Guest Post: A Business Can Save Money on Road Tax by Hiring a Van

When a business in Chelsea or any part of London needs to have the use of a vehicle for any given reason, they could own one. However, the cost of owning a vehicle is considerably more than renting it. A business will have to tax it and also get insurance for it. A business might also have to pay high insurance premiums if they haven’t owned a van before. This is because an insurance company might view a business as being a risk because they have no experience of driving this type of vehicle.

The cost of renting a vehicle is far less when compared to owning it. This is because all that has to be paid is what is quoted by a removal company. You don’t have to pay insurance or road tax because a removal company is responsible for doing so. The cost of hiring a man and van in Chelsea can also be much lower if it is rented for a short period of time. Some removal companies can provide a vehicle for an hour or an entire afternoon. By knowing how long a vehicle is required for, you can save a lot of money. For example, if you believe that a vehicle is needed for twenty four hours but is actually required for an entire business day, more money will be spent. To keep costs down, you should know how long you need to have full use of a removal vehicle for.

There are other ways which can help with reducing costs, such as getting packing boxes yourself. Although they can be bought, you could use what you own already. By sorting through the containers which are in a warehouse, items could be moved into a solitary box so that you have plenty spare. If dozens of boxes are required, you can save a lot of money by utilising the items which are in your premises.

If boxes are required, a removal company could provide them for a modest fee. When boxes are purchased, they will have to be stored in a warehouse. If you don’t want empty boxes in a warehouse, renting them from a removal company is very convenient. This is because they can be returned once they have been used.

If you don’t have a lot of free time, a removal company can help with packing. There are many packers & movers in Chelsea which have extensive experience of doing so. Without their help, you could waste the space which is in the boxes you’ve collected for moving items. They could offer tips and guidance on what can be put into a solitary box.

Once boxes have been packed, a removal company can put them onto a vehicle. If boxes need to be moved to other premises which your business owns or delivered to customers, it can take a while to do if there are many of them. However, a removal company can provide not just a vehicle but also staff too. Therefore, it won’t take long to move many boxes because they will be lifted into a van by other people than yourself. Boxes will also be lifted safely. As removal professionals are trained in how to lift boxes without causing injury, no damage will be inflicted on your premises. When large boxes are lifted, you could damage walls after knocking boxes into them. As removal professionals have helped other clients before, little or no damage at all will be caused even when heavy boxes are lifted.


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Press Release Features Storage Auctions Kings

Check out this press release, featuring Storage Auctions Kings and the creation of our site. This is an interesting reading if you’ve ever been curious how we came about. This press release details the strange circumstances under which our site first began and why it was unlikely that we’ve even gotten to this point. Anyway, it’s worth a look.

Standard Mini Storage Security Features

When it comes to maintaining a safe and secure mini storage site, where customers can feel confident that nothing will befall their valuables, there are several security measures which are now considered to be industry standards. For example, a mini storage facility that has no surveillance cameras whatsoever will probably get more than a few sideways glances from prospective tenants who are told there is no eye-in-the-sky watching over everything. Of course, a lack of surveillance cameras could be made up for with a resident manager. A resident manager is a feature of many self storage facilities across the country; it means that the property manager actually lives on-site in a specially designed apartment that is oftentimes attached to the office.

Self Storage Security Systems Help to Keep Watch

Security cameras and a property manager that lives on-site both speak to the importance of keeping an eye on things that happen on the property – generally speaking either cameras or a resident manager can do the job, but it’s far more effective to have both in place at the same time. In fact, when a property manager is explaining the basics to new tenants, they will usually respond to questions regarding rental rates and why they are so high by pointing out that these special features, such as security systems and the on-site manager are factored into the cost.

The Mute Doormen of the Mini Storage Security World

The next major self storage security system that comes into play on most every facility is the front gate. Some facilities are so large that they have multiple entry gates. Some only have one. In general, this is the first and most effective line of defense against would be intruders and individuals of malicious intent. Today, many self storage facilities employ highly advanced gate systems that are linked up with tenant access management systems. For example, you may see a keypad next to an entry gate that each tenant must code into when approaching the property. These electronically managed coded access systems accomplish several different security goals at once. For one thing, they will only admit current tenants who have real business on the property. Someone just walking in off the street would not be able to bypass the gate.

Who Goes There?

Secondly, these advanced gate systems capture tenant movement information and automatically build a detailed access log for the entire property and can store the information daily. This means that if a property manager ever needed to know who was in a certain area at a given time on a given day, in order to solve some mystery regarding a damaged aspect of the property or an altercation between two tenants, they can simply look up the gate access log electronically and be given a detailed read-out of everyone coming on and off the property, what section they were admitted to and how long they spent there. These tenant access logs, used in association with the security camera systems, are highly effective ways of monitoring activity on a mini storage property and together they form the basic make-up of a solid self storage security system.

Advanced Self Storage Security Systems

There are yet additionally advanced security features now emerging in the exciting world of self storage security. While not yet implemented in the majority of mini storage facilities, these specialized security measures represent the cutting edge of an industry that must forever stay one step ahead of the folks that would rip people off if they could.

One of the most effective advanced security measures is an individual unit alarm system that is integrated with the electronic coded access gate system. For example, when a current tenant codes into the entry gate, the system will recognize them and commence the gate opening sequence. Meanwhile, the adjunct unit alarm system will send a signal to that tenants unit (or all of their units if they rent more than one) which disarms their alarm. However, the alarms on everyone else’s units on the property will stay active! This ensures that a tenant can only access their own units without tripping an alarm. This advanced security system accomplishes a goal that was once elusive to frustrated property managers: sometimes a seemingly well mannered tenant would rent a small and inexpensive unit on the property just to gain access to the property, so that they could break into unattended units and steal everything inside! Individual unit alarm systems, used in conjunction with the gate access management systems, will effectively red flag a tenant who goes on property and tampers with anyone else’s unit.

Another fun advanced security feature now in use at some mini storage facilities actually works in conjunction with these individual unit alarms. When a person’s unit alarm is triggered by an unauthorized tenant, the system will automatically send an SMS text message to the rightful owner’s cell phone, allowing them to respond either by calling the property to ask the manager what’s going on, or by coming down to their unit to check the situation out for themselves.

Making Local Storage Auctions into a Home Business

With the public’s awareness of local storage auctions becoming more and more pronounced in recent months, some folks are turning their storage rummaging hobby and pastime into something far more lucrative and sustainable. A locally-supplied home-run business. The basics of setting up your own home business using local storage auctions as your supplier are simple: you need to bring in enough discounted goods via smart storage auction purchases, then appraise and refurbish the worthwhile stuff, and then resell it either via online auction sites like eBay or local listing directories like craigslist. If you are careful to price your items to move, but still high enough to turn you a profit based on what you paid for the storage unit, you can even use your front lawn as your selling floor and a couple well-placed signs on major roads for advertising.

Becoming Your Own Business Through Storage Locker Sales

Essentially what you are doing is making yourself into a retail store, while avoiding the high overhead costs and initial investment capital usually necessary to get a new retail store off the ground. The best way to figure out if using local storage auctions to provide you with inventory will work for you is to try it out first, on a small scale. Just attend one of the mini storage sales in your area. You can check the newspaper for postings about when the next public mini storage auction is coming up. Bring $100-200 for your first time, and keep an eye out for a small unit, probably around 5×5, that looks pretty densely packed. Avoid units that are primarily made up of clothes and other personal junk like blankets and trash bags.

What to Look For in a Mini Storage Unit

You want to focus your efforts on neatly boxed up units and units with several identifiable items of value. For example, if you can say, Oh, there’s a TV, there’s an upscale coffee maker, and there are a couple of board games that I could probably resell at a yard sale for $2-5 each, then you’ve got yourself something of interest. When the bidding starts, your aim is to get the entirety of the unit for about half of what you think you could make by reselling everything inside it at discounted prices. The biggest mistake new auction hunters make is to over-inflate the value of the things they see inside a unit they want simply because they are excited. Keep your emotions reined in and undervalue the items inside while making a quick tally of their worth. Now half this number and don’t bid a dollar above it.

Winning a Local Mini Storage Unit

If you win the unit, you get to pay the auctioneer or the storage company the full amount following the conclusion of the auction. Most auctioneers and storage companies prefer cash. Credit card sometimes works. Personal checks are almost never accepted, under the assumption you’d just pack up your things, bounce a check, and never be heard from again. Once you have paid up, the property manager will help you to get access to your unit and you can begin stuffing all your new winnings into your car.

Sift and Sort

Now you can head home and start sorting through the goods. Separate the objects of obvious value and do your best to clean them up. If they are electronics or appliances, test them to see if they work. Plug them in and make them do what they are supposed to do. If they don’t do what they are supposed to do, take note of this and knock even more off their resale price. Once you have everything more or less sorted out, you can start listing your items on eBay and craigslist. eBay is a great catch-all solution for selling just about anything, big or small, sentimental or highly technical. eBay is also ideal for extremely obscure offerings. If you can find the right name for it and make a listing for it, chances are someone will buy it from you.

What Should Go on

Craigslist is better for larger items of general interest. For example, standard and decent looking pieces of furniture, coffee tables, lamps, small couches, paintings, wall hangings and the like. If it is too large to comfortably ship to an eBay buyer, just post it on craigslist for a reasonable price. If you are not sure if your asking price is reasonable, just put OBO in the post to signify ” or best offer”.

All the rest of it you can put out for a yard sale, should you have enough of it. If you have other things in your home you’ve been meaning to get rid of, now is a great time to lump everything together and try to make some cash extra cash!

Step Back and Reevaluate

If you finish this whole process with more money than you initially put into it, and you found that you didn’t hate the entire undertaking, and, better yet, even enjoyed it a little, then try buying up two storages next time you hit a local auction.

Renting Storage From a Kiosk?

What Are Storage Kiosks Anyway?

With crafty storage owners forever trying to reduce costs and increase profits, certain mini storage facilities throughout the country have begun to be outfitted with automatic storage rental kiosks, special automated booths that allow a tenant to rent storage any time of night or day. These kiosks can allow you to select a unit size, print your rental contract for you, and accept your first rent payment. Unfortunately, there are a couple of things these storage rental kiosks can’t do, which can potentially lead to some frustrating late night encounters.

Downsides to Rental Kiosks

Rental kiosks, being designed to essentially provide round the clock service, even when an employee can’t be on property, are supposed to automate the entire realm of storage functions, right? They should take payments, rent units, process move-outs and the like. Unfortunately for some tenants who come by late at night hoping to perform a complex operation via the kiosk, such as pay off their delinquency and have the company overlock removed, many kiosks are not sophisticated enough to perform many of the functions that still require the direct attention of a human employee.

Know Before You Go – The Limitations of Storage Kiosks

Keep this in mind if you’re ever trying to get something done at your storage facility after hours. For example, you might be able to show up and pay off your late storage bill, thereby bringing yourself current within the system. However, the kiosk has no way of tromping over to your unit and removing the overlock. You will have to wait until the next business day to have an employee help you get into your unit. Bummer! This can be extremely frustrating, especially if you’ve just dropped a few hundred bucks to regain access to your belongings.

Why Keep Kiosks on Limited Duty?

Additionally, most kiosk-equipped mini storage facilities are not designed to grant a tenant immediate access to the property even after they have completed the rental process. Unfortunately, this is another complex action that requires a tenant to come during business hours, when a real live employee can check over the rental agreement and verify that the tenant has completed it correctly. Some folks are upset to find this out after using a kiosk in hopes of getting onto the property immediately after. Some advanced kiosks are in the works that will be capable of opening and closing units electronically, but, again many owners and management companies want a real live manager in place to handle the move in process, for a number of good reasons.

For one thing, kiosks cannot observe or discipline new tenants that are using their brand new unit as a storehouse for tons of fresh dynamite, for example. If a kiosk sees you storing truckloads of poorly sealed damp dogfood in your dark unit, it has little recourse beyond beeping. A real manager would put the hurt on you pretty quick, in order to protect the overall value of the property and the storage experience of all the other tenants.

For the most part, these automated storage kiosks excel at taking payments. They can do this when a manager is busy at the bank, or on property, or handling phone calls or out to lunch.

Reader Question: Can a Manager Buy A Storage Unit Up for Auction?

Today’s reader question comes from Hank and regards the conflict of interest that can occur when a property manager working at the facility holding an auction wants to buy a unit. Not long ago we featured another reader question that dealt with some shady managers who were actually plucking the best goods from repossessed sheds before they were sold to the public on the big day. All in all, sounds like there are some pretty unsavory goings on at some of these storage facilities! Hank asks:

[quote] Hello, I wanted to know: is it ever OK for a manager to buy up the storage unit that is currently on auction? Some of my buddies say they have seen managers and other employees bidding on units around our area but I didn’t think this kind of thing was allowed? [/quote]

Wow, you guys are dealing with some morally corrupt storage companies! Either there’s not enough oversight going on, or folks just do things drastically different where you live. To answer your question, a manager buying up an auction unit where he or she works is a big NO NO. Now, it might not necessarily be illegal, but it opens the company they work for up to massive vulnerabilities. How screwy does it sound for a manager to press the auction process hard and unrelentingly on a delinquent tenant, just to turn around and win their belongings on auction day?

Why Managers Should Never Buy Auction Units

I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one that would call foul to this kind of behavior. The company would have to worry about a wrongful sale lawsuit, which can be painfully costly when lost. Many times a wronged tenant has sued for many times more than the total value of their storage unit and they’ve won. That’s money that has to come out of the company’s pocket and profits!

If a manager in your area is stupid enough to be buying auction units at their own facility, and doing so blatantly enough that tenants like yourself are noticing it, they are in for a world of hurt if their bosses ever figure it out or if their company gets smacked with a wrongful sale lawsuit.

Are You a Manager Tempted to Attend Your Own Auctions?

If you happen to be a self storage property manager and you really just can’t wait to get your own dose of delinquent storage buying, just put on a baseball cap and go down the street to another company’s auction on your day off. Don’t risk your job and your company’s reputation by doing something as dumb as trying to buy a unit whose auction paperwork you processed!

The Number One Way A Property Manager Botches a Storage Auction

[dropcap style=”font-size: 60px; color: #C93113;”] M [/dropcap]any storage customers approach me asking about how they can prevent their unit from going to auction when they’re in dire financial straits and getting down to the wire. As I always let them know, there are a good number of “best-practices” you can put into effect at the first signs of trouble. The first time you have a hard time making your monthly storage rent, you need to consider the following options seriously:

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Reader Question: Shotgun Found in Storage Auction Unit

Today we’re answering a reader’s question that should be of interest to all storage auction hunters. Ray sends us this excellent question regarding the legality of firearms found in a repossessed locker by a winning bidder:

“I found a shotgun in a storage unit that i bought from an auction and
don’t know what to do with it or the laws on it?”

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Is it Really Possible to Make Money Off Storage Auctions?

Here is a question I get pretty often from the folks that call up to ask about the next local self storage auction, as well as from people I talk with in town that say they’ve been thinking of trying their hand at the next public sale. Is it really possible to make money off these storage auctions? they ask me. As I always tell them, Continue reading “Is it Really Possible to Make Money Off Storage Auctions?”

Introducing the Reality Show “Storage Wars”

Storage wars has been making a splash with reality television fans and storage auction gurus alike. Although it’s stylized in the typical fashion of most reality shows, meaning most characters’ egos are overblown and designed to clash with one another, there are some true and valid points here as regards the auction circuit. How much of this initial sneak peek into Storage Wars is legitimate and how much is worthless television fluff?

Obviously, the night-vision goggles-donning little person falls squarely in the category of television fluff, Continue reading “Introducing the Reality Show “Storage Wars””