Benefits of Self Storage

The 10 Benefits of Choosing Self-Storage

Self-storage can be an excellent choice for a range of reasons, most of all because it provides a safe space to secure tour belongings for as long as you need.

Here at AVM Storage & Shipping, we are proud to offer a safe and secure location for you to store your belongings. We continuously offer a flexible service to make it easy to manage your items and access them whenever you need. Our rates are incredibly competitive and start from an incredible £1 a day per 250 cubic feet / 7 cubic metre container. So, if you’d like to find out more about the self-storage service we provide, make sure to call us today on 0800 833 932. We can store your items for even as little as one week and even offer concessionary rates for long-term solutions.

Though, if you are looking for some of the reasons as to why you should choose us and some of the benefits of self-storage, make sure to read on below.

Declutter Your Home Space

Especially if you have a family home, it is very easy for your space to become cluttered and crowded with belongings. We all live busy lives and finding a place to store all this ‘stuff’ can be hard when you have to take the time to sort each item. Though, too often do we simply throw everything in a spare room or the garage, to say that we’ll sort it soon, and never end up doing so.

Self-storage is an excellent way to give yourself space to breathe and keep your home tidy. You can move as much as you see fit into self-storage and store it there for as long as you need until you can either sort through it or decide further as to what you want to do. Then, you’ll have the peace of mind that all your belongings are safe and secure until they are needed.

This way, you don’t need to risk making a rash decision and throw out something you’ll need down the line. You can put it into self-storage and give yourself some time to think.

Keep Your Items Secure from Theft

If you’re not confident about the security of your home, or garage, and want to keep slightly more valuable and personal belongings safe, then self-storage can be an excellent choice. You can safely store your items and put all those worries to rest.

In fact, here at AVM Storage and Shipping, all of our containers are completely safe and secure. Our facility is highly secure and benefits from around-the-clock security and CCTV monitoring, so you have the peace of mind that all of the items that you store with us are safe. We also have the latest security systems, to prevent unauthorised personnel from entering our facility.

A New Business Space

Did you know that self-storage spaces aren’t just suitable for your personal belongings? They can also be an excellent choice for your business and a space for stock, to help it get off the ground.

A self-storage space is great for your business assets, and you can even use it to house a workstation to work from. A storage unit is also good for a video or photography-based business. In fact, the possibilities are endless!

Moving Home

If you’ve moved home before, you’ll recognise the stress that comes from getting all your belongings in order to move. You have so much to think about and moving everything is just one small part of that.

A self-storage unit can be a great place to store your items whilst you move into your new home. Then, you can gradually move, box by box, to make the process easier and a lot less stressful.

What’s more, if your moving chain doesn’t work as planned, then self-storage can provide a solution for your belongings whilst you sort and manage everything.

A Solution For Student Belongings

Don’t be misled into thinking that storage units are just for families and business owners, either. They can be a great choice for students to make moving into their new university accommodation much easier.

Not everyone lives in a large home whilst at uni, so if you find that you have more belongings than you can find a space for, then you can even leave them in self-storage on a long term basis. You even have the peace of mind that your belongings are safe and secure.

It also means that it doesn’t have to stay at your parent’s house either!

Seasonal Items Storage

Not everything you own will be needed all year round. Such as skis, winter clothes, Christmas decorations in the summer and deck chairs and garden furniture in the winter. So, rather than try and cram these items somewhere in your home and take up precious space, why not put them into self-storage?

This way, your home is kept tidy and you have the peace of mind that these items are completely safe.

Downsize Your Home

Maybe you’re heading towards your retirement years and you’re thinking of downsizing. Self-storage will allow you to store your belongings that you no longer have space for in your smaller home.

You can even store certain items that you’d like to pass down to children one day, so they remain safe and secure.

Going Travelling

Maybe your job requires you to travel often, or maybe you enjoy it simply as a hobby. Though, bulky items are simply impossible to take away whenever you leave home. These are items perfect for self-storage.

Start a New Hobby

If you’re starting up a new hobby, sometimes you can find that items you collect as a result of this are too bulky to store at home. Whether it’s biking, or surfing, or something else, it won’t cost a fortune to store and you’ll know that your potentially expensive equipment is safe.


Perhaps one of the most significant benefits of choosing self-storage is that it is entirely flexible. We can offer our self-storage for as little as a week or as long as you need. There are no lengthy contracts that you’ll be locked into when it’s not necessary.

Advantages of Self Storage

Here at AVM Storage and shipping, we hope that our guide on the benefits of choosing self-storage has shown you the true benefits and value of the service. As a company, we can help you find the perfect self-storage solution for you and your items and make sure that the whole process is a breeze. If you would like to find out more about the self-storage we provide, make sure to get in touch with our friendly experts on 0800 833 932. we’ll be more than happy to answer any questions you have and give you a quote based on the storage you need.

Moving House in Cheltenham

Our Guide to a Hassle Free House Move in Cheltenham

Everyone can agree that moving home can be stressful. Though, it doesn’t necessarily have to be that way. Of course, moving is hard work but it doesn’t have to border on traumatic! There are heaps of ways that you can make your life that bit easier and take the stress out of moving home.

Here at AVM Storage & Shipping, we have been helping homeowners with moving house in Cheltenham for years. It’s our goal to help our customers and provide a reliable and flexible removals service that’s tailored to their needs.

Read on to take a look at our top tips for reducing the hassle of moving house, and to find out more about the services we provide, call us today on 0800 833 932.

Declutter Your Home

You’ll find that there’s no better time to declutter your home than when you are moving. Boxing up all your belongings will reveal a lot of things you haven’t used, or even thought about, for years. Don’t hang onto these items for any longer and take the chance to get rid, before they move to your new home and hang around in the attic once again. This will also mean that you’ll have less to pack, less to move and less to find a new home for!

Create a Plan

If you haven’t moved before, you’ll quickly find that packing takes a lot longer than you think, so ideally start early. Think about the rooms that you use the least and start off with them. Then, you can store packed boxes from any other rooms in those rooms. Make sure to leave the rooms you use the most until last. This is typically the kitchen and the bathroom.

Make Sure Boxes are Labelled Specifically

Make sure each box has its contents labelled on it. Some rooms, like the kitchen, for example, may require a number of boxes, so it can help to go into detail. No one wants to be in a new home, digging through box after box to find the mugs when all you want is a quick cuppa.

Get Organised with Utilities Far in Advance

It’s easy to register with utility companies, such as broadband companies etc, in advance. This is also the case for your post, with the Royal Mail Redirection Service, and the electoral roll.

Though, when moving from your previous home it’s a good idea to take photos of your final readings for gas, electricity and water (if you are on a meter). Also, take photos of the same when you arrive at your new home, just in case the seller wasn’t quite as conscientious.

Pack a Moving Day Kit

Don’t forget to pack yourself a small moving day survival kit, either. This can be a small box or backpack containing everything you’re going to need when you arrive at your new home. This should include items such as medicine, toiletries, keys, phone chargers, coffee, tea and pet food.

This will mean that you don’t have to dig through a hundred boxes looking for these items or worse still, rebuy items you know you have packed away somewhere.

It’s also worth putting in this box items you don’t want to risk losing, such as passports, driving licences, insurance policy documents and so on, instead of placing them in a random box to get lost.

Choosing a Removals Company You Can Trust in Cheltenham

Moving house is stressful enough. Don’t make it more so by choosing the wrong removals company. Here at AVM Storage & Shipping, we can help you with moving house in Cheltenham and make sure that the whole process is a breeze. Make sure to get in touch with our helpful and friendly team on 0800 833 932, we’ll be more than happy to answer any questions you may have and give you a quote.

Decluttering Boxes

A Guide to Decluttering Your Home

If you have decided to declutter and organise your home, you’ve likely found yourself not knowing where to start, especially if you’re just about to move into a new property. You’re packing all your belongings into boxes, so of course, it seems like a good idea to do some decluttering – but how?

Decluttering can be excellent for a range of different reasons, including adding space, giving you more headspace and helping you feel less stressed.

Here at AVM, we have put together our top organising ideas on tackling the clutter in your home.

Plan Your Decluttering

As with most processes, decluttering requires proper planning. Take your time and break the process up into steps to make it a lot less stressful. Work from room to room, taking on a section of a room at a time.

As you work through each section, use a few clearly marked boxes, defined for these purposes;

  • Put away: Keep this box for items that have crept out of their normal storage spaces.
  • Recycle: This box should be for items that can be recycled, such as paper, plastic or glass.
  • Fix/med: If you come across any items you’d like to keep yet require some tinkering, put them into this box.
  • Rubbish: This box is for items which should simply be thrown away in normal household rubbish.
  • Donate: One box should be designated for items that can be donated to a charitable cause (such as the charity shop).

The Main Entrance of Your Home

No matter how big or small your hallway is, it can be a big clutter magnet. We walk through the door and drop shoes, bags, coats, keys and if we’re not careful a hall space can become cluttered very quickly. Take time to put away any shoes and coats, clear surfaces and collect keys into a place where they’re easy to find when you come to leave.

The Kitchen

The more organised your kitchen, the more smoothly it’ll run. Keeping surfaces clutter-free gives you the space you need to work.

Cleaning your kitchen zone by zone works, yet you can also work by each category instead. Work through cooking utensils then cutlery and crockery and so on. Find a home for each and keep a rule where only ‘daily-used’ items can live on the countertop.

The Living Room

The living room is another room which collects clutter, such as books, toys, magazines etc, simply because it is used so often. The key to decluttering your living room is to;

  • Create permanent storage spaces for items you commonly use, such as the remote control, magazines and books.
  • Make sure to take the time to declutter this space regularly.

Firstly, start with any bookcases, tables or other surfaces. Empty each and take time to look over each item and then return them to their proper storage spaces.

Then, move onto electronics. Does everything work? How often do you use them? Store chargers, gadgets and games in one place together.

Finally, tackle any toys that have been left in the living room. Take a look at how much wear and tear each toy has and whether or not it functions as it should. Also, take the time to think, does your child actually play with each toy? Recycle, donate or store each toy.

The Bathroom

Start with your cabinets. Take out any medicines, skincare, makeup and other items and discard any unused/out of date items.

Do the same with your shower/bath and then with any under-sink cupboards etc.

The Bedroom

Finally, take time to tackle your bedroom. This is meant to be a place where you can relax so it’s vital you keep it decluttered. As it is the focal point of your space, make sure to make your bed. You will instantly feel calmer.

Next, put away anything on your bedside cabinet, such as mugs, glasses, jewellery, chargers and so on. Then, use the same logic on other surfaces.

Decluttering Your Space Using Self Storage

Too much clutter can be a huge source of stress. Yet what happens when you simply have too many sentimental items you want to keep? An excellent way to improve this is by moving these items into a storage facility

Here at AVM, we provide secure and reliable self-storage solutions at extremely competitive rates. With us, you’ll be able to store any of your belongings for as long as you like. All of our warehouses are clean and dry, protecting your items and materials from moisture, dirt and damage.

So, to discuss our storage service for your items further, call our team today on 0800 833 932. We’ll be more than happy to help.

Moving During Coronavirus

Moving During the Coronavirus Lockdown – Where Do You Stand?

Whether you’re buying, selling or simply moving from one rented home to another, it’s vitally important to know where you stand in regards to your move and lockdown.

Here at AVM, we offer an outstanding removals and storage service. We pride ourselves on being fast, friendly and reliable and can help ensure that moving home goes smoothly. For more information on the services we provide, call us today on 0800 833 932.

What Does the Government Say?

Given the situation, the UK government has given official guidance, urging anyone involved in the process of moving home to adapt to the situation and be flexible. Whilst the lockdown is beginning to ease up, the government has set out plans to restart England’s housing market, which was previously in a deep freeze.

Estate agents are now open, viewings can be carried out and removals companies can restart operations fully.

Potential buyers and renters will be allowed to visit show homes and attend viewings and anyone who has already bought a new home will be able to visit it to prepare for moving in.

During a physical viewing, all internal doors should stay open, or any touched doors handle wiped down along with other surfaces after each visit. Washing facilities should also be provided with washable towels, or visitors should bring their own hand sanitiser.

Virtual property viewings have also become more popular and will be running online where possible.

If you are moving in with someone new, who is currently in a different household, the government has said this is permitted. Though, it is vitally important that if anyone in either household is showing symptoms of the virus, the move should be delayed. A period of self-isolation should be completed before anyone moves.

How Can You Stay Safe Whilst Moving?

  • You and anyone in your household should try and do as much packing as possible yourself.
  • Where possible, clean your belongings before the move with a household cleaning product, before they are handled by the removers.
  • Whilst the removers are in your home, try to keep any internal doors open, minimise your contact with the team and keep a distance of at least 2 metres, if possible.
  • Everyone involved in the move should wash their hands regularly and avoid touching any surfaces where the coronavirus could be transmitted.
  • Unfortunately, please try not to provide any refreshments, but providing handwashing facilities and separate towels or paper towels that can be washed or disposed of, will help everyone to keep safe.

Stay Safe With a Stress-Free Move

The most important thing to remember is that flexibility is key for a successful move during such a confusing time. Be prepared to move and reschedule dates, in case someone becomes ill and must self-isolate.

Whilst removals firms are able to operate, you may see an adjustment to usual procedures in order to make you and your family are as safe as possible.

AVM Storage & Shipping is proud to be one of the leading removals companies in Cheltenham. Over the many years of which we have been established, we have provided our valued customers with a quality one-stop service that encompasses the main 4 cornerstones of the transport industry: removals, logistics, storage and shipping.

Our friendly team is always available on 0800 833 932 and will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have and advise you on your upcoming move.

Shipping Container

How Did Shipping Containers Change Our World?

From the day the shipping container was invented in 1956, it was known that this simple invention will be making a huge impact on the world.  Over the past 64 years, these containers have not only transformed how we internationally ship goods but they have also provided us with a new sustainable way of constructing small buildings, these containers are also being transformed into homes in some places in the world.


Containers Made Global Shipping Simple 


Prior to the invention of the steel shipping container, we were using wooden storage crates and barrels as a mean of transporting our goods. Whether this is clothes, food or raw material it was no doubt that this was simply inconvenient for all parties involved. Not only did this make international shipping complicated but also very costly, the amount of wood required to create these barrels and boxes got very expensive and more importantly they didn’t even last for long. When the steel shipping container came along it simply blew all other forms of transporting goods out of the water, literally. 


Containerisation Boosted The Economy Dramatically


Containers are renown for being the leading way for transporting goods in bulk around the globe, for this reason, a term called containerisation was created. Containerisation is a form of globalisation which primarily focused around the spread of goods and material around the globe instead of businesses growth in general. Containerisation hugely boosted our economy as it meant we now had a cost-effective way for us to trade goods with countries on the other side of the globe. This allowed all the countries in the globe to create very complexed trading agreements. As of today, this is something that we are commonly seeing day in and day out, how often do you look on the bottom of a plastic product and see the words “Made In China”? If it wasn’t for containerisation China would have a fraction of the economy as they do today


Cheap Construction For Small Businesses


Containers have become a lot more than just a means of transporting our goods from A to B, now they are starting to be used around the globe for construction purposes. After 10-12 years shipping containers are taken out of service due to depreciation. Once the container is no longer being used for transporting goods around the globe they can then be used for a second purpose, whether this is self-storage or construction. 


Shipping container offers a cost-effective solution for small businesses starting up to gain premises. Due to this, we have found that around the globe containers are being used to create restaurants, ice cream parlours and so much more. Bristol has even utilised storage containers to create a complex of small business who all seem to be doing extremely well. The restaurants are incredible, you easily forget you even sat within a storage container thanks to the jaw-dropping interior decoration. 


The Future Of Shipping Containers 


The truth is that the storage container will not be going anywhere soon. They are relied on so heavily by the shipping industry it is very unlikely that we will see these containers disappearing anytime soon. Even if storage containers are replaced within the shipping industry they will be used for construction for many years to come. Very recently a project called the launchpad opened up in Bristol. The launchpad was a project that was invented to help tackle the homeless problems within the city, by providing cost-effective living space. The containers have become so popular with the younger generation there has now become a huge demand for this form of an apartment. There would be no surprise if projects alike the launchpad start appearing across the UK and beyond. 

Moving House With Reptiles

Moving House With Your Reptiles or Fish

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Moving House With Reptiles

Here at AVM, we offer specialist removals and storage. We pride ourselves on being fast, friendly and reliable and we can offer removal packing kits of various sizes. If you are looking for removals in Cheltenham.  Call us today on: 0800 833 932 or enquire online using a contact form on our website.

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Reasons To Hire A Removal Company

Reasons To Hire a Removal Company

Why Should You Hire A Removal Company For Your Move?

As a removal company, AVM see great value in hiring our removal services over trying to move house by yourself or hiring a man with a van job. You may be thinking that we are biased or that you could do it cheaper another way. This is why we have put together the following reasons why hiring a removal company for your move is the best decision.

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Moving house in winter

Top Tips For Your Winter Move

Moving in winter is often not everybody’s first choice. The snow, ice, limited daylight hours and cold weather conditions are not the dream moving house scenario. The cold weather can cause delays, with icy roads and the risk of snow all potential factors to cause havoc on moving day. However, this also means a big reduction in waiting times and prices for removals companies at this time of year. If you are moving house in winter out of choice or circumstance, then we have provided some top tips to not let the move defeat you. Contact us on 0800 833 932 for more advice from our experts.

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