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How to Increase Home Security on a Budget

Many people would like to improve the standard of security in their home. Unfortunately, this will often cost a lot of money. However, it doesn’t always have to be this way. There are plenty of things that you can be doing to improve the level of security that you have in your home without splashing out thousands of pounds – let’s take a look… Use Security Signs Even if you don’t have CCTV installed at your home, it doesn’t maen that you can’t have stickers or signs up suggesting otherwise. If people think that you have surveillance around your home,…

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Moving to Recovery: The 2014 Housing Market

2014 was a busy year for house movers, with the UK reaching a 7-year high on housing values and house sales. In the US, sales of houses started to decline, although the value started to creep back up after prices slumped dramatically between 2010-2012. For a huge range of interesting fact about the housing market in 2014, please check out the infographic below: Please include attribution to https://www.binghamselfstorage.co.uk when sharing this infographic. Although not quite as dramatic of a year, houses in the US still increased in value by 6.4% on average. Not bad. Despite houses in America being typically…

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How to Preserve, Repair and Take Care of Old Records

Considering the vast majority of the music ever released is available for our listening pleasure at little more than the click of a button these days, it might seem strange or a bit regressive, to think that vinyl records are more popular now than they have been in decades. But they are. The CD era, which is still hanging on by the skin of its teeth, saw the vinyl record all but forgotten in favour of its cheaper, clearer and more compact (by both name and design) cousin. But once the digital revolution kicked in and CD sales began to…

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Moving Abroad – What You Need to Do and Know

Though there might well be a few negative connotations associated with expat Brits, with the woeful season we’re having (where Autumn and Winter merge into a mélange of darkness and perpetual chill) who would blame even the most patriotic of us for considering packing our bags and heading somewhere sunny? Which sun-kissed destination (or snow-kissed, depending on your preference) you end up calling home is of course a matter of personal preference. Though Spain has been seen as the de facto expat destination for as long as most of us can remember, the sun has been setting on the Spanish…

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Hoarding Facts [Infographic]

With what we do here at Bingham, we come across all kinds of people who wish to store all kinds of items. For many of us, decluttering is an important part of maintaining our homes and family life, for which self-storage is an excellent solution. But of course, there is another side to this, which many people are aware of, although they may not understand the extent of its prevalence. I’m talking about hoarding, or Compulsive Hoarding Disorder. In recent years TV shows, such as Hoarders in the US and Britain’s Biggest Hoarders in the UK, has brought the attention…

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Avoiding Damp Damage During Storage

Dampness is one of the worst things that furniture can be exposed to. Moist, humid environments can cause mold and mildew to take hold, seriously damaging your furniture and also creating a potential health hazard. If you need to store some furniture for a prolonged period of time, it is a good idea to take some precautions to prevent damp damage. Preventing Damp Damage Putting your furniture in self-storage can keep it safe and dry while you are decorating or moving house. However, not all self-storage units are created equal. You should choose your self-storage units carefully, and pack the…

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Finding Storage Auctions in the UK

If the popular reality-style documentaries, such as ‘Storage Hunters’ and ‘Storage Wars’ are anything to go by, then abandoned self-storage units are a treasure trove of exciting and potentially valuable items. Those TV shows follow the escapades of people who attend self-storage auctions, purchasing foreclosed storage units to see if the items kept in them have any value. A lot of the time, the units are full of junk, but every now and then antiques, collectibles or valuable pieces of jewellery are found in the foreclosed lots.  If you’d like to see if you can replicate their success, these tips…

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How to Store a Mattress

Mattresses are expensive items, and if you’re moving home, downsizing, or working abroad for a while and need to put your stuff in storage while you are out of the country, then you will probably want to keep your mattress. It makes sense to sell cheaper items and just re-buy them when you need them again, but putting a high quality mattress in storage (along with expensive appliances and other items that you don’t want to go to the trouble of replacing) will save you time and money in the long term. It is important to take good care of…

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Protective Packaging Supplies for Self Storage

If you are putting things into storage, then that is probably because you want to keep the items in question. Using a self storage provider is a great way to look after your items while you are redecorating or moving house, or simply to stop rarely used seasonal items from taking up too much space in your home. Self storage units are private, and you are the only person who will go into your unit while you are renting it, but it is still a good idea to pack items carefully before putting them away. Here’s a quick overview of…

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How to Store a Sofa

There are many reasons that you might need to put your sofa into storage. Perhaps you are redecorating or having an extension built and you need to make some space. Or, you are temporarily downsizing or are in the middle of moving home and can’t put everything in the new property. Whatever the reason, using a self storage unit to take care of furniture that you can’t fit in your new home is a good idea. The following tips will help you to make sure that your sofa comes out of self-storage as comfortable and good-looking as it was when…

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