Renovating a home takes a lot of time, effort, and money, and is definitely not an undertaking for the faint-hearted. Depending on the size of the renovation, be prepared to live in chaos and dust for a good few weeks. Unless you are careful, your belongings will get damaged by careless builders if they have to work around your belongings that are in their way. Storage Units Grimsby
There are many hurdles to overcome to achieve a successful renovation but keeping your precious belongings safe need not be one of them. Our solution to solving this problem would be to use self storage units at Stop & Store Grimsby to keep your furniture and other belongings out of harm’s way during your renovation process.
One of the benefits of hiring a unit at Stop & Store Grimsby is that you can hire storage units for a period that suits your needs, and if, for whatever reason, the renovation lasts longer than planned, you can easily extend your lease.
Renovations: Dealing with the Unexpected
Expect the unexpected is a mantra you will hear from experienced renovators, so prepare for some unexpected surprises during this process especially if you have an older house that has never been updated. Some of these will require extra budget to fix. The following are some to look out for.
Old Plumbing and Electrics
If your house is of a certain age and it has never been renovated, expect the original plumbing and electrical systems to be in need of some TLC. Old, galvanized steel pipes used back in the day eventually block up with calcium deposits. While you are busy with your renovation we suggest you budget for replacing these old pipes with modern, PVC pipes.
- Original electrical wiring and fittings will also need updating, especially with the additional energy requirements that modern electrical equipment needs. Upgrading these while you are busy with renovations will give you peace of mind knowing that you don’t have any faults in the wiring which could potentially become overloaded and even cause a fire.
This can happen due to leaks either from a leaky roof or, if the foundations allow, water seepage, or even leakage from a badly installed shower or bath. You will notice mould forming, rotting wood, or crumbling plaster, and in the case of a leaking roof, damage to the ceiling. The way to fix this is to find the source of the problem and repair that.
If you discover evidence of poor workmanship from previously attempted renovations, such as badly laid floor or wall tiles, or evidence of a patch-up job that has been painted over, it is time to knock out the shoddy workmanship and replace it with a job professionally done.
Foundation faults and structural cracks are not something you would wish to be faced with as they are an expensive problem to fix and are a nightmare for homeowners. These could be caused by the soil substrate becoming unstable, or by the wrong type of concrete used when the foundations were laid in the first place. Whatever the reason, it can be solved by an engineer as it either requires an underpinning of existing foundations or repouring of the foundations to create a stable base for your house.
So, Back to Storage Options
There are a few options available to you as you will need to clear your house of furniture and belongings for the duration of the renovation in the areas you will be upgrading.
Finding Space in Your House
This may be your initial option you choose because you feel it will be the easiest to do. Unless you have a large garage you could pack your furniture into, this option isn’t always the most practical. Your belongings and furniture could easily be ruined by the dust or damaged by careless tradesmen.
Finding a Space in Someone Else’s House
This is probably a bad idea as imposing your belongings on someone else could well cause bad blood and damage relationships. This is because renovations notoriously never finish in the time frame originally indicated.
This is your most convenient option for storing your goods while you renovate. As the sole key holder, no one else can access your unit so your goods are safe, and you have access to your unit when you need it.
Your choice of storage company should be based on a few simple principles:
- Is there easy access for offloading and reloading?
- Is it within easy reach of where you live?
- Is there a unit size to suit your requirements?
- Is the facility fully secured with monitored CCTV and limited access?
- Can you extend or shorten the time you wish to hire the unit flexible without incurring extra costs?
At Stop & Store Grimsby we offer the best of everything: we offer easy access, our units’ range in size from 12 sq ft to 200 sq ft., they are securely monitored by state-of-the-art CCTV cameras, at prices that are exceptional. No need to sign a long contract either, its month on month.
A Few Useful Tips for Storage During Renovation
- Label your packed boxes clearly. This will save you a lot of trouble locating things and unpacking when life returns to normal.
- Decide which of your belongings you definitely won’t be needing during renovating and store these towards the back of the unit.
- Make moving around your self-storage unit easier by making pathways and not just packing to cram the unit. Of course, make sure you choose a unit of sufficient size in the first place. If you are not sure how much space you need, our handy space calculator will enable to work out the square footage easily.
Storage Solutions when Renovating
Instead of stressing about your valuable possessions during a renovation, worrying about where to put them, or how to protect them, please give us a call. Here at Stop & Store Grimsby, we will safeguard them for you while you get on with the job of creating a beautiful, revamped home.
Our hours of operation are 8am to 8pm, seven days a week, so your belongings will be easily accessible. Our storage units are dry and pest free ensuring the protection of your goods for as long as they are in our care. Whether you need a long-term or short-term storage, we have the solution for you.
Please contact us on 01255 446174
Our Location: Grimsby DN31 1BA