Airbnb host – how to prepare your home

If you’ve got space to spare, turning your home into an Airbnb can be a great way to make some extra cash. Airbnb listings in Australia are rapidly growing and are becoming more sought after than other accommodation options. Whether you’re travelling overseas or simply investing in your property. Listing it on Airbnb can be a cheaper and more convenient alternative to renting through a real estate agent.

However, there’s a lot more to being an Airbnb host than you’d think. You need to declutter your home and possibly place your possessions in self storage. Safe proof your home so that it’s safe for family with children. Talk to your neighbours and let them know, as well as a range of other things that will be covered below. 

What is Airbnb?

Airbnb first came to life in 2008 when two designers rented out their free space to some travellers. Now, millions of people choose to either host or rent through Airbnb. It offers a range of advantages to both guests and hosts. For the hosts it offers; free listings, setting their own price and more control. While the guests have; wide selection, customizable searches and additional services. 

The first step to setting up your home

You don’t want be leaving any personal possessions in your house when hosting Airbnb guests. Guests will generally expect the same through an Airbnb as they would a hotel; clean, neat and minimalist. Therefore, you can’t have things lying around. Simply furnish the house with basic necessity’s like any other accommodation would. An ideal and convenient solution to your clutter could be renting a self storage unit. Using self storage is a great option as it’s safe, secure and gives you access whenever you need. 

Furniture considerations 

When renting out your home to guests you might want to consider the future of your furniture. If your furniture is valuable or sentimental it’s probably best to store it in a self storage unit and replace it with cheaper alternatives. This will avoid spills, stains rips or other damages. Rather than run the risk of damage to your expensive furniture, simply replace it with something less expensive. 

Fix hazards

There should be no safety hazards in your Airbnb home. This includes things such as; exposed wires, tripping hazards, water leaks and any other thing that has the potential to cause injury. 

Safety measures

Another very important step is to make sure your home is safe. Ensure that your home is fitted with up to date smoke detectors, fire extinguishers and first aid kits. These are crucial factors to ensuring your home is safe. Also, if you’re looking to target your property at holiday families it’s best to child proof your home. This could include child safe draws and cupboards. As well as making sure dangerous goods and equipment are out of reach. 

Equip your home

Like any accommodation, Airbnb’s also need to be equipped to make your guests stay easy and pleasant. Common things could be; towels, extra blankets, extra pillows and linens. As well as kitchen utensils and electrical’s. A great tip could be to check out what your competitors offer, and then work from that. 

Some more examples are: 

  • coffee maker
  • basic food items (seasonings, sugar, butter)
  • cleaning supplies
  • basic toiletries 
  • bin liners 
  • extra light bulbs
  • a selection of DVD’s 
  • playing cards

Furthermore, these things may not all be necessities. But, they can help you to earn better reviews for your home, which will then attract more guests. 

Leave instructions for your guests

If you want your guests to follow the rules you should make a list of those rules. As well as list other detailed information that may be needed. It’s more convenient for both you and your guests if you leave a detailed list of instructions. This will help to avoid guests trying to contact you with minor questions that could be answered on a list. Simply leave some information regarding; rules, what guests can and can’t use and instructions on how to use ovens, stoves, etc.

You’re ready to become an Airbnb host!

Once you’ve made sure that your home is safe, hazard free and equipped with all of the necessities. As well as stored your furniture and other valuables in a self storage unit or storage shed, you’ll be ready to become an Airbnb host. Becoming an Airbnb host is as simple and easy as that. It’s now time to make some extra cash!

Lastly, if you’re looking for somewhere to store your furniture and valuables, Store Ur Stuff is a great option. With a range of safe and secure storage options to choose from. As well as being conveniently located. Store Ur Stuff is the ideal Adelaide storage solution for all of your storage needs. Enquire and book online today, or call our friendly staff on 08 8371 0000.

How Self Storage can help an online / E-commerce / small / startup business

Is your home getting cluttered with paperwork and stock? Do you have documents strewn across your lounge and kitchen bench? If so, it’s probably time to start thinking about moving your at home business elsewhere, or at least some of it.

Depending on what your small business is and what your storage provider allows. A commercial storage unit can provide you with all of the amenities you need to run your business efficiently. Using business storage will mean less clutter in your home and more space for storing business materials such as; files, archives and stock. As well as provide you with more ‘office’ space at home and allow you to be more organised.

Commercial storage can be a great option for small, E-commerce or online businesses. However, if you’re thinking of extending your small business it’s great to look into your options first and what it is that you actually require. Here are some great tips and information to help you choose what’s best for you and your business.

Talk to your commercial storage provider

It’s best to discuss with your storage provider what it is that you can and can’t do with your commercial storage unit. Some storage facilities may allow you to have customers come and go as you like, and some may not. For example, a storage unit can be great if you’re running a small thrift shop. If your commercial storage provider lets you, you can meet customers and conduct sales out of your unit. However, you need to discuss this first and ensure that it’s okay to do so.

Pros of using business storage

Choosing to use commercial storage for your business will not only benefit you, but it will also benefit; your house, the people living with you, and of course, your business. Running a business from home can be overwhelming and eventually you will run out of room. Renting a self storage unit will help you to declutter your work space and organise your inventory, as well as a range of other things. Not to mention it’s also budget friendly.

Reduce Clutter

Your at home space for your small business may be crammed full of excess stock, equipment and documents. In many instances, these items are often unused and not needed on a daily basis. Using business storage is a great way to declutter and also helps to create more working space for your home office. Furthermore, a commercial storage unit can be great for storing; documents, archives, stock and old office equipment. As well as a range of other materials.

Security Features

Another great pro to using business storage is knowing that your items will be safe and secure. Unlike your home, most storage facilities will be fitted with CCTV surveillance, key coded gates and other security features. Increase your peace of mind by knowing that your expensive stock and important documents are safe and secure.

Furthermore, at Store Ur Stuff we provide safe and secure Adelaide storage with; 24hr surveillance cameras, key coded gates and alarm systems. Visit our website or contact us on 08 8371 0000 for more information.

Convenient and Flexible

Using commercial storage can be convenient and flexible. Most storage facilities offer 24hr access, meaning you can come and go as you please. This can be super beneficial to your business, especially if your home is nearby. Self storage can also be convenient as your customers can visit you at your storage unit (if your storage provider allows it) rather than your home. Therefore, helping you to keep your work and home life separate.

Cost Effective

Self storage is probably the most cost effective solution to your home-based business. Forget about those expensive power bills and committing to a long term rental contract. When using commercial storage, you don’t have the stress of paying power bills, water bills or any other cost that would come with renting a small building. All you have to worry about is paying your monthly fee.

Additionally, at Store Ur Stuff we offer a range of business storage solutions starting from as little as $168 a month. Plus no lock in contracts and minimum of 1 month stay!

Businesses you can run from a self storage unit

General Business Storage

Whether you’re working from a big or small office, running out of storage room can often be an issue. Storing your; excess stock, archives, files and old business equipment is a great way to free up space in your office. This could also be a great way to make room for another employee if needed.

Online Business

Running an online business from a small or at home space can be difficult. Whether it be on Ebay, Etsy or even a business through an Instagram account. You’re going to need space to not only work, but to also store your stock. A commercial storage unit can be a great way to keep your stock organised all in the one place. As well as ensure that it’s safe and secure at a storage facility. Furthermore, you could use your storage unit to sort through stock, pack products ready to send, or even as a photo studio for your products.

Handy Man

As a handy man you may have a lot of expensive tools and work gear that probably takes up a lot of space at home. If so, a commercial storage unit can be a great place to store all of these items. This can be super beneficial if your home is far away from the location’s you usually work at. Choose to use a storage facility in a convenient location, that way you can stop in and grab tools as you need during your work day.

Second Hand / Thrift Store

Depending on laws and what your storage provider allows, you could run a thrift shop out of your commercial storage unit. A storage unit could be used to store your stock as well as meet customers and conduct sales from. This would be a much cheaper alternative to renting a small building. Plus you could choose from a range of storage unit sizes. Furthermore, a commercial storage unit would also be great for solely storing excess stock.

Property Styling & Home Staging

Commercial storage can also be a great alternative if you’re running a small property styling business. Renting a large building can be expensive and it can sometimes be hard to find one in the right location. Furthermore, a storage unit would not only be cheaper, but also be more convenient as you can choose a location closer to where you need (there are lot’s of Adelaide storage units to choose from). This way you know that your expensive furniture and decor is safe and secure and you can come and go as you please.

Time to move your business in to commercial storage!

As mentioned above, using self storage for business purposes can be beneficial for many reasons. It’s cheaper, more convenient, safe and secure and you can access your goods whenever you need. Commercial storage is great for businesses such as; thrift shops, handy mans, online shops and home stylists. Plus many more!

Furthermore, there are many storage facilities in Adelaide which means more variety in size, location and price. Rather than what you would have if you were looking for a building space. In addition, Store Ur Stuff is great for commercial storage as we offer a range of storage sizes from indoor to outdoor. As well as offer competitive pricing and a safe and secure facility. View pricing and more information on our website, or alternatively call us on 08 8371 0000.

Lastly, prior to renting a storage unit you should always check with the self storage manager on what it is that you can and can’t do from your commercial storage.

Easter Long Weekend – National Park Camping Spots in SA

It’s almost Easter, which means a four day long weekend and an excuse to grab your caravan and head out camping. However, you may not have had enough time to look for the best campsites to stay at. Additionally, camping can be a fun activity for the whole family to get away and spend some quality time together. But what makes a camping trip even more fun? National park camping of course! South Australia is full of beautiful outback scenery and numerous national parks. Whether you’re wanting to camp beach side or more outback, our national parks offer something for every camper. For some great tips on what national park you should camp at over the Easter long weekend continue reading!

Gawler Ranges National Park

The Gawler Ranges National Park is about a 9 hour drive from Adelaide. Even though it is a little bit of a commute, it’s well worth the scenic drive. The Ranges boast beautiful outback scenery and is a place full of history, conservation and Aboriginal culture. Whilst camping at the Gawler Ranges you can explore the gorgeous landscapes that were formed by a volcanic eruption over 1500 million years ago. Or keep your eye out for some of the wildlife such as; the southern hairy nosed wombat, yellow-footed rock-wallaby, emus and kangaroos. The National Park is over 1629 square kilometres and consists of seven different campsites. Head to the Gawler Ranges for a great caravan getaway!

Coffin Bay National Park

If you’re looking for National Park camping along the coast, the Coffin Bay National Park is the spot for you! With budget camping prices, pristine beaches and massive sand dunes. This National Park is a great spot to getaway with your friends and family for the weekend. While you’re there you can enjoy fishing, sailing, scuba diving or even check out the near by towns such as; Elliston, Port Lincoln, Tumby Bay and Streaky. Again, there are plenty of campsites throughout this National Park. Choose from 7 different campsites all starting from only $12 a night. Grab the caravan, pack your camping gear and head to the beautiful country town of Coffins Bay for the weekend.

Lincoln National Park

Another great National Park camping spot is the Lincoln National Park. If you’re looking for somewhere to spend a weekend bush walking, fishing, camping, 4 wheel driving or even whale watching. This is the ideal location for you! Suitable for both 4wd and 2wd, depending on which bush track you take of course. Whilst camping in the National Park make sure you take some time to explore the beautiful coastal lines surrounding it and keep an eye out for the secluded rock pools. Furthermore, Lincoln National Park is easy to access and offers 16 different campgrounds. You can even book your National Park camping pass online, it’s as simple as that.

Deep Creek Conservation Park

If you’re from Adelaide and wanting to get away for the Easter long weekend, but not wanting to spend too much time on the road, this is a great camping location for you. Deep Creek Conservation Park is only a quick 1 and a half hour trip from Adelaide. This National Park offers 5 different campgrounds and boasts beautiful scenic views, as well as native wildlife. Spend a weekend at Deep Creek and enjoy bush walking, bird watching and the simple outdoor camping life.

Coorong National Park

There’s something for everyone at the Coorong National Park. Whether your wanting to go bird watching, kayaking, boating, fishing or 4 wheel driving. The Coorong is ideal for a weekend away camping and no more than a 2 hours drive from the Adelaide CBD. There’s over 12 different camp grounds there, so if you’ve left it till last minute to organise your camping spot don’t stress. Pack your caravan with all of your essential camping gear and head to the Coorong for the Easter long weekend.

Innes National Park

Head to Innes National Park over the Easter long weekend and explore the many aspects of this camping location. Innes boasts crystal blue beaches, sand dunes, rugged cliffs and friendly wildlife. Perfect for a weekend away, or even just a day trip if you’re close by. If you enjoy fishing, camping, bush walking or just soaking up the outdoors. This is the spot for you! Sometimes you can even get a surf in at one of the many beaches here. Whether you’re planning to bring the caravan, camper van or your just planning to pitch a tent for the night. One of the 8 campsites here is sure to suit your needs.

Time to Head Home

Unfortunately every long weekend must come to an end, and this means packing up your caravan and heading home. After spending a weekend away camping in a National Park it’s always important to ensure you thoroughly clean your motor home afterwards. Furthermore, this helps to make sure it is ready to hit the road again as soon as you are. Read one of our recent blogs on “how to prepare your caravan for storage” for some great cleaning tips.

Storing your Caravan, RV or Motor home

Often the Easter long weekend is your last chance to get away camping. Once this is over we welcome Winter and the cooler months, which means staying rugged up at home and limited long weekends. So what are you going to do with your caravan now? If you don’t have storage room at home for it, or you’d rather keep it out of the way, self storage can be a great option. Putting your caravan in storage can help to keep it away from the weathers elements. As well as keep it secure and well protected. If you have never used self storage before and are unsure what provider to choose, read this blog for some great tips.

Safe & Secure Storage at Store Ur Stuff

At Store Ur Stuff we provide safe and secure self storage options. Whether you’re looking to store your caravan, motor home, rv or even your van. We have the perfect solution for you. Our outdoor vehicle storage is super affordable and conveniently located. Access your vehicle at any time with our 24 hour access, and know that your vehicle is secure with pin coded gates and CCTV surveillance. Furthermore, view our pricing guide for our Adelaide self storage, as well as other storage options.

Lastly, our vehicle storage is stress free, simple and affordable. Enquire online today, or give our friendly staff a call on 08 8371 0000.

Tips for Boat Storage

Is it time to put your boat in boat storage? Do you know how to prepare your boat for storage? Whether you want to store your boat during the cooler months, or you just don’t have enough space at home. Self storage is the best option when it comes to wanting to store your boat. Indoor or outdoor storage, either way you need to ensure you prepare your boat prior to putting it in storage. This will help to avoid any damage to the outside of the boat, inside of the boat and the motor. Here are some tips and tricks on how to best store your boat.

Clean inside the boat

Cleaning the inside of your boat prior to putting it in storage is a very important step to maintaining your vessel. You should remove any items that will leave an odour such as fishing buckets and baits. Clean out your fridge and leave the door partially open, and if you have any water ski equipment ensure that they are clean and dry to avoid mould growth. It’s also important to wash down all hard surfaces and try your best to remove any salt residual and other build ups. As well as cleaning and conditioning your upholstery. Most importantly though, make sure the inside of your boat is dry and no moisture is trapped inside. Moisture will cause odours and mould, which you do not want.

Clean outside the boat

The best way to start to cleaning the outside of your boat is to hose it off with fresh water. This will help to remove salt and any loose debris. Using a pressure washer when hosing off your boat is also an added bonus as this will really help to get those stubborn spots. Once you have finished hosing your boat off, continue to wash it with specialised boat cleaner and lather the outside to remove all grime. After that apply some boat protector to the outside. Now you’re ready for the next step!

Mechanical checks before storing your boat

Change your oil

Changing your oil is also important to maintaining your boats engine. It’s best to run your engine and warm it up for a few minutes and then perform a full oil change. As well as change the filter. It’s easy enough to perform an oil change yourself. However if you don’t feel comfortable doing so take it to your nearest boat mechanic.

Make sure there is fuel in your boat

It is also important to store your boat with a full tank of fuel. This will help to stop moisture collecting in the tank and also works as a stabiliser to the fuel. Preventing damage and degrading to the fuel tank.

The battery

Remove your battery and connect it to a charger whilst your boat is in storage. This will help to make sure it remains in good working order and is ready to go when you next need it.

Boat trailer maintenance

The storage process of your trailer is just as important as is your boat. It’s as easy as taking a quick trip to the service station and checking your tyre pressure. Cleaning it thoroughly to ensure there is no salt or debris that can cause rust. Lubricating your trailer hitches and applying grease to any points where corrosion may form. Then when your boat and trailer are in storage make sure you move the trailer every now and then to avoid flat spots on the rubber.

Cover your boat when using boat storage

Covering your boat is a must when using boat storage. Boat covers play a huge roll when it comes to storing your boat and protecting it from different elements. There is a large range of boat covers that you can purchase, however if you’re looking for a cheaper and more convenient option we suggest using a plastic tarp. This would be more beneficial for indoor boat storage. But if you’re looking for something for outdoor boat storage you should look to spend a little more and get a fitted boat cover.

Put your boat in boat storage

Now that you know all the tips and tricks you’re ready to put your boat in storage. Make sure you follow all of these tips when preparing your boat for storage and your vessel will be ready to go whenever you are. Avoid the hassle of finding space at home to store your boat and store your boat at Store Ur Stuff. With 24 hour security monitoring and recorded surveillance. As well as security fencing, PIN coded access and security lighting, you can rest assured your boat will be safe and secure. 

For more detailed advice, or for a quote to store your boat, enquire through Store Ur Stuff online or give our friendly staff a call on 08 8371 0000 .

Storage Facilities – who to choose

Not everyone has enough space to store all of their possessions. You may have just moved out of home into a smaller apartment. Or additionally, you may have valuable belongings that you would feel more comfortable with being placed in self storage. Finding the perfect sized storage space that is most suitable to your needs can be difficult. Especially if it’s your first time using storage facilities. That’s why our team at Store Ur Stuff are here to help with everything from unit sizes, payment options, packing boxes and more. Furthermore, here is some information, tips and tricks for choosing the perfect storage facilities.

Choosing your Storage Provider

The day has come and you’re ready to find the best self storage provider, and with this comes careful selection. Additionally, there are a lot of factors you need to take into consideration. Such as, choosing a safe provider with storage nearby, a clean and tidy facility and being the right fit for what you need. As well as 24 hour storage access, surveillance cameras and temperature controlled storage units. Lastly, cheap self storage is not always the better option.

Storage Space

Most Storage facilities will offer a range of different storage options. Depending on what it is that you’re wanting to store, it is best to carefully select your space. Storage facilities offer storage options starting from as small as a locker, up to space big enough to fit a boat. As well as some offering indoor and outdoor storage. Therefore, it is essential to choose your space carefully to ensure you’re not paying for more than you need.

Payment Options

At times it can be hard to keep up with admin life. This is why it’s great to choose a self storage provider that offers online payment options. As well as auto payments. Additionally, setting up auto payments online can save you money. You will never be late on your storage account and will avoid late fees.

Long Term and Short Term Storage

Storage facilities can be a great short term or long term solution. Although, finding a storage facility that offers both can sometimes be difficult. Storage facilities that offer flexibility and no fixed lease are a great option for both short and long term storage. For example, if you’re looking for a new house and need to store furniture in the mean time, a storage facility without a fixed lease would be best suited. That way you are able to cancel your lease stress free as soon as you no longer need it. Short and long term storage options are an important asset to consider when choosing your storage provider.

Packing Materials

It’s always best that you use the highest of quality packing materials to store your goods. Sometimes it can be difficult to source these materials. That’s why choosing storage facilities that offer in house packing materials is a great option. Ultimately, saving time on finding packing materials elsewhere, and knowing you can purchase them last minute for your storage solutions. Store Ur Stuff offer a wide range of packing materials from; moving boxes, couch covers, archive boxes, bubble wrap and more.

Storage with Store Ur Stuff

Furthermore, when choosing your self storage provider you need to consider whether they are safe, reliable and have access to the things you need. Choosing a storage facility that offers long term storage, short term storage and different payment options is also important. This will help ensure your self storage experience is hassle free. In addition to this, choosing storage facilities that are fitted with surveillance cameras is also highly important.

Although there is many storage providers to choose from, Store Ur Stuff is a great contender. With safe self storage, competitive pricing, secure facilities fitted with 24 hour CCTV surveillance and online payment options. Additionally, view booking options, payment options and all other storage needs on the Store Ur Stuff website.

Moving House – Tips

Moving house is rated one of the most stressful life events, but with some handy tips on forward planning and organisation it can become an easier and smoother process for you and the whole family. 

Make a checklist for moving house

It is imperative to create a checklist for leading up to your move and another one for the day of your move. Checklists will help you remain organised, save time and save you from forgetting anything important during the process like connect your electricity in your new house.

Some points for your pre-move in day checklist:

  • Book a removalist or moving truck if you decide to move yourself
  • Organise care for the kids or pets on move in day if it applies
  • Label each box clearly so you or the removalist knows which room it’s going to
  • Create an inventory for each box so you can see what you’ve packed without opening the box
  • Label anything fragile with fluorescent tape so it doesn’t get tossed around or placed on the bottom of a heavy stack
  • Organise the transfer or set up of your electricity, gas and internet to the new house.
  • Schedule your mail re-direct with Australia Post

Some points for your move in day checklist:

  • Wave the kids off as they spend the day with Gran and Grandad
  • Confirm with the removalist that they have the correct address for pick up and drop off
  • Pack plenty of water and food for the day to keep your energy levels
  • Have a bag of spare clothes, toiletries, first aid kit and bed sheets (it could be a massive day)
  • Gather all the old keys
  • Do one last scan of the house to make sure nothing has been missed
  • Lock all windows, doors and turn off your hot water and gas

Moving house is not a small task, these checklists could go on further.

Moving house with kids

Kids come in all shapes, sizes and of course ages. So, depending on how old your children are will indicate how much they will understand what’s going on around them when their clothes and toys start getting packed away into boxes. Try to involve the kids in the moving process, get them to help you pack up their bedroom and reward them for their efforts.

Moving house with pets

Don’t forget, moving house can also be a stressful event for your pet whether they’re a dog, cat or goldfish. How you choose to involve them in the move could be based on their personality or their age. Your first step should be to update their registration, information tag or microchip details in case they decide to escape.

Once you’ve set up their bedding area in the new house, make sure they have plenty of familiar items around them like blankets, toys and clothing so the change can feel less of a shock. Keep any routines as normal as possible like meal times or exercise.

For cats, you’d want to keep them inside until they are used to the new home and surroundings to avoid them running away.

Moving house DIY – load up the truck

Hiring a truck and moving everything yourself can cut down the costs. It may make the experience more challenging but if you’re up to the task, give it a shot. How you load the truck is important to make the most of the space and save yourself doing any unnecessary trips. Use plenty of blankets, sheets, towels or quilted pads to protect any items that may shift while driving. Load the heaviest items first like wardrobe units, couches, fridge, washing machine and dryer.

Pack any light items on top to use the space like couch cushions or light boxes. Start loading any chairs or light furniture that has been taken apart and line up any mattresses against the side of the truck for extra padding. Load any boxes or belongings that you may require straight away last like carpets that need to go down before any furniture, kitchen boxes, bedroom boxes and personal items.

If you have never driven a truck before, get some tips from the company you hire from. Trucks are higher and wider than cars with a wider turning circle. Take it slower and avoid any sharp turns to eliminate any damage or shifting of your belongings.

If you have any super fragile items, consider taking them to the new house in your regular car.

Get the materials for moving house

Packing boxes, sticky tape, permanent markers, butchers paper, bubble wrap, picture or mirror cartons, chair covers, and mattress covers are few of many essentials to think of when you are packing your entire home. Explore our range in our Box Shop store or online at Store Ur Stuff.

Need Storage?

Have you got more stuff than you thought? Don’t be too hard on yourself, we all know a hoarder or someone who’s kids have moved in and out of home more times than they can count, and they’ve somehow become responsible for far more furniture, clothes and old toys than they started with.

Self storage at Store Ur Stuff is a convenient solution with competitive prices. With a range of different sized units, you’ll be sure to find one that fits.

For further reading:

https://www.realestate.com.au/advice/moving/

 

Vehicle storage options

There are many different options available when looking for vehicle storage. Choosing the best vehicle storage option depends on budget, the length of time the vehicle will be in storage and the value of the vehicle to mention a few. Below is a description of options available to help you make the right decision.

Outdoor Vehicle Storage

Outdoor Vehicle Storage is the cheapest storage option. This is typically a secure car park area containing designated parking bays.

Security features vary from facility to facility, PIN coded gates and security cameras will offer the best protection for your vehicle. PIN coded gates leave a record of who is in the facility; particularly important in shared areas. In addition, some facilities have removable or fold down bollards that are locked for added protection.

Another important aspect of outdoor vehicle storage is the area. Ensure there are no hazards that may cause damage to the vehicle, including falling debris from large trees, poor lighting, adequate drainage and damaged surfaces. Bitchumised areas are better. This prevents the possibility of being bogged or flooded in. The area will need to be large enough for large vehicles to get in and out of easily, with multiple entry and exit points a bonus.

If storing your vehicle outdoors, cover your vehicle to prevent rust and corrosion and to protect it from the elements. Consequently your vehicle will keep clean as well as protected. Ensure that windows, doors and sunroofs close and seals intact.

Undercover Vehicle Storage

Undercover vehicle storage comes in many different forms. The type of undercover vehicle storage will determine the price. These include carports or lean-to’s, warehouses, garages and shipping containers. All of these options offer protection against the elements in varying degrees.

Carports or lean-to’s offer a roof over your vehicle. Large warehouses offer a fully enclosed area. These options are secure and in a shared area. The same considerations need to be taken into account as the outdoor vehicle storage as mentioned above.

Fully enclosed garages offer maximum protection. These can be in the form of a shipping container or a specifically designed garage. These are individual and allow you to put your own lock on the door, with vehicles protected against the elements and other vehicles. The added benefit with this option is the there is usually room to store other small belongings around the vehicle.

General Tips

It is important to make some general checks before storing. Lock all doors and do not leave any valuables in the vehicle. For long term vehicle storage consider disconnecting the battery. If storing a caravan, ensure you have secured it properly to prevent it from theft. Wheel clamps and coupling locks are great deterrents.

Also, talk to the staff at the facility. There may be some additional services available to help. Some storage facilities provide a motorised jockey wheel mover to make parking caravans easier. If storing the vehicle long term they may offer a car washing service. Ask if there are jumper leads available or a battery charger just in case it needs a little help starting when you pick your vehicle up.