What can (and can’t) you use a storage unit for?

Self storage units are useful for meeting a diverse range of needs. Whether you need a large space to store your business stock or a small locker to hold sentimental items during a home renovation, self storage offers a convenient and affordable solution.

A reliable and trustworthy storage facility, such as StorageWise, prioritises a safe and secure space to store your valuable belongings. That’s why each facility has specific rules and regulations on what can be stored in a unit, and which items are prohibited.

Let’s begin by exploring what you can store in your storage unit to make your life easier.

Business items

With the business landscape shifting, the value in business self storage solutions has increased. As offices downsize and the number of start-ups escalates, business storage units are being used to store excess filing, office equipment, furniture and even offer a productive workspace.

With a range of different unit sizes available, businesses can rent a large space as an affordable alternative to warehousing, or a smaller locker to use as a file storage solution.

Household items

Self storage is a fantastic solution for opening up space in the home and keeping household items safe, secure and accessible. Whether you’re renovating and need a space to temporarily hold furniture, in the process of moving or you’re downsizing and need a safe space to keep extra items, self storage is an affordable solution.

Self storage can also be used to store clutter from the home, garden furniture, sports equipment, seasonal clothing and collectables.

Electronics and appliances

Electronics and appliances can be safely stored at self storage facilities. As long as the items are cleaned and dried properly beforehand, then you can keep them in your self storage unit for as little or as long as you need.

You can store large appliances such as refrigerators, stoves, microwaves, washers, dryers, and freezers, as well as smaller appliances such as toasters and coffee makers.

As these items can be fairly costly, it’s important to wrap them properly. Our box shop sells quality boxes and bubble wrap to secure your valued belongings.

Items that can’t go into storage

While our friendly team at StorageWise are always willing to go above and beyond for our valued customers, there are certain items that can’t be stored at our facility. The following items present a hazard to your other belongings as well as the facility as a whole.

  • Firearms and explosives
  • Wet items
  • Perishable foods
  • Hazardous materials
  • Living (and dead) animals, people and plants
  • Stolen property

Are you looking for an affordable and secure self storage space in Limerick? Our facility has been family-run since 1915, offering quality service and convenient space for the community for more than a century.

Contact us at 1800-94-6666 to chat with our friendly team, or get a quick and easy quote online.

How to maximise your living room space on a budget

How does your family make the most of the living room? For some people, the living room is a place to relax, unwind and watch TV. For others, the living room is a great space for working, studying, or getting some peace and quiet.

Unfortunately, the living room also seems to be the place that gathers clutter, quickly. A cluttered space can make you feel claustrophobic, often without you even realising it. An open, minimalist space will help to create a space in which you can relax and unwind. 

Whether you live in a small apartment or you simply want to open up space, here are a few tips on how to maximise the living room space on a budget.

Use a continuous colour theme

Choosing a single colour scheme for walls, furniture and accessories can make a room feel bigger. By avoiding bold, accent colours, there is less contrast and you become less aware of the limitations of space.

Go green

Many people are aware of the positive impact that a mirror can have on a room as it creates the illusion of space. Nature can achieve the same effect by bringing the greenery from outside, inside! If you don’t have space for physical plants, then you can incorporate botanical fabrics in your cushions and furniture.

Be creative with the lighting

Lighting can make a big difference in a space. Dark areas of shadow can make a room feel small and confined. Natural light, in particular, can make a space appear large and open. However, it’s not always possible to have a builder fit windows into the space. Instead, you can select a few lamps that match the aesthetic of the room and place them in an area where their impact is maximised.

Declutter the room

Dedicate a few hours to decluttering the living room and notice the difference! Decide which items to store, throw out, and keep. Pay special attention to unused items and clutter on the floor, and introduce a few dedicated storage areas for belongings that are used on occasion.

Plan a feature wall

It may be tempting to hang many, small pictures on the wall but a lot of wall hangings can make the space feel cluttered. Instead, choose a big and bold feature to create the illusion of space.

If you take the time to keep your room free from clutter and to follow some of our tips above, you’ll be able to enjoy a far more relaxing space..

Do you need a place to store excess items and sentimental belongings? Check out our convenient and affordable residential storage solutions! If you’re looking for more information, then give us a call at 1800 94 666 and chat with our friendly team.

Are you planning a house extension?

2020 has been a crazy year and has most of us staying at home more than ever. With the increased time spent at home, people have been home improvement like the clappers. If you drive around Limerick city at the moment you will see a massive amount of extensions being carried out. An extra room in the house is being sought for the likes of home offices, sourdough factories and extra space away from your sibling or partner during lockdown avoiding the inevitable cabin fever kicking in.

As a self-storage provider, we have witnessed an increase in the use of our facility for families moving their items into storage out of the way of dust and builders wrecking their good furniture during the renovations. Below are some handy tips when planning a house extension or major renovation around your gaff.

1. Planning permission

First off be sure and buy tea bags in bulk and drink copious amounts to think and act like a builder. Getting into this mind frame always helps. Take several hours out of your day to lean against a shovel and plan out the work.

In all seriousness, the main thing is to work out the pros and cons of the build and work out if this is yours forever home. If not make sure that this will be adding value and not upsetting the resale down the line. I would seriously advise getting an architect on board, while it is another expense it will save money and hassle in the long run. They will keep you and the builders on the right track.

For any massive builds, I would suggest getting a quantity surveyor/project manager involved and they will be worth their weight in gold to keep the project ticking over.

There is some really great advice on getting planning permission from your local authority over on the citizen’s information website. Check it out here 

With all that said you might not always need planning permission if the build isn’t that big. Recently the Minister for the Environment and Local Government introduced new regulations extending the exemption limits of house extensions from 23 sq m (247 sq ft) to 40 sq m (430 sq ft). Still, double-check with your local authority before any brick is laid.

 2. Budgeting the build

My advice would be to do your homework and get a few general quotes for local builders and then have a chat with the bank or credit unit. This is where the copious amounts of tea might come into play again or even something stronger.

If you have an architect involved in the project, they should be able to provide you with some potential figures for a build. I found a great little project calculator online from a website called Self Build. Check it out here

The main thing to remember when doing up a budget is to always allow for a 5-10% increase in the price just in case.

3. Should I move out during the build?

Ok so this is where we come into play, As mentioned, we have had a massive increase in business from customers doing renovation work on the house in the last year. One of the main points we hear from customers is that they avoided moving out entirely during the renovations as they were able to move out the main items near the messy work to a self-storage unit. This ensures there was ample space in the house for work to continue and also kept their precious items dust and damage free. It also made sure they didn’t need to move in with a relative during a pandemic or rent a place for crazy money.

We have 30 different size rooms here to cater for any renovation work being done, from our experience we advise the customer to start as earlier as possible and move the lesser needed items in bit by bit. This avoids one massive move in a day full of stress. We can arrange a free move-in service for the larger items in one day making the whole process seamless.

Check out for unit size estimator here to help pick the right size or fill out the enquiry form to receive a full free quote complete with videos of the unit sizes and all the information about our facility and pricing.

Best of luck with your plans and build. Be sure and ask a friend/neighbour for advice if you know anyone who has done something similar in your locality. There are plenty of sites online to check out builders’ work such as trustedpeople.ie or ask for a builder portfolio on past jobs also be sure and check that the builder/ contractor is registered with the Construction Industry Register Ireland and they are insured.

We would be delighted to help regarding the storage during the project. So be sure and check out the website, call us or call us on 061-44602. If you know anyone thinking of building in the next while is sure an pass this on

First-time storage mistakes and how to avoid them 

Whether renovating, relocating, or simply decluttering, investing in a self storage unit can make all the difference. It keeps you organised during a busy transitional period, and you can have peace of mind knowing that your belongings are safe.   

Although self storage is an asset, there are a few common mistakes first-time storage users often make. To help you skip the learning curve, we unpack the top first-time storage mistakes and how to avoid them. 

Cutting corners on space 

One of the most common mistakes people make is forcing items to fit into a smaller space. However, cutting back on necessary space will only lead to an unorganised unit and potential damages to your valuables due to hazardous stacking and overpacked boxes.  

 For size guidance, speak to our friendly team of experts or try our handy size guide.  

Not planning ahead 

If you fail to prepare, prepare to fail! By creating a checklist or inventory of all the items you are storing and numbering or labelling your boxes, you can guarantee quick and easy navigation in the future. This is especially helpful when you need to grab that one item in a hurry.  

If you’re unsure how to start your checklist, don’t forget to Ask Albert. 

Rushed packing 

When items are packed haphazardly, they’re more likely to be damaged in transit or while in storage. To keep your belongings organised and in top condition, take the time to carefully wrap fragile items, group and pack similar items together, and update your box list inventory as you pack. 

Overpacking a unit 

A storage unit doesn’t have to be filled to its maximum capacity to ensure you get your money’s worth. In fact, it is advisable to leave a little additional space to create aisles to easily access items and give furniture space to breathe to avoid mould or mildew. It also allows for other belongings you may add in the future. 

At StorageWise, we are self storage experts with over 100 years of experience. We use this experience to your advantage by offering the most user-friendly household and business self storage solutions to suit your needs and budget. Get your quick and easy online quote, or give us a call on +353 61 446 302 to speak with our friendly staff.    

Best hiking and cycling trails in Limerick  

Do you want to kickstart your fitness journey, release endorphins to boost your mood and enjoy the stunning outdoors of Limerick? Hiking or cycling is your solution. Limerick offers many great trails for hiking and cycling, each with its own unique scenery and challenges. Whether you’re just starting out and eager to become one with nature or are a lifelong outdoor enthusiast on the lookout for a new challenge, we’ve got a trail for you.  

of trails covering everything from forest roads to rocky sections and twisty tracks, you’re sure to find one to suit your tastes. The trail selection ranges from 6km for beginners to over 50km for the adventurous and daring.

Glenstal Woods 

At 14.2km, this moderate loop trail is ideal for cycling or hiking and boasts a quiet beauty, natural rural charm and spectacular views of the Slieve Felim Mountains. Best of all, this route is free to

visit, family-friendly and suitable for dogs. Whether cycling, walking or taking advantage of the bird-watching opportunities, you’re sure to have a good time.

Ballyhoura Trail 

The Ballyhoura Mountain Bike Trails are the largest trail network of its kind in Ireland. With a total of 98kms 

Please note: Ballyhoura is not dog friendly.

King’s Yard – Galtymore 

9.2km of fresh air, great views and utter bliss await you as you make your way along this out-and-back hiking trail near Kilbeheny. Considered one of Limerick’s more challenging routes, it takes about 4 hours to complete. As an added precaution, the owners have painted rocks leading the way along the route as you journey to the top and enjoy stunning views that are sure to leave you speechless.

Bernard Loop 

Just a little outside of Limerick is Bernard’s Loop. Although your four-legged friend will have to miss out, the beautiful Bernard Loop in Mitchelstown is still a winner. Perfect for mountain biking and trail running, this moderately challenging 6.6km route has an average completion time of about two hours. After the initial uphill, the loop has a stunning mixture of open forest paths, gravel roads and grassy hills. 

If a mountain bike or hiking equipment is taking over your garage, contact StorageWise. With our wide range of personal storage unit sizes, flexible lease agreements and free move-in service, we can help you store all manner of outdoor equipment with ease. Pop into our facility for a tour, give us a call at +353 61 446 302 or request an easy quote online

How to cut down on moving costs

Does the cost of moving drive you crazy and keep you up at night? You’re not alone. After all, who wants to spend a small fortune on something so stressful? Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to reduce your moving expenses without compromising your quality of life.

From enlisting family to help pack belongings to booking affordable transportation, we’ll show you how to make moving as cost-effective as possible. So take a deep breath and read on – your wallet will thank you!

Declutter

Moving is the perfect opportunity to embrace the art of decluttering and toss out or donate the unused items gathering dust and taking up valuable cupboard space. By getting rid of excess items, the task of packing becomes less daunting, you will need less packing material, and you’ll be able to save on storage space simply by needing less room. Additionally, selling unused items is a quick way to make a little extra cash to fund the move.

Gather packaging supplies

Be smart about the packaging supplies you use. For example, you could use bedding, towels or tablecloths to protect your dishes. This saves money and avoids creating more waste. However, be careful about using old boxes as they may cave in when others are stacked on top, damaging the items inside.

 

StorageWise offers three cost-effective packaging material packs . Each pack features boxes of all sizes, tape and bubble wrap!

Get family and friends involved

Reach out to family and friends and ask for help during the packing and moving process. Not only will a fresh pair of eyes help with the decluttering process, but loved ones can help with packing boxes and doing a final clean. And, of course, it’s always nice to have an extra set of hands around when moving heavy furniture and loading the moving van.

Choose a cheaper date and time to move

An excellent way to save money on your move is to choose a cheaper moving date and time. Did you know that weekday moves are typically less expensive than weekend moves? And that a morning or afternoon move is usually cheaper than evening moves? Try to be as flexible as possible when booking movers.

 

Moving is stressful, but it doesn’t have to be expensive. By doing a deep declutter and repurposing household items for packaging material, you can easily cut down on moving costs. Asking for help from family and friends can also lighten the load (quite literally). And finally, selecting the most cost-effective time and day to move will help keep your budget in check.

 

When you need help moving into your unit, StorageWise is here to help. Use our *free move-in service  to get to your unit, or let us recommend local van hire/removals companies to help you move out. We’ll take care of the logistics so you can focus on living.

 

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Why Student Storage is a must-have investment 

As a college student, the commute back and forth from home between semesters is already a journey in itself. But when you consider all of the furniture, clothes, textbooks and electronics you’re going to be lugging around, things can get downright stressful! To help save your sanity and your back, we look at why student storage is a must-have investment for comfortable university living.  

Make space 

Bedrooms can be tiny! A student storage unit can be utilised to securely store seasonal clothing, empty suitcases, extra textbooks, unessential appliances, sporting equipment and more. Moving items such as these out of the room can free up valuable space allowing you to live comfortably and without clutter.  

Travel or studying abroad 

If you have the opportunity to travel or study abroad, student storage provides a convenient and secure place to store your belongings while you are away. Whether you’re headed abroad for a few weeks, one semester or a full year, you can travel with peace of mind knowing that your items will be safe until you return. 

Security 

Some bedrooms are not big enough to hold a safe, but you want your valuables nearby. Storage units are your best bet for protection, especially when you leave for the summer. Rest assured your anxiety levels will be at ease knowing your items are protected, especially if you have careless tendencies like forgetting to lock your bedroom door. 

Savings 

Students already live on a tight budget and the last thing you need is the astronomical mess of commuting your items back and forth at the end of semester. More often than not, the cost of transit and moving far outweighs the low cost of a secure storage unit – especially if you’re sharing the unit cost with a fellow student. 

Wear and tear 

Items stored in a garage are likely to collect dust, be eaten by insects or possibly suffer water damage, and constantly transporting items causes its own wear and tear over time. A student storage unit provides a permanent and secure location for your items for as long as you need it. 

StorageWise’s selection of top-quality and affordable student storage units allow you to protect your items from the wear and tear of travel and the craziness of college life, while freeing up valuable bedroom space. If you’re ready to invest in your clutter-free future, give us a call at +353 61 446 302 or get a quick and easy quote online.  

Best packing hacks for university students  

Heading to university is a monumental milestone, but it can also be a daunting one. Particularly when facing the challenge of packing everything you need into a small space. To ensure you start on a well-organised foot, we look at the best packing hacks to ensure a stress-free packing experience to make sure you leave for academic life well prepared.  

Roll your clothes  

Well-known by backpackers around the world, rolling your clothes is the easiest way to fit in more. Start with the heaviest items, such as jeans and jackets. Place the item flat on a bed or hard surface, fold the arms in and tightly roll the item from the bottom up. For lighter items, such as t-shirts and yoga pants, simply fold them in half and roll them up.  

Packing jewellery  

Most jewellery tends to be small and easy to lose. A clever and cheap hack is to make use of egg cartons or a weekly plastic pill container. They both keep necklaces from getting tangled, keep all items together and ensure they won’t get lost in transit. Just be sure to pack them securely, so they’re not rolling around your luggage.  

Use every space available  

Nesting smaller items inside larger ones, like your shoes, is a great hack to save space and keep your belongings organised. Items to nest include socks, underwear, perfume/cologne bottles, or even the pill container holding your organised jewellery.  

Transporting decor  

If you’re ready to add a touch of home to your dorm room with picture frames, it is best to ensure they are packed into padded envelopes or secured with bubble wrap. Ensure that the frames are stood upright in the box to prevent the combined weight from cracking any glass.  

Pack shoes together  

When packing shoes, go with storage boxes designed to store and separate glasses or wine bottles as they have dividers. These cardboard dividers are perfect to keep your shoes in pairs. Additionally, the smaller box size ensures that it won’t become too heavy to lift, and there will still be space on top to squeeze in a little more.  

When you’re ready to move, StorageWise has all the moving essentials for your relocation needs, including low-cost moving packs with all the essential packaging materials. And if you need a place to store excess items throughout the year, we offer affordable student storage in the heart of Limerick including a free move-in service.   

To learn more, pop into our facility, give us a call on +353 61 446 302 or get an easy quote online. 

Limerick’s quick spring cleaning guide 

Nothing can compare to the fresh feeling of a clean and uncluttered home, just in time for the arrival of spring. Depending on the size of your home, you may want to allocate a few hours to clearing out the clutter and dusting off the surfaces – but where do you begin?

As the weather starts to warm up in Limerick and the yellow Daffodils start to bloom, it’s time to do your annual spring clean. Whether you’re setting up a clutter-free home for an office or simply freshening up the space, consider the following tips.

Wash all bedding

While you may wash your linen on a regular basis, you may not wash your pillows and bedding as frequently. Take the opportunity to strip your beds and wash your bedding, getting rid of bacteria that has built up over time. It’s also a great time to use the vacuum on your mattress as well!

Empty all storage spaces

Take a moment and consider all spaces in the home that store your belongings. For example, cupboards, cabinets, and even the fridge. Create a schedule to work your way through each of these storage spaces and give them a deep clean, throwing out old and unused items along the way.

Give all appliances a scrub

When last did you move the washing machine away from the wall and sweep away the dust that has gathered behind it? Take note of all major appliances and wash them down with some soap and water, moving them away from the wall when necessary. For example, your fridge, washing machine, dishwasher and your oven.

Clean all surfaces

While you may wipe down the kitchen counter on a daily basis, there are some surfaces that very seldom get the same tender loving care. While spring cleaning, make sure that you wipe all surfaces and walls, including windows and hard-to-reach areas.

Get rid of clutter

As you move through the home, you’ll most likely come across a few items that are no longer used on a regular basis. Spring cleaning is the perfect time to get rid of unnecessary clutter and open up space in the home.

While some items can be thrown away or donated to those in need, there may be some belongings that are sentimental or only used during the winter season. At StorageWise, we’re proud to serve as an extension of your home by offering versatile self storage units at an affordable rate. 

Contact us at 1800 94 6666 to find out more about our personal storage solutions, or get a quote online!

Opening a business in Limerick_ Here’s what you need to know

Are you a budding entrepreneur wanting to open a business in Limerick? The Irish city is bustling with businesses in various sectors, from coffee shops and hotels to technology stores and financial institutions. 

While doing your research on starting a business in Limerick, it’s important to consider the following details.

Market research

Before you open up your dream bakery or start offering financial advice, it’s important to research the opportunities in the market. For example, consider that Limerick is one of Ireland’s oldest cities and has a rich tradition of literature, culture, arts and music. 

Taking the time to familiarise yourself with the local market will reveal business opportunities and possible challenges to overcome.

Company registration processes

Decide whether you want to register your business as a sole trader, partnership or company. Each option comes with its own pros and cons, and the legal structure of the business will have an impact on how it grows. 

You’ll also need to decide on the business name and register the organisation for paying tax. A qualified accountant who is familiar with Irish tax requirements can be a huge help in this regard. Finalising all legal details is also part of the registration process, making sure that your business can operate legally in Limerick.

Finances

Carve out time to plan your budget and financial goals. Perhaps you have money saved to put forward as capital to start your business or maybe you need to get a loan from the local bank. 

It’s also worth investigating possible investment options. For example, Limerick is investing over €1 billion in enterprise and investment infrastructure as part of the Limerick 2030 Vision: An Economic and Spatial Plan for Limerick.

Staff and team 

Depending on the nature of your business, you may need a few extra hands to help streamline production and processes. For example, if you plan to open a gardening service, then you may want to hire someone to help mow the lawn and tend to the flower beds. 

Consider the amount of experience needed for the job, what qualities and traits you’re looking for, and how you will register your staff for tax and legal protection. 

Office space

Whether you plan to open an online, physical or mobile business, it’s always important to have an operational base. Your office space should be productive and convenient, helping to keep daily operations smooth and consistent. 

At StorageWise, we’re committed to helping local businesses grow. That’s why we offer business storage solutions to meet a range of needs. Our clean and secure space can be used as a workshop, a warehouse or even an office.

Our units are available in a range of different sizes to best suit your needs. Our lease agreements are flexible, meaning that you only pay for the amount of space that you need for as long as you need it.

Are you ready to grow your business in Limerick? Contact us at 1800 94 6666 to find out more, or book your unit today!