How Do I Transport My Items to the Superstore Self Storage Facility?

transporting items to the Superstore Self Storage facility

There are many reasons why you’ll need to store your belongings in a self storage facility including moving to a new home, having renovation work done in your property, downsizing, decluttering, moving abroad, and storing unused furniture.

When you’ve finished the hard work and packed all your items into boxes and bags, how do you approach transporting them to your storage unit? At SUPERSTORE Self Storage, you’ll have a few options to choose from. Whether you prefer to transport the items yourself or take advantage of our collection and delivery service, our goal is to make your transition smooth and hassle-free.

Here are some helpful tips for transporting your items to the SUPERSTORE Self Storage facility.

Consider splitting your trips to the storage facility

Whether you’re limited on car space, busy with work schedules, or you have too many belongings to transfer, it’s often better to make multiple trips to the self storage facility instead of transporting everything in a single journey.

Use the correct packaging to transport & store your belongings

Using the right packaging materials will reduce the likelihood of unwanted damage during transit and storage, so don’t skimp on quality materials and take your time packing your boxes properly.

If you are going to be stacking boxes in the storage unit, they need to be good quality, sturdy boxes for stability, otherwise boxes at the bottom could bow under the weight of the boxes on top of them potentially causing damage to the contents.Continue reading

Benefits of choosing steel storage containers

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Whether you’re looking for suitable storage for commercial purposes including equipment, stock, or assets; or for domestic use such as during a property renovation or house sale, steel storage containers are a cost-effective option. Superstore Self Storage has provided storage solutions to many companies and domestic customers across Leicester, from construction sites and factories to offices, retail businesses, and many more.

The benefits of choosing steel storage containers

Substantial capacity

Our 20ft steel storage containers contain a vast amount of space inside, allowing you to keep a significant number of items for as long as you need. Our containers are ideal for holding large items of furniture, stock, pieces of equipment, business documents, and other company assets.

Durable containers that are built to last

Our 20ft steel storage containers are located outside our facility, and they are built to withstand heavy loads and severe weather conditions. No matter how brutal the wind and downpours are, your steel container will prevail and remain intact, so there’s no need to stress whenever storms or heavy winds occur in the area.Continue reading

What Sized Storage Unit Do I Need?

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In general, your needed storage size depends entirely on what you’re planning to store and how much stuff there is. But estimating this by looking at your entire inventory can be difficult and can cause inaccuracies when trying to determine the best size before renting a storage unit.

Most units are listed in vague terms like small, medium and large units with square feet measurements provided, but it’s hard to visualise if your items can fit there practically. Different furniture shapes and boxed items can overcompensate on the unit size, so to help gain a clear idea on which unit size to pick, Store U created a convenient size guide to break down multiple unit sizes and determine how much you can fit in.

Read on below to know more and use our interactive storage space calculator on our website to help guide you.

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Business Self-Storage Option

Space and storage will always come at a premium price that’s why our self-storage options at Store U provide our customers with affordable, high-security, and first-rate business storage. By choosing our service, you can store your documents, office supplies, furniture, and equipment in a highly monitored place off-site for short or long durations.

Our different-sized units range between 13-square feet to 150 square feet, and various services offered include 24-hour self-storage rooms, container storage, wooden containers, and much more. With our flexible agreements and long-term rental discounts, Store U is the ideal solution to your business storage needs.

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Common Mistake When Using Storage Units

SUPERSTORE Self Storage units

A storage unit can hold most of your belongings, sure, but are you sure that you’re getting the most out of the unit space? It is common to make easy mistakes when placing your items in a storage unit. Storage units are used to keep hold of personal belongings or unwanted items, either on a short or long-term basis.

Depending on what you are planning to store, choosing the wrong storage capacity can vastly affect your items. Using storage units is straightforward, but make sure to avoid the following self-storage mistakes to ensure that your items are kept safely in perfect conditions.

Not choosing the correct space capacity

This is one of the most common mistakes, stuffing all of your items into a small and confined storage space that cannot handle your item load. It might be an inexpensive solution, but going for the cheaper option is not always the best approach. If the storage unit is small, there is a significant risk of damaging your goods. Stacking all of your items may lead to fall damage or crushed items.

Always calculate the unit capacity and ensure that your volume of items can fit comfortably with plenty of breathing space. That extra cost for a bigger space will ease your mind and save you money in the long run. Best of all, your belongings are safe from any damage.

Not planning ahead of the logistics

You have booked your storage unit. The next step is to transport your items to the storage facilities safely. How will you transfer your belongings to the unit space? Ensure that you have thought of these logistics in advance to save you time, hassle, and stress on the day of moving.

Depending on the things you’re planning to store, you may need a trolley to ensure a smooth transfer. Our storage unit provides trolleys, so there is no hassle transferring the items from your car/van to the unit.

Superstore Self Storage can provide you with the best solution for your self-storage needs. We also offer a collection service to transport your personal items to our storage unit. We are situated just outside of Leicester City Centre, off the B582, providing easy access. Call us on 0116 239 3000 for a free, no-obligation quote.

Preparing your furniture for storage

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Whether your items are in storage for a few days, weeks, or months, you will need to take steps to prevent damage and decline. To help you with this we have broken this down into an easy to follow two-step process to help keep your storage stress free.

The deep clean

  • Focus on removing dust from furniture surfaces by wiping them with a soft, dry cloth, and polishing metal parts of your furniture.

  • Wooden furniture requires an application of an appropriate cleaning product to surfaces before wiping them down with a damp cloth. After this, the wood needs to be “sealed” by adding a coat of furniture polish to avoid the wood drying out.

  • Leather upholstery needs a more thorough clean with a vacuum, followed by the application of a suitable leather cleaner. The cleaner will need to be left to develop (depending on the products instructions), before being wiped down with a clean, dry cloth. To finish this process, apply a leather protecting spray/cream to keep the upholstery in prime condition.

  • Regardless of the material, all furniture needs to be completely dry before you begin packing it for storage. Any damp areas can lead to mould over time, and nobody wants that!

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5 Great Examples of Businesses That Use Self Storage

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When most people think of self storage solutions, they think of something used by individuals. They probably envision a place for people to store their goods if they are between houses, or studying away from home, or possibly holding onto possessions following the passing of a loved one.

However, this is often not the case. Here at Superstore Self Storage, we have been providing storage in Leicester for a long time, and we’ve seen all kinds of small businesses make use of our top-end facilities for running their business.

Here are just some of the enterprises that have turned a self-storage contract with us into a valuable business asset:

Online sellers

Whether you run your business through eBay, Etsy, or your own e-commerce website, you need somewhere to keep all your stock. A self-storage unit is the ideal place. Not only does it free up room in your house or garage (or wherever you were originally keeping your merchandise), but you can be sure that you stock is safe and secure.

Market stall holders

You might not be an online retailer, but rather a market trader. You still need somewhere you can rely upon to store your stock overnight. With our self storage units, you have 24/7 access to your own storage bay, meaning you can pick up and drop off whenever you like – even if that means the wee hours of the morning so you can get you stall set up in time.

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Top Tips on Relocating Your Office Efficiently

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Moving offices can be a daunting experience at the best of times and even more so with the current COVID-19 pandemic acting as a backdrop. Extra precautions need to be taken to ensure the safety of your staff as well as any third party companies assisting you with the move.

At Superstore Self Storage in Leicester, we have plenty of experience with both storage and removals. Here some of the best hints and tips for managing an efficient office move in the current environment…

Hire a reliable removals firm

When choosing a removals firm during the pandemic, be sure to pick one with an updated coronavirus contingency plan. This demonstrates that they are committed to the safety of you and your employees. You may even wish to discuss tailoring their service to meet any specific needs your staff might have.

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Coronavirus deep clean services are an essential investment for any business contemplating a move during a pandemic. Steam cleaning will eradicate any bacteria from the building surfaces, whilst chemical fogging with eliminate any infectious microbes in the air.Continue reading

Company Coronavirus Update

On Thursday 16 April, Foreign Secretary and Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab announced that the current nationwide lock down to curb the impact of coronavirus was to be extended. While no date was given regarding when we can expect restrictions to be lifted, Mr Raab confirmed that it would be for at least three weeks, with the situation due to be reviewed again on 07 May 2020.

At Superstore Self Storage, we stand behind our brilliant NHS staff 100% and fully support the measures put in place to help protect their limited resources during this difficult time. We urge all of our customers – old and new – to stay home and stay safe, if they are able to do so.

At this time, our top priority is the health and safety of our staff and our customers. To protect both, we are introducing the following safety measures. These will remain in place at least for the duration of the lock down, but may be extended or amended as we receive more information.

Changes to Superstore Self Storage

Until further notice, the Superstore Self Storage facility in Leicester will be limiting face to face interactions with customers. Our office will be closed to the public, however, we will still be available to contact by telephone and email.

Our Self Storage facilities are available for emergency access but we ask that customers practice social and physical distancing whilst on the premises. Please remain at least 2 meters away from staff and other customers for their safety, and your own.

Safety and security

While access to the facility is limited for the duration of lock down, you can rest assured that our 24/7 CCTV surveillance will continue to be unaffected. This means that the items you have put into storage will remain completely secure throughout.

We hope that our customers throughout the Leicester area will support this decision, which has not been made lightly. We have taken these measures to protect both staff and customers alike.

For any queries regarding this decision, please call Superstore Self Storage today on 0116 239 3000.

How to Move House Like a Pro

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Moving house can be stressful, we all know this. However, it doesn’t need to be. Here at Superstore Self Storage in Leicester, many of our customers make use of us during the moving process, so we’ve put together the following hints and tips to help you move house like a pro.

Hire a packing company

Packing up your personal belongings can be a nightmare. Not only is it always more work than you first expect, it can be emotionally draining as well as physically. A professional packing company solves both problems. First, they can handle the physical side of things with ease, much faster than you will. They will wrap and pack your delicate items, so you know everything is safe.

Use a storage company

Here at Superstore Self Storage we help hundreds of customers by acting as a halfway house for their belongings. It makes your move easier in several ways. You can get away with hiring a single van, rather than booking a removal firm with a lorry. You can redecorate or renovate your new home without your other possessions getting in the way. Also, with a little distance from your belongings you may find that they’re not as essential as you thought. Maybe a post-move declutter is in order?Continue reading