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At Atrium Storage we want you to have a great self storage experience. Packing is not an overly difficult task but if you put some thought and planning into it you can make the most out of every square inch of your space and potentially save money. Most people tend to think they need more space than they actually do. Hopefully these packing tips will help you pack your self storage unit efficiently and pack your belongings like a pro!

Learn how South Yorkshire small businesses are taking advantage of self storage to modernise how they run their operations. Helping them to save time and make more money. Every storage unit represents a possible extension to a business’s premises, an extra store room or even a brand new start-up’s HQ.

For this blog, we’re taking a look at a few reasons why space-strapped small businesses should consider using a facility like Atrium Self Storage to maximise profits and minimise waste.


Flexibility is the best friend of a small business. Your work loads and needs can change overnight. Good news – self-storage contracts don’t work like those of commercial properties. So if you decide you need extra space, you can arrange it almost immediately. Likewise, if you no longer require a unit or wish to reduce the space, this can be done with limited notice.
And, what if you need to receive a delivery but can’t be there in person? Don’t worry. There’s always someone onsite at Atrium Self Storage during our office hours, to act as a pick up and drop point, freeing you up to carry on delivering your business and ultimately making money.

Many of our business customers work unsociable and erratic hours so benefit from the 24/7 unrestricted access. Jack Naylor runs J&J Joinery, a South Yorkshire based building and renovations company who moved into Atrium Self Storage earlier this year. Their business was booming but they were rapidly running out of storage space. Jack reflects, “The facility has 24/7 access which is perfect for our needs as we often work nights so we can collect or drop off materials whenever we like.”

Another tenant whose leaflet distribution business is renowned for their flexibility approach is Compass Distribution. MD Alan Fenn explains, “Atrium Self Storage offers secure and clean facilities and a convenient location to service our customers across South Yorkshire. Unlimited electronic access means we can access our materials at any time of the day or night.”

Cost Effective

Whatever your business function or size, managing healthy running costs is paramount. Self storage can be an effective way to ensure waste is minimised whilst profits are maximised. J&J Joinery have benefited greatly from having their own unit. Jack reveals, “We need self storage to store materials and specialist tools for jobs. It is also good if there are any leftover materials from jobs. We can store them in our unit which enables us to save money when costing for the next job. It is a perfect place to build-up a stock to ensure we are always organised.”


Last but not least, you need to be confident your goods and equipment, which ultimately represent your livelihoods, are safe at all times. Imagine being without your tools or stock, your business could instantly dry up. That’s without the additional stress and cost of replacements and increased insurance premiums!

At Atrium Self Storage we have invested in state of art security and surveillance with global motion sensor CCTV including individual cameras per unit, monitored intruder alarms and fire detection systems.

“The facility has tremendous security which means I can sleep at night knowing our materials will be safe and sound. Compared to a lot of other places Atrium Self Storage is by far the best I could find. The size of the units and affordability are second to none. By far the biggest most secure unit for the money. Fair enough you can get containers for £20 a week but it is nowhere near as secure as Atrium Self Storage which puts my mind at ease.” Said Jack.

So are you ready to accelerate your business to the next level? With many businesses starting at home in the spare room, garage or around the kitchen table, taking the leap to commercial premises can feel scary and costly. However, having your own lockable self storage unit is the perfect stress-free low-risk solution to help you save time and make more money.

To find out more about the spaces on offer at Atrium Self Storage please contact us today.

The UK property market ground to an overnight halt at the end of March amid the global coronavirus pandemic. This week the Government has introduced measures to lift lockdown restrictions including opening estate agents to kick-start the frozen housing market. It is estimated almost 400,000 house chains were put on hold during the lockdown, which property giant Zoopla describes as ‘£82bn worth of property transactions in suspended animation’.

Movement and work restrictions have been lifted and house sales can now start to be completed and potential buyers can view properties. Reigniting the property market is the paramount importance to all concerned parties from estate agents, solicitors, surveyors, mortgage lenders to removal companies, all desperate for chains to be completed in order to release vital fees owed to them.

In the coming months self storage will continue to be one of the key support services many homeowners rely upon especially if you are part of a broken purchase chain. Whether buying or selling a property, being part of a chain can be extremely fragile, the more parties involved, the greater the risk of problems. If a house sale falls through, it can have a dramatic domino effect across the chain.

Here are our top three tips if you have a break in your property chain;

1) Rent to Protect your Chain

Sometimes circumstances dictate that you consider moving into rented accommodation to keep your own home sale on track. For example, you may have found a great buyer but for whatever reason, the house you want to buy falls through. This could be due to legal problems with the house you are buying, a change in personal circumstances for the seller, or a withdrawn mortgage offer. In these circumstances, renting a property on either a short or longer-term basis can be helpful and smooth the entire process.

However you may be concerned about the logistics of storing your possessions during this interim period. This is when self storage can be the perfect solution, giving you peace of mind that your precious goods are secure whilst allowing you full access to them whenever you wish.

2) Stronger Powers of Negotiation

Sellers love the magic words “we’re not in a chain”! Selling your existing property before you buy a new home can put you in stronger position, in terms of negotiating the best price and reducing the risk of being gazumped.

Homebuyers who are not in chains generally have much stronger powers of negotiation than those reliant on somebody else buying their property in order to finalise the sale.

This is especially the case if the seller is in a hurry to sell. There is a lot to be said for having the money in the bank when it comes to house buying, and don’t forget self storage is always available as a stop-gap.

3) Stress-Free Moving

Moving home is often dubbed as one of life’s “most stressful events”! Whilst it may be a big life event, it doesn’t have to be stressful.

If you’re selling up and moving in with family for a while or into a rental property not only is it nice to have the cash from your house sale sitting in the bank but it makes moving house a whole lot less stressful too.

When in a chain, you’re often forced to move out of your old house and into the new home on the same day. Whether you use a removal company or move yourself, there’s little if any time to set up a bed or put up curtains. And if there is a hold up on moving day with money transfers and getting the new keys, your stress levels can go through the proverbial roof.

On the other hand, if you’re moving your possessions into self storage there’s no pressure. You can do the move over several days if you wish. Many people opt to move into storage the day before they hand the over the keys giving them time for a last clean and check over of the house. The whole process is much more relaxed and puts you in control.

The same applies when you come to move out of self storage. When you get the keys to your new home there’s no time pressure to move in. If there’s work to be done you can leave your belongings in storage whilst the builders or decorators crack on.

Want to Find Out More?

Contact us here at Atrium Self Storage where you are guaranteed safe, convenient, purpose built indoor storage with your own personal lockable units. With unlimited electronic key access, you can get to your possessions whenever you like 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Call us now on 01709 718143 or email for a free no obligation quote or simply complete our online contact form.

If you have never used self storage before, there are many reasons why you could fall in love with it. See our top four reasons to love self storage…..

  1. Get extra space at home. Your home should feel like a living space not like a storage space. Do you have to-do piles that never get actioned? Belongings filling corners that you haven’t used in years but can’t throw away? Look around you and ask yourself what you want from your living space in 2020.
  2. Get extra space at work. Make your office a great place to work that is free from distractions. Move your archiving, seasonal stock, overstock into a storage to reclaim your work space.
  3. Get your spare bedroom back if you are working from home. Run an e-commerce business from a storage unit and clear your house, garage or shed of stock. Improve your work life balance with a dedicated work space and dedicated home space.
  4. Last minute storage help in a dilemma. Sometimes life throws us a curve ball and we find ourselves needing help in a hurry. The stress of house sale delay, an extension taking over the house or a garage falling down can all be eased with self storage, which can be booked quickly at last minute with flexible short or long term contracts to suit your needs.

At Atrium Self Storage we have a wide range of storage unit sizes available. Our smallest units are 25 square feet and our largest are 170 square feet. We also have many sizes in between. We’re sure that we have something that will meet your needs. See our self-storage calculator for assistance on your storage size requirements or visit the storage site at Hellaby and one of our friendly team will show you the sizes we have available and advise you on your space requirements for your needs. Contact us today for more information.