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Tips to Make the most of Storage

During your new home build

For most people about to embark on the new home build journey, the process involves the sale of their own home and a shift into temporary accommodation whilst the new build occurs.   Usually the temporary accommodation is smaller and results in the need for storage.  

On the blog today, our friends at Kent Relocation group have provided their hot tips on how to make the most out of paid storage. 

Making the most out of your storage is vital during your new home build. You need to know that all your valuables are locked up somewhere safe and sound. With this peace of mind, you can direct all your energy into the task at hand—building your dream home.

While storage might sometimes be considered an expensive option, if you know what you’re doing and understand the best way to maximize your secure storage space, you’ll be surprised at just how cost effective it can be.  

Check Your Storage Provider Carefully

There are so many storage providers out there it’s easy to make the wrong choice. Whenever you ring a provider make sure you put them through a vetting process before you sign on the dotted line. This means that you should confirm they hold all the relevant storage industry association memberships (like the Self Storage Association of Australasia). Confirm that they have extensive experience, and that they offer storage insurance. Ask exactly what types of items they’ll store and how they calculate their prices.

Choose a Secure Storage Option

Traditionally, self-storage is just a dusty room inside a big tin shed, with nothing more than a roller door to keep the burglars at bay—you may have your work cut out trying to keep your items safe. So, if you want your items to remain in top condition, you may want to find a more professional storage space and provider. You’ll want to be sure it offers options such as fire and security systems that are monitored 24/7, as well as climate control and protection against mould and mildew.

Pack with a Purpose

You must pack each of your items properly, keeping in mind that they will be placed into storage long-term; not simply moved from one house to another and unpacked within the week. This means wrapping and packing each item to ensure they aren’t damaged by moisture. Some items may need more care than others, particularly fragile items, refrigerators, and clothes.

Stack with a Purpose

One of the best ways to make the most of storage during renovations is to ensure that you stack your storage space in the most effective way possible. This means:

·       Lining the base of your storage unit with wooden pallets, effectively lifting all your treasures off the floor. This will help to protect your items if there is excess moisture or condensation inside the unit.

·       Using sheets of plywood between stacked piles of boxes to create ‘shelves’. This creates more room inside your storage space, and makes it a bit safer—piles of boxes are less likely to wobble around.

Book with Leeway for Extra Time

It’s never a good idea to book your storage dates so that you have to get everything out on the day your build is due to be finished. Your house home build might run over schedule, or you might decide that you don’t want to move in immediately. Make sure you and your belongings aren’t stuck without a home. It’s always a good idea to allow yourself a few weeks of leeway. Alternatively, you can select a storage provider who is flexible in terms of end-dates.

Ask About Extras

When you’re booking storage, you might think that all you just need is a place to store your belongings. However you may find that you need a little bit more help. Some storage providers offer a whole range of additional services, from professional packing and pick-up services (which can be a lifesaver if you find yourself running out of time), right through to the redelivery of your treasures.

If you use these tips, you’ll never regret your decision to invest in storage while your brand-new home is being built. A secure storage option really does eradicate so much of stress that can be associated with building your new home.



We talk to Anna, owner of 'Southern Belle' in Casuarina

Southern Belle, located at Casuarina is one of our favourite new home builds. Not only because we loved the style of the home (Hamptons) but also because of the client Anna Broomfield, affectionately nicknamed the pocket rocket.  

Anna loved building her second sanctuary 28 home so much that she is now helping other people with their building journey as a 'New Home' consultant for Sanctuary 28.  

Meet Anna

Sanctuary 28       Tell us about your family, who lives in the home?  I am from South Carolina and I married an Aussie 13 years ago in Australia. We traveled the world.  Landed in the USA and had our first child Kai. Not long after he was born we returned to the place where we were married Kingscliff and had our second child Grayson.  

Sanctuary 28       Tell us about Casuarina, what is it about that location that you love?  Everything.  Sandy toes, southern beaches which you can often find empty for miles, the salt air, the community.  A short drive to anywhere cool. 10 minutes to the airport to fly home. 

Sanctuary 28       Where did you get your inspiration from? tv / magazines /internet etc My childhood, the ideas  and images I have in my mind about a home and the need for it to feel welcoming and warm and full of love. Historic houses on the Beaches of South Carolina, the old Queenslander house. 

Sanctuary 28       What part of the building process did you enjoy the most?  Problem solving only to realize the solution turned out better anyway. Working with Don and watching something you have in your mind become a reality. 

Sanctuary 28       What was least enjoyable? Disagreeing with my Husband, but luckily in the end he just let me do whatever I wanted. 

Sanctuary 28       Which part of your home is your favourite? I love my rocking chair front porch.  My front door, and my bench seat nook in the kitchen. 

Sanctuary 28       Did you have any help with the design and selections?  I had lots of help.  I took advice from all but also trusted myself more the second time around.  I used Houzz idea-books alot to gather ideas of things I liked. 

 Sanctuary 28      Is there anything that you'd change? The windows in my children’s rooms are not big enough, and I need a few more electrical outlets but other than that no. 

Sanctuary 28       Advice for people considering building a home.  Create an ideas book on Houzz, really think about what isn’t working for you in your current home and how to solve problems with your new home. For me it was shoes, backbacks, laundry, surfboards, bikes.  All of these needed a place

Sanctuary 28       Would you build again? 100% yes!!!



A new home for the Browns!

It's not everyday that you get to build a new home for a photographer and we are absolutely loving having her capture and take us on a photo journey of the home building process.  In today's blog post we take a look at the progress so far and talk to our client Vanessa about how they arrived at building a new home.  Meet the Brown family.

We moved from Sydney to Kingscliff 10 years ago and rented a unit while deciding on where we would most like to live!  Danny wanted to live within walking distance to his favourite surf break in Cabarita and found a 3 bedroom beach shack in the ideal location!

I wasn’t 100% convinced but he assured me we would just live in the house for 3 - 4 years and then we would demolish and build!

Nine years on and we have finally demolished that house and are underway with our build!

In retrospect I’m glad we waited, the house our Architect Scott Carpenter designed will grow perfectly with our family!

Our three children have grown up sharing the same room and more often then not the same bed. They are very good at sharing and compromise.  

I absolutely love living in Caba and can’t wait to move into the new house…

The Brown's new Cabarita home, designed by Scott Carpenter Architects

As the demolition loomed, the children were given free reign to create artwork on walls and roller skate in the halls.  A great distraction from the major changes that were coming.