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  1. 5 reasons to use breezybox, our easy new storage collection service

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    Did you catch the news? We’ve just launched breezybox, our new ‘storage by the box’ collection service!

    What is ?

    breezybox is the fast and convenient way to arrange storage and store your valued items without leaving the house.

    We’ll deliver all the boxes and packaging you need. Simply fill up the boxes and we’ll return to collect them when you’re ready. We’ll then transport and safely store your items at your nearest blue self storage facility.

    Prices start at £5.95 per box, per month – so if you stored 3 boxes, that’s still £42.15 cheaper than hiring our smallest unit!

    Check out our breezybox service

    Not sure whether breezybox is right for you? Here are 5 reasons it just might be…

    breezybox - storage collection service in Cardiff from blue self storage - couple packing boxes

    1. You don’t have enough items to fill a whole storage unit

    Do you have a few bulky items that just won’t fit in the flat?

    Often, our customers have one or two awkward items that they’d like to keep for the future, but don’t have space for right now.

    If you don’t have enough stuff to fill a whole storage unit, but removing a few items would make a big difference to the way you use your home, breezybox is a great option for you.

    With breezybox, you don’t need to go to the expense of reserving a whole storage unit. You simply pay for the storage you need, saving you extra costs.

    breezybox - storage collection service in Cardiff from blue self storage - couple packing boxes

    2. You’re moving home or downsizing

    Knowing what to do with your possessions when you’re moving home or changing offices can sometimes be tricky.

    While your new place might have enough room for all your items, there’s often some downtime between moving out and receiving your new set of keys.

    That’s why breezybox is ideal if you need to temporarily store items. It saves you the hassle of attending a storage facility – that’s one less thing to worry about when you move out.

    storage by the box service in Cardiff - men roll on skateboard with boxes

    3. You don’t have your own vehicle

    Have you ever tried taking a canoe, a trombone and a comic book collection on public transport? You get some funny looks…

    If you don’t have a car or a van, getting your items to a storage facility can sometimes be a struggle.

    breezybox saves you the expense of hiring a vehicle; we’ll deliver your boxes to a nearby blue self storage unit on your behalf.

    Couple walking happy with boxes - introducing breezybox by blue self storage

    4. You’re going on holiday (or returning home for the summer)

    If you’re jet-setting around the world on the trip of a lifetime, or you’re an international student returning home to spend time with family over the summer, you don’t want to worry about valuable items getting stolen.

    breezybox acts as a temporary safe for your valuables. Our round-the-clock security ensures your precious items are always protected.

    5. You have seasonal hobbies taking up space

    Skiing, scuba diving, camping… the greatest hobbies usually come with a wardrobe’s-worth of equipment.

    If you’re not using seasonal equipment year-round, then storing it at home can become frustrating, especially if you have a small home or you’re sharing with multiple tenants.

    breezybox lets you store items when you don’t need them and easily retrieve them when it’s time. That way, your hobbies remain joys, not chores.

    You pack it up, we pack it in!

    breezybox is a great option for busy people or those with limited space at home. It’s a speedy service that’s super easy to use.

    Want to try it? Learn more about our storage collection service and fill out the order form.

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  2. March offer: FREE packaging bundle when you sign up during your house move!

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    For March 2021, we’re offering a FREE packaging bundle for all our new customers moving home!

    Take the stress out of moving & avoid the hunt for working Sharpies or non-battered boxes – our bundle has you covered.

    What’s included

    → 5 branded boxes
    → 1 pen
    → 1 roll of tape
    → 1 large mattress cover
    → 1 XXXL bubble wrap

    Claim your bundle when you book storage

    T+Cs apply

    This offer applies to new domestic customers only and is valid on sign up of a unit.

    Applies to customers at Wentloog and Llanishen only.

    Check out all our offers

    From £10 guaranteed cash through to £100 shopping vouchers, we’re throwing money in the air like we just don’t care!

    See all customer offers

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  3. Moving house during lockdown in Wales? Our ultimate ‘how to’ guide

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    People in Wales can begin ‘moving house’ again – but what do you need to do first?

    From Monday 22nd June 2020, Mark Drakeford has stated that ‘House viewings in vacant properties and home moves will be allowed, restarting the housing market’ in the latest Coronavirus announcement from BBC Wales.

    This is fantastic news for those who found themselves ‘in limbo’ during lockdown, unable to sell, buy or move properties – the housing market in Wales is now partially reopened, with a full reopening to follow at a later date.

    If you’re ready to restart your move at last, here’s how you can handle your self storage needs and stay safe while you move home during the current lockdown restrictions.

    Safety rules for moving house during lockdown in Wales

    Firstly, be aware of the rules

    While some restrictions have been lifted, there are still rules to follow to ensure you and all parties stay safe and protected during house sales, viewings and moving home.

    • Home moves can only go ahead providing the residential property has been vacant for at least 72 hours – so residents living in the home they’re selling will need to safely find somewhere else to stay
    • In situations where a sale has been agreed but not yet completed, people are allowed to move
    • The marketing and viewing of unoccupied residential properties can once again take place
    • Property valuations and inspections are allowed provided they are done in line with social distancing measures

    Moving house during lockdown - pick your closest Cardiff self storage facility
    Click the map to view both locations on Google Maps

    Choose your closest Cardiff storage facility within 5 miles

    Wherever you live in Cardiff, you’ll be able to select between our two storage facilities, in either Wentloog or Llanishen.

    For as long as the current 5 mile travel guidance remains in place, you can choose the site that best suits your safety and security needs.

    Wentloog     Llanishen


    How to enter our Llanishen storage facility, contact-free

    Use contact-free storage sites to stay safe when you visit

    Our team has worked hard to adapt our services to go ‘contact-free’ and digital, from signing up through to actually visiting our sites.

    Our Llanishen site uses automated barriers and QR codes on your phone to enter and exit, so you don’t need to touch any surfaces when you visit.

    Our Wentloog site has secure manned entry-points as you drive in, and our security staff are always safely 2 metres away from customers.

    Due to the set-up and size of both our Cardiff storage facilities, we guarantee that customers can maintain a safe, 2 metre distance at all times.

    Emily at blue self storage - email or phone to talk about storage for moving house

    Sign up for storage online or over the phone, contact-free

    Customers can now enquire, pay, sign contracts and receive their keys through an online / over-the-phone sign-up process, reducing the need for human contact.

    Email or call us to secure your storage unit in just a few minutes.

    That said, we understand not everyone has the access or ability to use the internet – so our staff are still on site, should you need to sign up in person, with rigorous hygiene and disinfecting measures in place.

    ✉️    info@blueselfstorage.co.uk

    ☎️    02920 361361

    Commercial storage in Cardiff

    Visit during off-peak hours for maximum safety

    If you’re not comfortable travelling during peak daily hours, both our storage sites are open 24/7, 365 days a year.

    You can visit either site at a time that suits you best, so you can avoid any potential risks and unwanted contact. Plus, with lockdown easing and more cars on the road, you can avoid queues and traffic jams by driving during quieter hours.

    How to save money moving house

    Save money with more affordable storage

    Moving house is already a drain on our bank accounts – moving house during lockdown is even trickier. The past few months have been hard for many of us, and we completely understand that saving money is more vital than ever.

    With our price-match promise, our prices are either the same or significantly cheaper than typical high street storage providers.

    If you’re new to storage and want to maximise your money, use our handy online tool Calcumate to figure out which size unit you need.


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    More useful resources for moving home

    Explore our articles. guides and top tips for making the move…

    Our top 10 things to remember when you’re moving home

    Ask the experts: Our top tips for maximising space in storage units

    Need help choosing a storage unit size? Our new Calcumate tool tells you just the size you need

    Our simple storage guide to stress-free downsizing

    ‘Does it spark joy?’ How to get rid of sentimental possessions

    Home staging: 8 tips to wow potential buyers

    How to choose the right size storage unit when you’re moving house

     

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  4. Our simple storage guide to stress-free downsizing

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    Moving into a new home that has a little less space? Not sure how you’re going to fit all your belongings in? Well, blue self storage is here to help you with downsizing.

    There are many advantages to downsizing. From topping up your retirement pot to a fresh start on a new path, moving into a new home can have many bonuses.

    We’ve even seen a few things about how, instead of downsizing, we should really call it right-sizing. And we like that because it’s about moving to a new home that is the right size for you; it may be a little smaller than before… but it’ll be easier to clean!

    Older couple by the sea for downsizing blog

    On top of that is the potential for equity release when you downsize. According to This Is Money, “On average, borrowers release £52,269 from their property, although they can take up to 50 per cent of their home’s value depending on their age.” Smaller homes can also mean lower energy bills. Yet it’s not always about money – you may simply want to put your affairs in order now rather than later.

    So why doesn’t everyone downsize? Because moving house can be super stressful for starters. And that’s before we get to sorting through a lifetime of boxes, trinkets and memories to fit into a smaller home. Whether you’re choosing to downsize or life is forcing your hand, there are certain things you can do to make this process easier.

    And one of those things is where blue self storage can really help.

    Take some of the stress and heartache out of downsizing by using self-storage. Especially for items you can’t bear to part with or furniture that won’t fit into your new home.

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    How do I start downsizing?

    The three key things when downsizing your home are…

    • Planning
    • Realism
    • Lists

    All this depends on the size of the property you’re moving into but you must be realistic on what you can take, what you can lose, and what you want to pass on.

    Couple looking at sunset for downsizing blog

    To start on this journey, which can be emotional, make a list of everything in your current home – and don’t forget the attic and the shed. Then categorise this list.

    Try titles like this for your downsizing list:

    • Essential items
    • Fit for the tip
    • For family and friends
    • Donate to charity
    • Not sure

    Once you’ve made this list go over it with family or friends. There may be items that they’d like that you haven’t considered. Alternatively, there may be things they don’t have space for at the moment. Rather than lose them forever, self-storage can be a solution.

    Next, it’s time to revise and refine this list before we go on to planning. Be ruthless but keep items that hold significant sentimental value. Even if you don’t use it very often or haven’t for a very long time, it’s not worth losing something you care about. Instead, consider popping it in storage for the time being. However, if the item has no practical purpose and little emotional value, it’s time to sell or donate.

    And truly acknowledge that this can be an emotional process. So you may find it easier to start in rooms or with items you know you’re not too sentimental about. This way you can build up some momentum before you get bogged down with memories.

    You may well find that after going through your possessions and putting them in lists, you’ve still got too much stuff for your new place. That’s fine and that’s natural. But before you go hell for leather and discard everything, it’s time to plan where everything is going to go in your new place.

    Whether you want to use an app like Sweet Home 3D or go with graph paper, carefully measure your new home. Next size up your furniture and belongings. Now you’re ready to plot where everything is going to go. It’s important to be accurate and be honest – you’ll quickly see how much space you have to play with.

    With your plan and your list, you’ll be able to lay out in front of you what you can take with you and what you can’t. Now your organisation is underway, let’s look at packing!

    How do you pack for downsizing?

    With your plan in hand, it’s time to box up everything and clearly label where it’s going in your new home.

    But before you pack everything away now is a good time to share items that family and friends want and need before the move. Also use separate areas for items that you’re donating, selling, or putting in self-storage. Keeping these away from the things you’re taking will also make the process simpler.

    Ensure you have lots of boxes (ideally ones that can stack), marker pens, and resealable plastic bags. Bubble wrap is also useful, as are vacuum bags for clothes. And have lots to hand. You don’t want to lose your packing momentum by stopping to get more.

    We just mentioned it but labels are so important when downsizing. Include clear instructions of where it’s going in your new home as well as the contents on the label.

    Also, accept that you’re likely to get rid of a few items that you may regret losing. You can talk this over with friends and family if they’re open to safeguarding certain items for you. Alternatively popping things in storage is a temporary solution that removes the headache for you.

    Yet our one key message on downsizing is this: Rid yourself of items you don’t really need without disposing of things that you do.

    Other things to consider before you downsize

    It’s important to assess your finances before downsizing. Fees, duty and taxes can quickly eat into the savings you can make doing it. So…

    You might want to have a look at the Money Advice Service’s guide to downsizing for more financial info.

    Car boot sign for blue self storage downsizing blog

    Finally:

    Moving into a smaller home doesn’t have to be a step-down. It can be hugely positive as well as a money-saver. And while sorting through your possessions can be stressful, using blue self storage for prized belongings you can’t bear to part with can help ease the strain.

    Have you downsized recently? Got any tips on what worked and what didn’t work for you? Let us know on our socials!

  5. Home staging: 8 tips to wow potential buyers

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    Home staging – otherwise known as making your home look attractive to prospective buyers – could be the difference between selling or not.

    Often, home owners will sell their house ‘as is’, with all of their belongings and furniture inside it. Why not, right?

    Well, according to Custom Home Staging and Design, “staged homes sell for about 6% more on average.”

    Without ‘staging your home’, you may be looking at reducing the listing price – not to mention that your home may hang around on the market for far longer than it needs to.

    Staged homes are, effectively, the difference between the pristine homes you see on Pinterest and any typical family home. Lived in, comfortable, chaotic – but perhaps not the best ‘sales pitch’.

    Photo credit: (L) katrinaleechambers.com / (R) managemyair.dk

    But where do you start with ‘home staging’?

    We’re sharing 8 easy tips below – but before that, we have one essential piece of advice to make your home desirable:

    Pretend it’s a 5 star hotel room you arrived at 5 minutes ago.

    Okay, it sounds weird, but hear us out… A 4 or 5 star hotel room comes with all the luxuries like little rolled towels in the bathroom, or freshly-cut flowers in a vase – but with the added extra of ‘life’ in the form of a pair of shoes, or a hanging robe, or an open book.

    You want your home to look perfect and sparkly, but you also want potential buyers to visualise themselves living there.

    No one actually visualises their clutter – instead, they imagine an aspirational version of their lives in your home. No mess, just beautiful, spacious rooms with a few of their most valuable belongings.

    So, if after this guide your bedroom feels like a luxury room with a few touches of life, you’re good to go!

    8 home staging tips to consider if you’re struggling to sell your house or flat…

     

    1. Declutter
    2. Dabble with rugs
    3. Bring in life with plants
    4. Banish bad odours
    5. Open your doors and your windows
    6. Use lots of mirrors
    7. Remove the pets
    8. Use Pinterest for inspiration

    Remove clutter in home staging

    1. Declutter your home

    A home full of furniture, odds-and-sods and stuff will not look appealing to homebuyers.

    Ideally, you want to maximise the space you have available to make your home to look as big and adaptable as possible.

    Putting your belongings in self storage while your house is on the market is a huge help.

    Ideally, you would store:

    • Large, non-essential furniture like unused desks
    • Bikes or recreational items you don’t use regularly
    • Boxes of paperwork, files, etc
    • Retro relics like computers, old TVs

    Use rugs in home staging

    2. Dabble with rugs

    Had the carpets down for a little while? Why not invest in a rug to freshen your floor up a little? It can really tie a room together.

    Depending on the rug, you can use it to bring a splash of colour and design to your rooms or make them more homely.

    It’s all about presenting the best image and possibilities for your house or flat.

    Plants in a staged home for added effect

    3. Breathe life into your home with plants

    Once you’ve put your non-essential items into storage, it’s time to bring a few things in – starting with plants.

    Plants are beautiful additions to any room, and add a pop of colour to an otherwise neutral palette.

    If you can’t keep a plant alive (and we’ve all been there) then a few fake plants dotted around are still aesthetically-pleasing.

    Use nice smells in home staging

    4. Eliminate bad smells

    This might be a bit of a no-brainer but bad odours are guaranteed to put off potential purchasers.

    Instead of going OTT with the Febreze, try the old estate agent trick or making coffee or baking bread or cakes. You could even leave these out as a welcome gift to people viewing your home – who doesn’t love free snacks?!

    Use open doors in home staging

    5. Open your doors and your windows

    While this’ll help with good odours, it’s also linked to psychology. Simply put, an open door is more welcoming than a closed one. It allows people to freely wander the property – and again, open doors, curtains and blinds allows more light in.

    Also make sure the key selling points of each room can be seen from the door, so people just popping their head in will immediately be impressed.

    Mirror for staging your home

    6. Use lots of mirrors

    Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s home will look bigger if I use them all? Another bit of a psychological ploy, but having mirrors around will make rooms look brighter and bigger.

    You can pick up vintage and ornate mirrors from charity shops – or you can get modern ones for cheap prices at IKEA.

    Take your dogs outside during a home viewing

    7. Remove the pets

    Not everyone likes dogs. Not everyone is a cat-lover. As amazing as they are, other people’s pets can be a turn-off for buyers – even if they have pets themselves!

    So if you’ve got a pet, it can be a good idea to not only take them out during home viewings, but also remove beds and toys too. And the cat litter tray. Definitely lose that.

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    8. Use Pinterest for inspiration

    From nifty storage ideas to super soft furnishings, Pinterest has lots of ways to present your home as a show home.

    We’ve got plenty of boards to help you find interior design inspiration.

    Extra tips on home staging

    • Shampoo the carpet – a dirty, dated carpet can indicate the house hasn’t been maintained. If you have exposed floorboards, consider waxing and fixing any creaky ones
    • Don’t go too far – you still want your house to look like a liveable home, so don’t strip it bare!
    • Shelve it – shelves are the big interior design trend this year
    • Give them some space – house viewers tend to feel more comfortable if the owners are not in when they visit a property
    • Wait for spring and summer – more homes are sold then compared to autumn and winter
    • Remember the garden – especially the front garden if you have one, as first impressions definitely matter

    Do you have any killer tips on home staging that we’ve missed out on?

    Let us know on our social channels…