The Do’s and Don’ts of Self Storage

Staff at Permian Self Storage have put together this list of do’s and don’ts to help you plan your storage!

Do – Measure Before You Book a Self Storage Facility

Knowing how many items you need to put in storage is a must before booking your self storage space. Calculate and measure your space requirements because moving large furniture and having it not fit through the door only adds more time and effort to the move.

Do – Ensure Close Proximity to Your Home

When looking for a self storage facility, look for one that will be close to your home or office location as you want to ensure that it’s not too far away if you need to access your personal or business items on a regular basis. This will ensure convenience and reduce the stress of having your items in storage.

Do – Pack Your Items Correctly and Store Them Properly

Keep in mind the types of items you will be storing and ensure these are packed correctly – for example, don’t place heavy items on more fragile ones. If there are certain items you need to access regularly, keep these in an easy to access location in the self storage unit.

Don’t – Store Perishable Items

When looking to place items in storage, ensure you are aware of the things you are allowed to keep in there. Food will attract a lot of rodents and pests, which might, in turn, damage other items. Remember we have a hot summer! Humidity means mold grows easily while your goods are in storage. Reduce the incidence of mold forming, by cleaning and drying your goods when putting them in storage.

Don’t – Leave Your Storage Decision to the Last Minute

You need to select the right storage unit based on size, price and convenience and if you leave this to the last minute, you may not be able to effectively do this – it shouldn’t be a decision you rush into. Further, we may not have the right size for you, but if you call us early enough we can reserve one for 2 weeks for you at no extra charge.

Don’t – Move into a Storage Facility Without Insurance

Does your current home insurance policy cover personal items in storage? If not, we can provide you with insurance through Midlands Insurance starting from $19 per month (minimum 3 months payment). You don’t need to have insurance but we definitely recommend it.

Are you looking for help with selecting your self storage needs? Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have.

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Preparing Your Car for Self Storage at Permian Wollongong

Whether you’re going on holidays or received a temporary job offer interstate, most of us will need car storage in Wollongong at some point. Preparing your car is vitally important to ensure it is ready to go when you return. Permian Self Storage have put together a checklist to help minimise overwhelm and to help you get the best from your vehicle.

1. Call Permian Self Storage

– Once you decide that you will need car storage in Wollongong, give Permian a call to reserve a parking space (subject to availability). We can hold units for up to 2 weeks with no deposit.

2. Keep it covered

– Preferably you can store your car in fully enclosed car garage however if that’s not an option, one of the easiest and most important things to do is put a cover over your car while it’s in storage. This will prevent sun damage and prevent dirt and leaves from building up in the crevices. You also need to ensure that the cover isn’t lose as this would lift up the debris and cause scratches on the paintwork over time.

3. Clean it

– It may seem counter intuitive to clean your car when your not going to use it for an extended period of time however this is also very important. Dirt buildup leads to rust and leaving the interior dirty can create unpleasant smells for when you return. Further, there’s nothing better than returning to a sparkling clean car!

4. Change the oil (long term)

– If you are leaving for more than a couple of months, drain and refill the oil so the dirty oil isn’t left sitting in the tank.

5. Fill the tank

– Do the same for the fuel tank if going for a long time. It also helps to have fuel in the tank for when you return.

6. Keep it charged

– If it’s an older car, you can disconnect the negative charge or purchase a trickle charger for a newer car which gives the battery just enough charge to prevent it from dying.

7. Don’t use the parking brake

– Keeping the parking brake on while you’re away will wear it down. Make sure you use wheel chocks to keep your car in place.

8. Keep pests out

– If you were to safely keep your car at Permian Self Storage we have regular pest control however you can never be too safe. Don’t forget to remove all foods and liquids from the car and put rags or tap in any holes to prevent bugs getting in.

9. If its an auto leave it in Park, manual leave it in gear

10. Mechanic’s advice

– Even though we have a lot of experience with storing vehicles, we are not mechanics and it is always best to check with one that you trust before doing anything further.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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Self Storage Solutions For Sentimental Items

Sometimes you need more storage solutions for sentimental items like souvenirs or heirlooms that you want to keep but there just isn’t enough room in the house. Starting at just $40 per month, self storage units with Permian Self Storage are the perfect solution to declutter your home. Keep reading to discover Permian’s staff tips for safely storing sentimental items!

1. Sort your sentimental items

– First things first, get all your items out and sort them into what you want to keep on display in the home, what you want to donate or throw out, and what you want to place into storage.

2. Keep your favourites on display at home, without the clutter

– Once you have decided on your favourite items, find a clutter-free way to put them on show around the home. Fragile items can be put in a display case. Or why not make a scrapbook or wall art of all your tickets and photos from around the world? That way visitors will easily be able to see what means most to you.

3. Pack away everything else safely, and with easy access

– There’s nothing worse than opening your storage unit to find a particular item and you have no idea where to start. To help combat this, store bulkier items in clear plastic boxes so you can easily see the contents at a glance. The lids snap tight to prevent them falling out if they fall over and stack on top of each other for easy storage. For fragile items, wrap them in bubble wrap which you can buy at Permian Self Storage. We would also recommend packing fragile clothing in vacuum-sealed bags.

4. Allow yourself plenty of time

– Sorting through sentimental items can be emotionally taxing if you are an empty nester or are sorting through a loved one’s old belongings. Having everything sorted into boxes labelled ‘rubbish’, ‘to store’, ‘to display’ as well as an ‘unsure’ box can take the pressure off deciding whether to keep or throw out. If you go through the ‘unsure’ box and display or throw out one more thing, it is a win.

5. Move into a storage unit at Permian Self Storage

– If you’re not quite ready to throw out anything just yet, or still don’t have enough space in the home after clearing, storage is the perfect solution for you. Once you have everything boxed up and ready to go, simply contact the friendly staff at Permian Self Storage in Wollongong and they will advise what size unit you will need. With units ranging from 1m3 to 55m3 (subject to availability), please don’t hesitate to contact us to find the perfect one for your needs.

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Self Storage For Apartment Living

As cities are becoming more crowded and people are living closer together, self storage has become an even more popular option for apartment living. Wollongong has a population of almost 300,000 as of 2016 and is on the rise, meaning a higher demand for housing and increase of people living in apartments. Downsizing to a smaller apartment sometimes means becoming more minimal in your belongings, but doesn’t mean you always have to miss out on the things you love. Here’s why using a storage unit could transform a small living space and make the best of your apartment lifestyle.

1. Self Storage is Great for Seasonal Storage

Why let your snow gear take up room in your apartment when the Australian summer is blasting 40 degree days? The surf boards that are awkward and big don’t need to be taking up space in an already condensed living situation. Keep your apartment as a living space and utilise a storage unit as an external cupboard that stores the Christmas decorations, camping gear or even a surprise birthday present. At Permian Self Storage in Wollongong we have a range of small units that can hold from a couple of boxes up to a large walk in wardrobe size and bigger depending on your needs.

2. Self Storage Allows for Better Organisation

Having the extra space to see and organise your belongings allows you to better manage how you live life. It is proven that clutter can negatively effect your life and have serious impacts on your mental health through increased stress, unhealthy eating and loss of productivity (ABC NEWS). Apartment living already confines you to less space so it’s best to be proactive in your organisation. Divide your wardrobe, sort and store documents and be creative in how you use your space. Come talk to the team at Permian Self Storage and we can help you choose the space that suits you best.

3. Self Storage for Retirees

As you get older there isn’t a need for a big house anymore with many retirees choose to downsize their living situation and move into an apartment instead. A self storage unit is great for retirees living in apartments as it gives them a space to keep the sentimental belongings they’ve collected over the years and the things they need once in a while. For example, at Permian Self Storage some of our older customers keep their grandchildren’s toys and beds for when they come visit, or even utilize our parking spots for their caravan. Our facility is only 5 minutes from Wollongong CBD and makes for a great option for retirees needing a solution to the lack of storage in apartments.

4. Self Storage While Moving

A storage unit is also great whist you’re in between moves and possibly looking at downsizing to an apartment. It’s a great option if you still have items that you still need to get rid of, sell or sort through such as excess furniture and household items. At Permian we also have a truck that is free to use when moving in to our units and trailers that are free to use at any time. This allows the transition of moving and downsizing to apartment living much easier and give you time and the space you need in the rush and stresses of moving.

Want to see how a storage unit can change your apartment lifestyle? Come talk to our friendly staff at Permian Self Storage in Wollongong and we will be happy to help. Don’t hesitate to contact us!

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Top 10 Tips For Moving Large Furniture

Moving large furniture can seem like an impossible task but we hope these tips below will help you move everything safely and easily. Here at Permian Self Storage in Wollongong we take the safety of our clients extremely seriously. It may seem easier to just call a costly removalist, but we will show you it is just as simple to do it yourself with a little help from your favourite self storage team!

1. Take precautions to prevent injury when moving large furniture

– Lift with your legs, not with your back
– Bend at the knees, not at the waist
– Wear clothing that won’t snag on corners
– Always wear enclosed shoes

2. Carry tall items high and low

– Make carrying tall book cases or cabinets a two-person job. Tilt the furniture backwards and have one person pick up the bottom while the other carries the top. This will centre it’s weight and stop it from swinging, which makes it easier to carry. This also makes going up and down stairs easier as it matches the angle of the stairs.

3. Hook chairs around corners

– Large chairs can be the hardest thing to transport even though it isn’t the heaviest. To move a large chair through doors simply turn it on its side so it looks like an “L” and then curl it around the door frame to make for simple moving. If you can, even remove the chair’s feet or the back.

4. Don’t carry large furniture, slide

– Slide your furniture instead of carrying it but make sure your floor is protected with towels or cardboard. This is so you don’t damage the floors or furniture.

5. Protect large furniture with blankets and plastic

– When packing ensure you invest in high-quality packing material. For large furniture you may choose to cover them in blankets but don’t forget about the damage they could cause to smaller, more fragile items while in the moving van. Store these items in sturdy double lined boxes and bubble wrap. At Permian we sell a range of moving boxes and materials.

6. Take apart as much of the large furniture as possible

– Bulky furniture such as beds and tables are much easier to move once they are disassembled. It may be more work to begin with but it is much easier to carry smaller elements. This also makes it easier to protect from damages with less chance of dropping and bumping.

7. Remove the door from its hinges

– No matter how many parts of a piece of large furniture you can remove, sometimes it just won’t go through the door. In this case, removing the door from its hinges is the easiest and best solution. You only need a screwdriver to remove the screws from the hinges.

8. Rent an affordable storage unit on the ground floor

– If you’ve decided to make the excellent choice of storing your furniture at Permian, you don’t have to go through the struggle of trying to push everything through a door frame. Simply ask our friendly staff to show you to an affordable storage unit on the ground floor which make the moving process even easier!

9. Ask for Permian Self Storage’s help

– You may not have been able to drag your brother-in-law or cousins to help you move but you are not alone! If you need help when moving large furniture and boxes upstairs to your rental unit our forklift drivers are more than happy to help. Don’t worry about booking, they’re on-site all day every day. We also have trolleys to help you roll everything throughout the storage facility. Staff are not available to physically move items themselves, only to transport items upstairs with the forklift.

10. Use our moving truck or trailers

– Don’t have a big car available when moving large furniture? That’s okay! Permian Self Storage has a truck free for move-ins complete with a trolley and ropes. Simply be over 25, have a drivers license and you are good to go! After the first move-in, truck use is available for $25 per hour + $0.35 per kilometer at a 2 hour minimum.
– Trailers are also available to clients free of charge at all times

Have any further questions? Get in touch with the team in Wollongong. Contact us today.

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The Benefits of Indoor Units

Indoor storage units provide many options, however, most people immediately go straight to an outdoor unit when presented the choice. Opting for the drive up option of a ground level unit, so not to carry things very far. If you are moving furniture or plan to access your belongings regularly, then a outdoor unit is most likely for you. If not, maybe it’s time to consider another alternative.

The Benefits

Indoor units provide a lot of advantages most people don’t know about. One of the main benefits being the environmental protection it provides, especially if they are second level. Compared to outside units, which receive more heat and dust exposure, inside units are completely enclosed and therefore are not as prone to dirt. This means your belongings are more likely to remain cleaner and be accessible rain, hail or shine.
Additionally the range of sizes available in internal units allows you to specifically decide the one best for you. With this flexibility it really is easy to customise your experience in choosing a unit to suit you individual needs, whether it’s storing season items such as surf boards or snow gear, or for business stock with shelving holding product for multiple employees. You can also switch units at any time if your storage requirements change, allowing us to customise your storage needs to you.

At Permian Self Storage

On site, in addition to our outdoor units, we have Wollongong self storage units based inside a building that opens into hallways where everything is fully enclosed, allowing you to access your goods no matter the weather. We also have second and third level units that add that extra layer of protection between your goods and the elements by placing them further in the building.
Now I know what you’re thinking. “I can’t carry everything up the stairs, that’s too difficult!” Well here at Permian we have a forklift driver on site at all times that can bring your items to you, so it takes away a lot of the stress of getting your possessions up to your unit.
We also have a building that has an automated lift, where you needn’t worry about the availability of the forklift driver, and you can work at your own pace. This is a fantastic feature if you’re planning on storing for a long period of time as it allows you to pack and sort your goods with the extra layer of safety and security, knowing you’re in control.

What’s available?

There is a huge variety of sizes on offer from something as small as 1m3 to 24m3 and even 37m3 second level balcony units. Smaller internal units allow for all those household items or documents to stay secured and clean until you need them next. Larger units allow you to store bigger items like furniture and mattresses, with room to move around and arrange everything for you to see and retrieve. Interested in what sizes we have available? Click here.
You can access your items as much or as little as you like within our opening hours. You secure a lock, which you can buy here or bring your own, and keep the key. That means you and whoever you give permission to enter are the only ones that can get into your unit.

How you get one

All you need to do is contact our friendly staff and talk to them about what size unit you would need. The best way to approximate though is come to the facility to see the units, where it is easier to imagine your stored goods when standing in the space. You can sign up and move in on the day and if you find that you didn’t choose the right size, no need to worry as you can switch to a bigger or smaller unit as you need it.
If you’re ready to experience the benefits of an internal unit please contact us or drop into our office at 100 Montague St, North Wollongong.

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