Self Storage In Bedford, St Neots, Biggleswade & Sandy
Bedfordshire Storage provides a secure self storage facility in Bedfordshire, meaning that If you’re in Bedford, St Neots, Biggleswade or Sandy we’re close enough for you to store your items with us. We’re located approximately two miles from the Black Cat Roundabout In Great Barford. If you’re local to Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire or Northamptonshire we’re in the ideal place for self storage needs. We can offer a fully insured service with 24/7 access to your storage unit; so you can quickly grab any items you need from your unit at whatever time suits you best.
How much space will I need?
The amount of storage space you’ll need will depend on how many possessions you want to store. Perhaps you’re redecorating and just need some space while you do so? You could just want to store a few items to keep them tidy and out of your home. You could need to store the contents of your house while you wait to move. Different homes have differing amounts of items. So a storage unit that can hold one two-bedroom house might be excessive for another. Here at Bedfordshire Storage, we work with you to help you find the perfect size unit for your requirements.
Self Storage Unit Size Guide
20 ft unit / 160 sq. ft.
Just smaller than a full-size shipping container, this unit can potentially store the contents of a four-bedroom house. But at least a three bedroom house, along with the contents of the garage too! The 160 square foot unit is the same size as one and a half single garages. These units are ideal self storage for large house moves.
40 ft unit / 320 sq. ft.
This is one of the biggest storage units you can rent, being the size of two full-size shipping containers. It can fit enough furniture to fill a four- or five-bedroom house! This makes it ideal for larger house moves or storing cars or small boats. This size unit is also perfect for businesses wanting to store excess stock or equipment.
Choose the correct size unit
Hopefully, the above guide has made the unit sizes a little clearer for you. We know the importance of choosing the right size unit for your requirements. Too large and you’re wasting money, but too small and you won’t have enough space for your items. Here at Bedfordshire Storage, we work with you to make sure you rent the right size unit for your needs.
How much does self storage cost?
This depends on the size of the storage unit you choose. Our units start at the competitive price of £99 per month and range upwards from there.
Our prices are per calendar month, and there are no hidden fees. The price quoted is the price you’ll pay for the unit. Because we pride ourselves on being competitively priced, you can save money by paying in advance for multiple months. Come and speak to an advisor today for a quote.
What not to store in a self storage unit.
You’ve decided to hire a self storage unit at Bedfordshire Storage, and are planning what to put in it. There are actually a few types of items that cannot be stored in one of our storage units. If you’re unsure please don’t hesitate to ask.
This is one of the most frequently forgotten rules about self-storage. No food (and that includes pet food) should ever be stored in a self-storage unit. If you leave food unattended for long periods of time it will rot and the smell will attract insects and rodents. This will potentially lead to an infestation of the entire facility. These critters can nibble their way through your belongings and even build nests in them.
This may seem like an obvious one, but please don’t leave animals in storage units. Storage units aren’t well ventilated so are not suitable for pets. Chances are, it’ll end very poorly for them. The same applies to plants. Plants, living or dead, cannot be stored in a storage locker.
You are not allowed to turn a storage unit into a permanent residence or use them as an office. It may seem highly unlikely, but there have been recorded cases of people living in their storage lockers. This is dangerous and simply unsanitary as there are no bathroom facilities or anything else you need to be able to survive.
Items such as stolen goods, smuggled tobacco, unlicensed medicines and similar things cannot be stored in a storage unit.
Combustible, flammable materials, or chemicals
Chemicals and hazardous materials, along with flammable materials cannot be stored in one of our storage units at Bedfordshire Storage. This is because of the inherent risk they pose to the entire facility. Please don’t store gas, paint, petrol, propane tanks, acids, asbestos or toxic waste in your storage unit. If you’re unsure as to whether an item is something you cannot store with us, please feel free to ask a member of staff, who will be happy to clarify for you.
Although we have high-end security at Bedfordshire Storage, we’d still recommend you keeping money and very high-value objects somewhere more specialised, like a bank or secure deposit box or safe.
Self storage hints and tips
Bedfordshire Storage wants to help make your storage experience as efficient and painless as possible, so we’ve compiled a couple of handy lists for you to read through to make the most of your storage unit.
Making Effective Use of your Self Storage Unit
Prepare Your Items
Make sure that everything you want to put in the storage unit is prepared in advance. Clothing and any other fabric materials should be washed and dried before storing. This prevents them from getting mouldy or smelly in the unit. Fragile items should be bubble wrapped or wrapped in newspaper and should be the last things to enter the unit.
Plan how you want things stored before you store them. There’s nothing worse than filling a storage unit when you realise you need to store a large piece of furniture. Large items should go in first so it will be easier to place the smaller items around them.
Make a list of everything that’s going into storage so you can figure out what should go where. Make sure you can access items you’re going to need. Maybe even plan for a pathway through the unit if you’re not sure what items you’ll need access to.
At Bedfordshire Storage we work with Store and Insure to offer a fully insured service. Their cover is ‘new for old’ with no excess. This offers you peace of mind if you ever need to make a claim.
Clear Out Before Storing
Try to have a clear out before you transport everything over. Packing things up to go into storage is the perfect time to have a declutter and decide what you want to keep. Otherwise, you could end up spending money on a larger unit that you really need.
Bedfordshire Storage work with removals companies on a daily basis. So if you don’t fancy hiring a van and lugging everything yourself we can recommend someone to help. Feel free to ask us for recommendations of removals companies. They’ll load everything into their own van and move it into your unit. So you don’t have to worry about a thing.
Time, time, time!
Leave yourself enough time to get everything ready for moving to the storage unit. If you start packing the night before you’re due to move, it’s likely that you’ll end up with every single box labelled ‘miscellaneous’. This will make it very hard to find anything. Poor packing also means that your items could get broken or damaged due to the lack of planning. Packing is a tedious job but doing it right the first time will save you a lot of time and annoyance in the future.
Packing Tips from Bedfordshire Storage
Use the right size boxes
Use smaller boxes for heavy things such as books and crockery. Use the larger boxes for lighter things such as bedding, or toys. Avoid using black bags for packing as these are difficult to label and they tear easily.
Don’t overfill your boxes
If you cannot comfortably lift a full box, chances are you have overfilled it. Make sure all heavy items are on the bottom of the box to provide a stable base. This will also ensure that they don’t squish lighter items. Ensure that boxes are not overfilled and bulging so that they can be stacked safely.
On the other hand, also don’t underfill the boxes either. If you do this, the contents could shift in transit, meaning they could get damaged. Underfilled boxes can also get squashed by heavier boxes or items. If you really can’t put anything else in the box, try using packing peanuts to fill the empty space without adding too much weight to the box.
Use specialised boxes where necessary
Save time and effort packing by using wardrobe boxes whenever appropriate. These enable you to pack clothes directly from your wardrobe into a box and will make unpacking easier. These boxes prevent wrinkling and damage to clothes as well as saving you all that folding time.
Tape the boxes
Taping the boxes closed means you’re unlikely to lose anything from inside them. It also helps them keep their structure making it easier to stack them.
Label your boxes
Make sure that you label each box in black marker with what it contains. This will help you to find things when you need to. If you’re moving to a new house, consider labelling them with which room to make it easier to unload. Don’t forget to label which way up the boxes should be stacked. This will make sure that any fragile items inside are safe.
Cover your furniture
To help prevent any damage to your furniture, cover them with sheets or specific furniture covers. Take cushions off sofas and chairs. Then either wrap them or use plastic bags to help keep them in top condition.
Disassemble as much as possible
Try to dismantle furniture wherever possible to make it easier to store. Take the legs off of tables if you can, to enable you to fit them into your storage unit more comfortably. Remember to keep all the parts together and somewhere safe, so you don’t lose them!
Self Storage Hacks by Bedfordshire Storage
Invest in some vacuum bags
Vacuum bags have become very popular in recent years. They are fantastic for minimising the amount of space that bedding, cushions, clothes and similar, take up. These bags, available in many different shops, are airtight, keeping your belongings safe from damp and dust.
Take a camera with you
You might want to consider taking a camera with you and taking pictures of where you’re putting particular items. Another handy idea is to take pictures of the contents of boxes and affix them to the outside of the box. Also consider writing a list of the contents of the boxes on the side of the boxes themselves.
Use the correct boxes
It might be tempting to buy a whole load of large boxes. However, this is not a good idea. If you fill a large box with books, for example, it becomes too heavy to move. Half filling one with books and filling the rest of the space with pillows also isn’t ideal. Although the box is now easier to move, you’ve mixed and matched your belongings. It’s unlikely that you’ll be able to find things with ease. Make sure you’ve got the right sized boxes for the job and keep all like items together.
Utilise any hollow furniture
Make use of the space inside any furniture to maximise the amount of storage space you have available. Shelf units, chests of drawers and bedside tables can all be used as extra storage. You can also stack boxes onto seats of armchairs and sofas if it is safe to do so.
Either make sure that you still have the instructions (IKEA furniture usually has copies online) or that you take photos as you’re disassembling the furniture so that you can be sure to be able to put it back together again. We also recommend collecting all of the screws and other bits and bobs that go with the furniture and keeping them in a zippered sandwich bag. You can tape this to the biggest part of the dismantled furniture to prevent them from getting lost.
Stack with a plan
There is, in fact, a clever way to stack your boxes and furniture. Get it right, and you’ll have a much easier time. It’ll also maximise the amount of space in the unit for your belongings. If you know that you’ll need access to things, make sure that you leave a pathway for yourself. Ensure that large furniture is stored around the edges of the storage unit where possible. Store the heavier things at the bottom with the lighter or more fragile things on top. This is for both creating space, and simple health and safety. Also, be sure not to stack things too high for you to be able to retrieve them again.