivate your white goods (i.e. defrost the freezer; de-plumb the washing machine etc)
  15. Create a box for essentials that will be with you on the day of the move. This could include address and contact book; first aid kit; torch; chargers; mobile; snacks; drinks; keys; moving documents etc)
  16. Because moving home can be expensive there may be a tendency to buy cheaper accessories (i.e. cardboard boxes), but always use quality materials – you want to get your precious valuables there in one piece.
  17. Don’t be tempted to overfill boxes. If the box breaks so do your valuables. Also, you need to pick up the box once it is filled!
  18. Check your house contents insurance will cover your valuables during the move.
  19. Consider beforehand how you will deal with laundry. Make a cut off date for the last wash so everything transported is dry and you and your family will have enough clothes over the moving period.
  20. Keep a track of important documents by categorising them and storing them in the same containers such as labelled box files.

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