Tips and Tricks

The renovation process is difficult and stressful. Check out some of these tips from Elephant to make it less so.

Renovating your Home

The renovation process is difficult and stressful. Check out some of these tips from Elephant to make it less so.

  • When the builders are in, you are effectively living with them and all their equipment. Just like a bad house mate, they're going to be loud, dirty, and will take up most of the room. In order to protect your furniture and possessions, as well to give everyone the space they need, putting your valuables into storage will make the renovation process a whole lot easier.
  • Before you even begin, it's wise to get at least three quotes from a contractor that's a member of a professional association. Just like anything, you only get the best deal by shopping around.
  • Negotiate a price before hand, as dealing on a day to day basis will cost more if something goes wrong or if you change your mind about something.
Downsizing – Putting your possessions into storage

When downsizing to a smaller home or space, making the most of what you have and what you haven't is going to be tricky.

  • A wise thing to do would be to initially put the bulk of your possessions into storage, as now you can feed you house gradually to see what fits instead of being tasked with dealing everything at once.
  • If adult children have flown the nest but left behind a mess, get them to sort out what they wish to take away, throw away, or put into storage. It's your room now.
  • Only take what you need. For everything else, you can put it into storage.
  • When organising your unit, think strategically. What you're going to use regularly should be in easy reach compared to the less used items down the back.
  • You've got to spend money to save money. Renting storage is so much more cost effective than buying domestic space.
  • To free up space at home, put certain items into storage for a couple of months to see if you really need them. If you miss them, bring them home. If you don't, you've saved yourself clutter.
Tips for Moving

It doesn't get much more stressful than moving house. To make it go as easy as possible, you need to be prepared, organised, and to follow these tips.

  • Decide a month before if you're going to rent a van, or hire and removal and packing company. If you are hiring a company to help you with the moving, outline before exactly what needs to be done and how far they are willing to go.
  • Plan ahead when using self-storage to make sure all the space you need is available.
  • When using packing boxes, make sure to use one's of a decent quality. Getting old boxes from shops and supermarkets isn't always the best option as they can break easily, and you need to take care of your possessions. Elephant Self-storage sells high quality boxes as well as packaging and wrapping materials in our shop so what you own will be taken care of.
  • Pack your non-essential belongings first to take the stress away. You won't be using your good china as much as your toiletries so only leave out what you need.
  • Be prepared for the first two nights in your new place. Pack a bag as if you're going on holiday so you have what you need in one place if you haven't managed to unpack everything else yet.
How to make more space at home

Do I need this? When was the last time I used that? Are two of these really necessary? These are questions you need to ask yourself when de-cluttering your home. It's an awkward task, but with these tips it's easier than you think.

  • Fashion may come and go but that pile of clothes is going nowhere fast. A few good ways of relieving yourself of styles of old would be to swap them with friends, sell them to vintage shops, donate to charity, or if you feel they'll make a comeback you can put them into storage.
  • If you have enough unwanted gifts and ornaments around the house to fill a museum, there are a few things you can do. Scrapbooks are a great way of condensing photos and old documents, and if you have something in a box in the attic or spare room, maybe it's time to free up that space by giving it away or moving it into storage.
  • With appliances and furniture, you either use them, or you don't. That couch in the garage is about as useful as that toaster that can't make toast any more. Appliances can be easily fixed and sold on or recycled and furniture can easily find a second home with enough care. If you want to keep these things but not at home, you can put them in storage.
  • Collectables, books, and DVD's etc take up a whole lot of space in people's homes. To clear up some of this space in your home, pick and choose what you want around. If you don't want it any more, you can give it away. But if you still want it, just not around your house, put it into storage.
Sell your house quickly and profitably

When selling your house you have to use all the tricks you can get. Making your house as attractive as possible with home staging is a tricky but effective tool. What do you show? What do you hide? It's tough to chose because you don't know what people will respond to. But having a cluttered house is always a no no. Here are some tips to consider.

  • With rooms, there has to be a healthy balance of things to show how it works as a house, but not too many as people need to be able to imagine how their own stuff will fit in.
  • Too much clutter shrinks rooms, and as the old saying goes, size matters.
  • Don't underestimate the outside. People judge books by covers and they'll judge your house by the garden. A bit of TLC in the hedges and grass goes a long way, as do nice flowers.
  • Make the house as nice and warm as possible with bright paint colours on the walls as well as giving your carpets a clean.
  • You need to find the right balance of stuff to have around your house. For everything that you don't need, it's best to keep it out of the way and in storage.
DIY Moving
There is a lot to consider when moving on your own. Do you have the time? The right vehicle? The physical strength to being lifting a lot? It's not an easy task but one that's quite doable if you have the energy. Check out our moving tips to give you a hand, and if you can't move everything in one go, putting things in temporary storage is a great way to take some of the pressure off.
Packing Materials

When you're moving or storing your valuables, you need to make sure that you take care of them properly. Using old boxes from shops and supermarkets are unreliable as they'll easily break up and put your valuables at an unnecessary risk. Elephant Self Storage has a broad range of proven reliable boxes that make will make sure that your items are taken care of properly. Here are some tips for buying boxes.

  • You should use double walled boxes when selling on ebay as well as sending by post.
  • Bubble wrap is a necessity for items made of glass.
  • Aeroboard stuffing is a great way to stop items shifting around in boxes while adding extra protection.
  • When moving house, have a box handy with things like a kettle etc that you might need straight away when you arrive.
  • Our staff at Elephant self-storage are more than willing to help out with any queries you might have so don't hesitate in giving us a call.
Recession Beater – Rent a Room

As of 2009, The Irish Revenue Commissioners has a scheme that allows you to rent a room in your house €10,000 on a tax free basis. It doesn't affect your Capital Gains Tax and is a handy way to make a bit more money from a room that would otherwise hold some of your clutter. With long term rental in Elephant self-storage starting from as little as €5-€10 a week, this may be an opportunity that you are missing out on.

Call our storage advisers today on 01-494 0000 or “Get a Quote”