When you realise that you don’t have enough storage in your home, it can feel like a real-life nightmare. You don’t want to get rid of your prized possessions, but there’s no room for them in the cupboards, either.
You’ve got no room for that chest of drawers but don’t want to send it to the tip. You need those boxes full of important files and can’t just put them through the shredder.
So you consider getting a self-storage unit. But what do you need to know before taking the plunge?
Self-Storage Units Are Safer Than Your Garage
Burglaries are on the rise in the West Midlands and criminals are seeing homes and businesses in the area as easy targets (via Birmingham Mail). If you live in an urban area such as Dudley, Wolverhampton, or Birmingham then you are more likely to be a victim of burglary than someone in a rural area.
According to the UK’s Office for National Statistics, burglaries committed in Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire, and the West Midlands “consistently account” for 35% of all burglaries recorded by police. In fact, these counties account for one-third of all “theft in dwelling” (home burglaries) in England and Wales.
Criminals see homes and business in the West Midlands as easy targets. They know that you’re storing jewellery, televisions, gadgets, and treasured possessions in your garage or your attic and they know that they can make some quick cash. The Daily Mail reports that the average Brit stores nearly two grand worth of stuff in their garages. These are astonishing statistics.
But you don’t have to be a victim and self-storage units can be a much safer option than keeping these items in your home.
Storage options such as Taurus Removals’ storage containers and lock boxes have alarmed padlocks and are monitored 24 hours a day with CCTV. With a zone detection alarm system too, the only person gaining access to your belongings is you.
Self-Storage Units Are Remarkably Clean
Where is the best place to put your prized possessions if you want to keep them out of harm’s way? Is the answer: a) in your attic, b) in a cardboard box under the stairs, or c) any old place you can find space for them in your house?
The answer may actually be d) in a self-storage unit.
Storing your most valued belongings in your home comes with a high risk of damage. We’re not just talking about damage from floods, storms, and fires (though that is something to be concerned about too, says Verisure) but we’re also talking about water damage, dirt, and other accidental breakages.
According to Legal & General (via Insurance Business Mag), thousands of homes in the UK have filed insurance claims for water damage over the last few years, with damage totalling over £80 million. Faulty showers, toilets, and burst pipes have completely destroyed their properties and all of the belongings in them.
Meanwhile, The Telegraph reports that a whopping seven in 10 people in the UK are unable to find time to clean their own homes. You’re too busy working (or maybe you haven’t hired a professional cleaning service) to give your home a good scrub.
You probably can’t afford to lose your belongings to this kind of damage. Those family photos from forever ago won’t survive the damp caused by a leaky toilet. That lawnmower won’t work once it’s covered in water. Those vases you inherited from your grandparents can’t be fixed once you crush them under a mountain of clutter.
Self-storage units free you from these risks. Taurus Removals’ storage containers are wind and watertight, keeping your belongings clean and dry. We’ll even wrap your things in an industrial blanket for good measure! It saves them from getting muddied up by the garden tools in your garage.
Get in touch with Taurus Removals today to talk about using a self-storage unit for your belongings.