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Moving house? How our removals and storage solution can help you

Moving house is an exciting time, but it can also be rather stressful – It’s even frequently cited as one of life’s most stressful events! At Hogleaze Storage, we aim to take some of that stress away with our complete removals and storage solution

Read on to discover our ‘top tips’ to help you plan your house move, as well as what the team at Hogleaze Storage can offer you.

Top tips for moving house

Having a ‘plan of action’ to the packing and moving process can really help make sure that you’ve got everything covered. We have years of experience of helping our customers move house so we thought we’d share some of tips we’ve learned over the years:

  1. Have a big clear out! – It sounds pretty obvious but you don’t want to pay to move and store items that you don’t need anymore. Take this opportunity to go through your belongings and create ‘bin, donate and keep’ piles.  
  2. Start packing early – Being organised during a house move will make the process much easier. Packing away things that you don’t use daily e.g. Christmas decorations, seasonal clothes, keepsakes, etc can get you ahead of the game. 
  3. Arrange a storage solution if needed – Introduce the idea of hiring a storage unit to help keep your items safe before, during and after the move. You may not be able to move directly from one property to another, so the need for temporary or long term storage might be essential- the team at Hogleaze Storage can help organise this for you.
  4. Book professional movers – Once you’ve decluttered and you know what you’re taking, the next step is to organise your removals company, to help you transport your items for when the big day comes. 
  5. Have a plan for moving day – Don’t go putting all your effort into the pre-moving prep and end up unprepared on the day! Pack some snacks and drinks, have a plan for children and pets, leave time to clean, ensure you’ll have access to essential items (eg. chargers, medicines, money) and make sure you’ve got all your documents and keys in order.

Our ‘all-in-one removals and storage’ solution

At Hogleaze Storage we understand that moving house is a challenging time, but we provide a full service that should make the process a little easier.  

Our standard removals and storage solution is available to all DT postcodes, covering local towns and villages such as Dorchester, Weymouth, Bridport, Abbotsbury and Puddletown (along with many more).

How does it work?

  • Step 1: We provide the packing materials including boxes, bubble wrap, tape and labels
  • Step 2: Then one of the team will move your belongings into one of our safe & secure units
  • Step 3: And, when you’re ready, we’ll deliver your stored items to your new address

Hogleaze Storage has partnered with a local removals company to provide Hogleaze customers with a removal, packing and storage solution as a one-stop-shop service. We’ll even sort out the insurance for extra peace of mind.

How much does it cost?

With prices starting from just £395 (subject to terms & conditions), you can rest assured that all your removal and storage needs will be met in a timely and cost-effective manner.

Why choose our all-in-one solution

This is the perfect solution for if you want to decorate or renovate your new home without having all your belongings and furniture there. It also gives you the flexibility to move into your new home in stages, as you’ll be able to adjust your storage contract accordingly.

You could also benefit from;

  • Less pressure on your moving day
  • Storing some belongings when your house is on the market could help attract buyers who appreciate a more simple, decluttered way of living
  • The option of a full packing service if you’re pushed for time
  • Dealing with one provider who will coordinate the move and storage for you  

Check out our FAQs section for more information.

Hogleaze Storage is a trusted and certified local removals and storage company with years of experience in the industry.

“We were so pleased with the service we received during our recent house move, the facilities are amazing and so clean.  We loved that we could access our belongings whenever we wanted.” 
K Hester – Customer of Hogleaze Storage

Contact us now for more information

With storage locations just off the A35 close to Dorchester, and on the Granby Industrial Estate in Weymouth, Hogleaze Storage offers unrivalled facilities such as differently sized units, easy 24/7 access and high-security features, as well as excellent customer service.

To discuss our removals and storage service, please call our Weymouth storage site on 01305 830000, or email info@weymouthselfstorage.co.uk. For our Dorchester storage site, please call us on 01305 889777 or email info@hogleazestorage.co.uk.

Alternatively, visit our contact page and fill in the form and one of our team will be in touch.

Top tips for long term storage

There are many different scenarios where people may need to store their belongings for a long period. Maybe you have family heirlooms that don’t have a place in your home right now, or you’re going travelling and need a safe place to store some of your possessions while you are away. Whatever your reasons, determining what to do with your ‘stuff’ while you’re away from home for months (or years) can be stressful.

Our Dorset storage experts have created a helpful guide to take some of your worries away. Read on to find out our top tips for long term storage.

1. Decide how much you have to store

From needing to store your caravan or motorhome over the winter months, storing business paperwork to declutter your office, or storing household items during a renovation project, the team at Hogleaze Storage have got your back. There are a wide range of things that you could put into long term storage, so before you take any steps to prepare, you’ll need to decide how much you have to store, and find the right size unit. 


We provide a range of unit sizes allowing you to be able to safely store small household items or household furniture in long term storage, just call our Dorchester team on 01305 889777 or our Weymouth team on 01305 830000 to discuss your needs.

2. Clean your items

Before packing up your items for storage and forgetting all about them for a while, you should give everything a good clean. Remove any batteries from remotes, old toys and anything else you can think of and make sure that everything is dry before storing it away. This will ensure that your items don’t go mouldy while they are packed away. 

Our Dorset storage units are weatherproof and kept immaculately clean, so as long as there is no moisture in the items to begin with, they are likely to stay in good condition for when you return.

3. Pack away your items safely

To ensure the safekeeping of your possessions, make sure that you pack everything into new, sturdy packing boxes. Use bubble wrap to protect any valuables in the boxes and seal the box with tape so the box is airtight. Avoid using plastic bags as they can not guarantee safe storage of your things, not to mention their impact on the environment! 

We suggest that you label your boxes so that you have an idea what is in each box, making it easier to keep organised. 
From boxes, to bubble wrap,tape to labels, everything that you need to safely pack away your belongings can be bought through us at either of our storage facilities. If you are unsure what packaging you may need, drop an email to info@hogleazestorage.co.uk or call our Dorchester team on 01305 889777 or our Weymouth Team on 01305 830000 and we’d be happy to offer our advice.

4. Be strategic with your space 

If you’ve got lots of things that need to be put away, the thought of getting started can be intimidating. Although it might seem obvious, we advise that you utilise shelves, racks and boxes as much as possible. By doing this you can make the space organised, keep your items easily accessible and ensure that the use of space is maximised. If you are going to stack boxes ensure they are full, or they may collapse when stacked.

You will also find that labelling your boxes will help here, as that will enable you to position everything in a sensible manner (heavy things at the bottom etc.) as well as then making it easier for you to find things at a later date.

Also, consider the order that you pack your storage unit. If there are any items that you’ll want to collect sooner than others, don’t forget to leave them closer to the entrance.

5. Insurance

One final tip would be to purchase storage insurance which will add an extra layer of safety to your possessions. This, of course, is extra and if you are going to be away for an extended period of time.

Consider the best local storage facility 

Our storage units are cost-effective, easily accessible and can cater to your long term needs. We don’t have a maximum length of stay, meaning that you can continue storing your possessions for as long as you like, and be confident that your belongings are in safe hands. Unlike some storage companies, we won’t regularly increase your fee the longer you stay, so you’ll know that you’re getting the best deal in the area.

Get in contact with our storage experts to book your Dorset storage. Just call our Weymouth facility on 01305 830000 or email info@weymouthselfstorage.co.uk, alternatively you can contact our Dorchester branch on 01305 889777 or info@hogleazestorage.co.uk

And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook for more tips and tricks on self storage.

A Simple Guide to Dorchester Storage

Steeped in history and best known for its ties with Thomas Hardy, Dorchester is a charming, historical market town nestled on the banks of the River Frome to the south of the Dorset Downs. 

If you’re looking for self storage in Dorchester; Hogleaze Storage have you covered.

Self Storage Dorchester

If you have recently moved to Dorchester or are looking to come back to the area, chances are you will need to sort out, organise and store your personal belongings somewhere safe and accessible like Hogleaze Self Storage Dorchester. 

No matter your storage needs, whether they’re small or large, business or personal, our Dorchester storage facility has plenty of units, in various sizes to meet your requirements. The size of our domestic storage units range from 25 square ft floor area (225 cu.ft.) 2 sq metres (5.4 cu. metres) up to 190 square ft floor area (1520 cu.ft.)18 sq metres (43 cu metres) so whether you need a full-size unit for your house move or a smaller business storage unit to store your business documents or excess stock, we will help you find the perfect Dorchester storage solution for you. 

We are happy to arrange a meeting which will allow you to view our facilities and visualise the appropriately sized storage for your belongings, just phone our team on 01305 889777 or visit our contact page

Please see our Domestic Storage and Business Storage pages for more information on our storage facilities at Dorchester.

Storing your Vehicle at Hogleaze Storage

Located just off the Roman Road at Town Hill, our Storage Units in Dorchester are conveniently located less than 5 miles from the centre of Dorchester. Easily accessible but hidden from the road by banks with wild flowers , the storage holds around 260 cars, caravans, boats and motorhomes in individually marked plots. You have the choice of undercover storage and outside storage, subject to availability, and at Hogleaze, you are free to come and go with your vehicle as you please 24/7.

Hogleaze Storage has been awarded the CaSSOA (Caravan Storage Site Owners Association) Gold Award which means we have reached the highest accreditation for secure vehicle storage in the following areas:

  • Perimeter protection
  • Access control
  • CCTV, surveillance & alarms
  • Site admin and on-site services
  • Fire safety

Read more about what makes Hogleaze Storage Dorchester one of the safest places to store your vehicle in our article here >>.

A Simple Guide to Dorchester Storage

Within a short driving distance of Poole, Weymouth, and Lyme Regis, it’s no great surprise that Dorset has over 250 campsites and caravan parks. If you are a caravan or motorhome owner, chances are you need somewhere safe to store your vehicle after the peak holiday season. And let’s be honest, who couldn’t do with the extra parking space on the driveway. We offer secure indoor or outdoor motorhome storage and caravan storage in Dorchester.

Or, perhaps you’re more of a classic car enthusiast. If you’ve enjoyed the beauty of driving your classic car in the great British summer weather but with Autumn on the horizon you’re thinking about swapping your elegant soft-top for the modern comforts of heated seats, winter tyres and parking assistance, storing your classic car with Hogleaze Storage will give you peace of mind that your vehicle is safe from sun bleaching, weather damage, or theft.

But that’s not all, our vehicle storage is also used for people looking to store a wide variety of vehicles including boats, motorcycles, and even trailers, jet skis and more!

The Cost of Self-Storage

Hogleaze Storage has a range of storage to suit all budgets and requirements and we ensure our prices are competitive whilst maintaining a first-class service. We require no deposit and the process of signing up for your storage solution couldn’t be simpler.

To find out how much our vehicle and self storage solutions cost, see our cost table.

Need Help Packing Up Your Belongings?

When storing your possessions you’ll want to ensure that they’re packed away safely and that they’re organised so items are easy to find. Additionally, ensure there are no hazardous products or flammable substances kept in your Dorchester storage facility for safety reasons. Read our article for tips on how to keep your home and belongings safe.

If you require packing materials we have boxes from as little as £3 each and a range of bubble wrap and tape available at reception. 

Looking for someone to help you move your belongings in? Due to our local connections, we can arrange for a full removal and storage service.

A Simple Guide to Dorchester Storage

What to Expect at Hogleaze Storage Dorchester

We are keen to ensure that your search for self storage in Dorchester is as simple and efficient as possible. Our process is as follows:

  1. Get in touch with a member of our team by either phoning 01305 889777, filling in a contact form or emailing info@hogleazestorage.co.uk.
  2. Our team will then help you find the best solution for your needs, agree the size of unit required and the duration (short or long term rentals are available) and give you a competitive quote. 
  3. Finally, you’ll be invited to a guided tour of our facilities to complete some paperwork and be given an explanation of our security systems.

If you have additional questions regarding our storage facilities, please see our FAQ page.

Contact our Dorchester Experts

If you would like to hire one of our Dorchester self storage units, store your caravan, motorhome, classic car or boat, or would like further information about how we can help you today, then you’re always welcome to pop in during our opening hours, phone our team on 01305 889777, or get in contact. We look forward to welcoming you to our Dorchester storage facility.

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A simple guide to self storage in Weymouth

According to WessexFM, in 2019, Weymouth was ranked as the 4th best seaside town for families in the UK, so it’s no surprise Weymouth is a popular place to live. 

If you are looking to live by the sea, one thing that may hinder your quest is the size and availability of seaside properties within your budget. If this is the case, Hogleaze Self Storage in Weymouth could help by providing storage for your possessions to make it easier for you to act quickly and to live happily in a smaller property.

This article outlines a simple guide to self storage in Weymouth, as well as what to expect from a visit to our Weymouth storage facility.

Budget 

When it comes to Weymouth storage, you should think carefully about how much space you actually need and what you can afford to spend on a storage unit. At most storage facilities, including our self-storage in Weymouth, there will be different types and sizes of units available that will be priced differently. Therefore you’ll want to be sure you’re getting the right sized unit to comfortably fit your possessions without paying for space you don’t need. 

It’s also wise to get quotes from a couple of different companies to see who can offer you a better deal. At Hogleaze Storage, we’re so confident that our prices are the most competitive in the Weymouth area that we offer every customer a price match guarantee for any like for like quote, as well as zero deposits. 

View our storage costs here.

Location

When searching for a storage unit in Weymouth, it can be tempting to choose a facility solely based on price, and the location is sometimes overlooked. For a hassle-free storage experience, you’ll want to find somewhere that is safe and easy to reach, after all, you won’t want to travel further than you have to or be forced to use a facility that feels abandoned and unsafe.

Our Weymouth storage facility is located on the Granby Industrial Estate, which is conveniently placed to allow you easy access to and from our facility, and is less than 3 miles drive from the town centre!Learn more about our Weymouth storage site. 

Security 

It’s essential to find a storage facility that has some very effective security features in place so that you can have plenty of peace of mind knowing that your belongings are safe and secure. This is especially important if you are storing objects that are of a high sentimental or monetary value, such as an expensive family heirloom or a business

Standard security features we offer at our Weymouth storage units include:

  • Alarmed site with CCTV
  • Member of Self Storage Association UK (SSA UK)

Read our article for tips on how to keep your home and belongings safe.

“We’ve been super impressed with this storage facility.  The manager, David, couldn’t do enough for us.  The facility is clean, modern and well-lit, and prices very competitive.  Access to the loading bay is great and the lift is huge, and there are large trolleys to move your goods from store to van. Can’t fault it.” – Customer

Self storage weymouth

What to Expect at Hogleaze Storage Weymouth 

We are keen to make hiring self storage in Weymouth as simple as possible. Our process is:

  1. Get in touch with a member of our team by either phoning 01305 830000, filling in a contact form or emailing info@weymouthselfstorage.co.uk.
  2. Our team will help you find the best solution for your needs, help you decide on a duration (short or long term rentals are available) and give you a competitive quote. 
  3. You’ll then be invited to a guided tour of our facilities to complete some paperwork and be given an explanation of our security systems. 

Don’t worry if you want to change your storage solution, just give us two weeks’ notice and we will adapt your plan to suit your needs.

If you have additional questions regarding our storage facilities, please see our FAQ page. 

Contact our Weymouth experts

If you would like to hire one of our Weymouth self storage units, then you’re always welcome to pop in during our opening hours, phone our team on 01305 830000, or get in contact here. You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin

We look forward to welcoming you to our Weymouth storage facility.

Our Dorset Self Storage Sites – Coronavirus Update

The Government have listed businesses such as our Dorset self-storage warehouses an important part of the goods management and distribution network. As such, we are allowed to continue to operate in the current environment. 

Guidance relating to the Coronavirus pandemic is changing often, but our objective is to keep our Dorset self-storage sites open insofar as we can. This is so our business customers can continue to operate. It’s particularly important for small to medium business owners, who are allowed to continue operating, to be able to access documents or their essential goods. The Government has specifically said online retailing should continue. Read more here >>

At Hogleaze Storage, the health and safety of our colleagues, customers and suppliers is our main priority. Rest assured, we are following government guidelines regarding best practice during the current coronavirus outbreak as well as safety guidance from the SSAUK (Self Storage Association UK). 

To remain operational we ask that all visitors to our sites adhere to the Government guidelines regarding best practice. You can find them here >>

Steps being taken at our self-storage facilities in Dorchester and Weymouth

Our staff have intensified their cleaning levels to ensure that all commonly touched areas are sanitized regularly. We ask that anyone visiting our sites wash or sanitize their hands before entering or leaving the buildings.

If anyone is experiencing any symptoms of the coronavirus, we urge you to please stay home. These symptoms include, but are not limited to; new continuous cough and/or high temperature.

Our staff members will remain inside reception and office areas and we ask that visitors do not enter these zones. If visiting one of our sites, please adhere to government guidelines and keep a distance of at least 2-metres from other people using the facilities.

Opening Hours

To support our customers and colleagues through this difficult time, we’ll be operating our sites during the following hours:

Dorchester

For existing customers, access to our Dorchester site remains unaffected, with 24/7 access via key fob entry. If you’re looking to hire a storage unit at our Dorchester site, please call us on  01305 889777.

Weymouth

Our Weymouth storage centre can be accessed each Wednesday between 9 am and 5 pm or by appointment. For access on other days, this can be arranged in advance by calling our team on 01305 830000

We will continue to closely monitor information provided from the Government, SSAUK and the NHS to ensure we’re doing everything we can to continue to provide a clean and safe environment for our valued customers and employees.

Everything you need to know about our Weymouth storage site

Are you considering using a self storage unit to house your business ‘stuff’ or home belongings? If you are local to Weymouth, you will want to find a facility that will suit your requirements as well as being affordable and flexible. In this article, we have outlined the top 20 things you need to know about our Weymouth storage site.

1. We’re based in Cambridge Road on the Granby Industrial Estate

Situated just 2 miles from the centre of Weymouth town, our storage facility is conveniently located on the Granby Industrial Estate, meaning free parking and easy access when you need to store.  

2. We’ve recently extended our storage facility to 3 floors

2019 was the year of expansion for Hogleaze Storage, our 30,000 square feet premise went upwards as we added a whole new floor of units to meet the demands of our customers. We have rapidly started filling up our new units which are still easily accessible using the onsite lifts.

3. Our manager, David, is a self-confessed storage expert

David has been with us from the very beginning of our Weymouth storage venture, so it’s safe to say that if he doesn’t know what size unit would be best for your belongings then no one will. You will likely bump into David when you visit Hogleaze, whether that’s for a tour of our facility or to provide you with some helpful tips on making the most of your space. Call David on 01305 830000.

4. We’re open 7 days a week

Not everyone has the flexibility to visit their unit during the weekdays, so we’re open 7 days a week to make it convenient for you. Whether you are popping in to pick up a single item or have a garage full that needs storing, we’re here when you need us!

5. We have units available for everyone

From tiny cupboard sized units, to a unit to fit your whole home in (well almost), you can rest assured that the size you need will be available. It can sometimes be hard to know how small or big you need to opt for but when booking your unit, but our team will ask all the right questions to make sure you get the size that’s right for you!

6. Our largest unit available is…

200 Sq ft! That’s pretty big and could probably fit the contents of a 4 or 5 bed house in. A great option if you are moving house and need somewhere to store your belongings in the meantime. Perfect for large appliances, sofas and other bulky furniture.

7. We’re rated pretty highly by our loyal customer base

Customer satisfaction is hugely important to us, whether it’s the friendly face on arrival, or our flexible storing contracts, we go above and beyond to make your storage experience a good one. We’re pleased to say we’ve achieved a 4.7 star rating on Google… take a look at our reviews here >>

“We’ve been super impressed with this storage facility. The manager, David, couldn’t do enough for us. The facility is clean, modern and well-lit, and prices are very competitive.  Access to the loading bay is great and the lift is huge, and there are large trolleys to move your goods from store to van. Can’t fault it.”

Peter, Weymouth Storage customer

8. We’re proud members of the SSA UK (Self Storage Association)

When looking for a storage facility, you will want to check they’ve got their SSA UK badge. This means that they have access to advice and training by the SSA to enable them to meet high standards within the storage industry.

You can learn more about how storage facilities receive the SSA badge here >>

9. The best things we’ve ever seen stored with us are…

We don’t actually always see what comes in but treat all customers the same as all items to them are precious. Some people have previously used their unit to store large book collections and make a whole library in their unit.

10. Our Weymouth storage facility opened in 2016   

We are now celebrating our storage site being open 4 whole years!

11. The longest time someone has stored their belongings with us is…

We have a few customers that have been storing with us since the 1st week we opened and haven’t left since, now that’s what we call customer loyalty!

12. We have plenty of trolleys & boxes to make storing simple

To make best use of your unit, we would advise that where possible you bring your belongings packed in boxes as this way you can optimise the space. If you haven’t had the chance to beg, borrow or steal boxes from friends or family, we have plenty that you can pick up from reception. We also have trolleys available to use, and with our large drop off point outside the front of the building, you won’t have to trek too far to get to your unit.

13. The most commonly stored item we see is…

Household storage wins the award for this one!

14. Our storage facility was featured in the Dorset Echo

Our manager David and owner Hugo were interviewed back in 2016 and featured in the Dorset Echo… you can read the article here >>

15. We have many businesses using our storage units

Storage units aren’t just for homeowners who need to make some space, we see many businesses come through our doors too.

Whether it’s to store extra stock safely, or you have too many documents that you need to archive, businesses use our units for many reasons.

16. We have a sister storage facility based in Dorchester

If you are looking for vehicle storage, or Dorchester is just a little more convenient for you to get to, then our sister facility would be perfect for you.

Our Dorchester site accommodates the following:

Learn more about our Dorchester storage facility here >>

17. We take the security of your belongings very seriously

With our fully alarmed and CCTV monitored storage facility together with our strict security procedures we take very good care of your stored goods at our Weymouth storage facility.

18. You can rent a Weymouth storage unit immediately or in advance

Maybe you’ve suddenly had an urge to spring clean and need to move some belongings out of your home immediately, or you’re moving house and want to pre-arrange your storage unit, either way we will be able to sort it for you at a time that suits you.

19. Zero deposits

To help make our servcies even more affordable, we offer zero deposit contracts to allow you to start storing right away.

20. We’re easy to get in contact with…

You’re always welcome to pop in during our opening hours, alternatively, you can get in contact via email on info@weymouthselfstorage.co.uk, our contact form here or by calling us on 01305 830000. You can also find us on Facebook and send us a message here >>

We look forward to welcoming you to our Weymouth storage facility.

Keep your home and belongings safe and secure, top tips from a Dorset storage company

In Dorset we are fortunate to be ranked as the 13th safest county in the country, however, it’s still good to be aware of what precautions you can take to make your home safer and how you can keep your belongings secure as we go into the new decade. 

Did you know that in 2018,  domestic burglaries in Dorset had gone up by more than 300% when compared to the previous 12 months?* 

In this article, we are going to touch on some of the steps you can take to make your home safer, which will include smart technology, Dorset storage options and small changes you can make to your lifestyle to err on the side of caution. 

Technology that will outsmart anyone who tries to get into your home 

With home automation all the rage at the moment, it’s now easier than ever to get your hands on the gadgets that really can make a difference to your home security. Unlike 10 years ago, they won’t break the bank either, so you can have peace of mind for just a small price. Here are just a few we would recommend… 

Smart home security systems

Security systems used to only be seen outside huge homes, they were expensive, hard to install and weren’t exactly ‘smart’. Nowadays, every home deserves this level of security and it is much cheaper than you may think to set up. 

A smart home security system may include some of the following features: 

  • Alarm system 
  • Motion detection 
  • Controlled through an app on your phone 
  • Live video feeds 
  • Sensors 

Wireless video doorbells

Technology now allows you to see exactly who is at your door or even near your home through a video doorbell app without the need for fiddly installation and wiring. Notifications will alert you when someone is there and will even record the action which you can save to your phone. If any suspicious activity is happening, they will immediately be caught on camera, regardless of where you are. 

You can even pick one of these up for less than £100! 

Smart lights

Most outdoor lights will activate when motion is detected, but you could also link up your interior and exterior lights with your smartphone. 

Take a few extra practical security measures

Put up deterrents and signs

Even if you don’t have extra security in place, burglars won’t know this, a simple deterrent sign could be enough to make them move on. 

Check windows, doors gates & garages 

It can be easy to just assume that you won’t be one of the unlucky ones, but a quick 2-minute check before you lock the front door can really help keep your possessions protected. 

Don’t leave expensive goods on display or in your front garden

This one is more important if you are going away on holiday for a period of time. Pack away your BBQ, and outside furniture and potentially close curtains or blinds into rooms such as your lounge so your TV is out of sight. 

Store away some of your belongings 

We are always looking to make extra space in our homes, and if you are guilty of having belongings in your home that you know would be better placed in a storage unit, then get in touch with Hogleaze Storage today to discuss your Dorset storage options. If you don’t want to risk leaving your valuables unattended when not in use, have you thought about a dedicated self storage unit? Popular items our customers choose to store with us include: 

  • Vintage and antique pieces 
  • Furniture 
  • Luggage 
  • Collectables 

At both our Dorset storage options, we offer various sized units to suit your budget and requirements, so whether you are looking for a short-term solution whilst you complete a home project, or a longer-term solution, you can rely on your local Weymouth storage or Dorchester storage site to keep your belongings safe.

Here are some quick links to some useful pages: 

Get in contact with our storage experts today by calling us on 01305 830000 (Weymouth) or 01305 889777 (Dorchester). We can discuss all your Dorset storage options, as well as helping you to find a unit that is perfect for your needs.

*https://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/17599366.crime-stats-show-offences-up-in-dorset/ 

Wine storage – How to look after your best booze

With Christmas over for another year, you may find you have a few extra bottles left behind after the festive season. But, is your wine collection getting too large for you to handle? 

If you don’t have space for a dedicated wine storage rack and there’s no cellar in sight, have you considered storing some of those precious bottles at a self storage unit? Whilst our sites are not equipped for specialist wine storage, we do have wine resellers storing with us and also pub owners with excess stock.

You may have visions of grandeur when you think of a wine storage unit, but actually, this doesn’t have to be the case. Even small amounts of wine should be carefully considered when it comes to storing. For many connoisseurs looking for a suitable option, you may have thousands of pounds worth of the wine in your collection, and you won’t be doing it any favours if you don’t store it in the appropriate way. Here are our top tips for storing your best booze, whether that’s at a self storage unit or at home… #

1.Have you considered the temperature? 

Having the optimum room temperature is quite possibly the most important element to consider when it comes to storing your wine properly. Simply put, the cooler the room, the longer your wine will last, a warm room will age it considerably quicker and leads it to being undrinkable.

You’re likely to have your heating ramped up over 20 degrees at this time of year, which could do some serious damage!  

2. Wine flourishes in darkness 

Wine cellars are usually within the basement of a house for this exact reason, and have you ever considered why some expensive wines are boxed or pre-wrapped when you purchase them?

UV rays from the sun can damage the wine and spoil the aroma, whilst wine bottles are designed to offer some UV protection, this isn’t enough if it’s left in direct sunlight.  

3. Wine should be kept on its side 

Why do you ask? Well, a wine bottle that is kept upright stops the contact between the wine and the cork. By keeping it on its side, you are keeping the cork nice and moist reducing the chances of it shrinking and allowing oxygen to enter the bottle. 

Why is oxygen bad for my wine?

When too much oxygen comes into contact with your wine, a process called oxidation occurs. This is when oxygen reacts with compounds within the wine, producing off-flavours and aromas and resulting in browning of the wine. Although desirable for the likes of an Oloroso sherry or Tawny port, for most wines, too much oxygen contact spells disaster! 

4. Is your collection safe and secure? 

If you have a big wine collection, it’s probably worth quite a bit too. Not properly storing your wine could mean it’s not safe either and it may not always be accounted for in your insurance documents. By placing your wine in a self storage unit, you can rest assured it will be looked after and all the insurance will be sorted. 

Wine storage isn’t just for collectors, are you a bar or restaurant looking to store your wine? 

For many restaurateurs, it can be a struggle to find the space for all the alcohol you will need to have on standby, especially during this busy Christmas time. It might also be the case that and buying in bulk can save you a lot of money, so now it’s just a case of finding somewhere for it go. 

For booze that can be kept more than a few weeks, having a self storage wine unit can become a real space saver, and with the discounts you will be saving by buying in bulk, really it’s a win-win situation. With our self storage units being close to both Dorchester and Weymouth, we are well-positioned to safely store your wine until you need to replenish your stock. 

You can read our prices for storage units here, or get in contact here

Why choose Hogleaze for wine storage? 

With hundreds of units across our 2 locations in Weymouth in Dorchester, we have plenty of various options that are perfectly suited to look after your booze. 

Each unit is: 

  • Monitored with CCTV 
  • Flexible access, with 24/7 entry at our Dorchester site with the use of a key fob and everyday access at Weymouth. 

Contact Hogleaze today… 

If a storage unit for your wine seems like a suitable option, get in contact with our storage experts by contacting us here, or calling Weymouth on 01305 830000 or our Dorchester site on 01305 889777

How to make the best use of our household storage units

Already thinking of how you can make some changes in 2020? With New Year just around the corner, many of us will be creating some resolutions, which often involve getting more organised and sorting our the home. 

Whether you need to store your Christmas tree somewhere whilst you sort out your loft, or those new toys for the kids are cluttering up the hallway, it’s out with the old and in with the new meaning now could be a good time to look at household storage units. 

But, before you commit to booking self storage units, have you thought about how you can make the best use of them and potentially save yourself some money? Here are our top tips… 

Be brutal before storing

So many people we talk to end up storing belongings that they won’t ever use again or need, but just keep ‘for the sake of it’ or because they’re a secret hoarder – do you really still need that TV from 2005 when you’ve just got a shiny new smart TV? 

This is a great time to be a bit brutal with your possessions, you could either give some to charity, sell them, or as a last resort head to your local tip. Then once the culling is complete, you’ll have a better sense of how much you need to store in your unit. 

Read our article on how to become a minimalist which will give you some more useful tips >> 

Choose the correct self storage unit size

Household storage at Hogleaze

One thing you don’t want to happen is that you choose your storage unit size, start filling it up and then realise you could have opted for one half the size, or on the other end of the spectrum, it’s far too small and you have to rent another one! 

At Hogleaze Storage, we offer many different sized units across both our sites so you can store your belongings with ease. These include:  

  • 25 sq ft – size of a cupboard
  • 35 sq ft
  • 50 sq ft –  size of a small bedroom
  • 65 sq ft
  • 75 sq ft – size of half a single garage
  • 100 sq ft
  • 150 sq ft – the size of a single garage
  • 200 sq ft – the size of a small double garage

If you are unsure what size is best for you, get in touch with our team who will be able to advise by contacting us here >> 

Know how long you plan to store for

In many cases when looking for household storage units, you will find that you can bag yourself a discount when you store for a certain length of time. Whilst it’s not feasible for some of us to know how long to store for and a rolling contract might be the best option, others may know they want to store for 6 months + or maybe a year or more if you are moving abroad or for extended travelling periods.

Here at Hogleaze, we offer flexible storing contracts for long and short term rentals. 

Get the right packing materials

You want to make use of every bit of space you can get to within your household storage unit, so packing your belongings properly is a good place to start. 

  1. Buy plenty of boxes and pack items carefully to save space. Make sure the boxes are full as this will also allow you to stack the packed boxes much more easily so you can take advantage of the height of your unit too. 
  2. Utilise your items to store other smaller items – if you’re storing a wardrobe, dresser, or desk, use the space inside so you’re not wasting any precious sq ft. 
  3. Label your boxes – if you have fragile items, you want to make sure you don’t overload those boxes, so leave them till last and make sure they’re labelled. 

Did you know we can supply packing boxes, bubble wrap and tape? Just ask our storage experts when you enquire for a price list.  

Store sensibly 

A popular reason for requiring household storage units is due to home renovations, but it can be a real nightmare if you put your sofa at the back of your unit only to realise 2 months later you need to get just that item out. Think about the items you will need to collect first, and pack your unit in the right order to save yourself the hassle. 

Speak to an expert 

If you have questions about our self storage units and how to best store your household belongings, firstly take a look at our FAQ page

If you still need questions answered, speak to our team at either our Weymouth site on 01305 830000 or at our Dorchester site on 01305 889777. We have become the experts at estimating the size of the unit you will require.

Space-saving storage ideas for your home and business: how to become a minimalist

With social media taking over and the likes of Instagram and Pinterest being our go-to online decor magazines, many of us find ourselves scrolling through endless images of perfectly styled homes and tidy offices. These immaculate rooms are not always realistic, as family life takes over, the idea of having the ‘perfect’ home can become a bit of a pipe dream, plus who’s desk is really that decluttered? 

However, if you want to take a step in the right direction to becoming a minimalist and getting that ‘Insta-worthy’ home or office, take a look at our top space-saving self storage Dorset ideas in this article. 

Change your mindset

In many cases, you’ll find it hard to change your organising and tidying behaviours because it’s not within your normal routine. Maybe you have a busy household or you simply just don’t have the time? If this is the case, it can be helpful to write down a list of priorities, speak to your family about the new lifestyle so you’re all in it together and also understand why you want to make this change. 

  • Are you making room for something new?
  • Is your family expanding so you need the additional space? 
  • Maybe you’re downsizing your home in the near future? (Don’t forget to take a look at our moving home article, here.) 
  • Or, are you just sick of the clutter?

Whatever your reasoning, understanding the need for a minimalist home means you’re ahead of most people, you’ll soon realise those simple activities such as filing paperwork or folding away your clothes immediately after they are washed and dried will happen automatically.  

Stop the hoarding 

Whether its old clothes you haven’t fit into for a few years, a magazine from 5 years ago, or business receipts that you really could recycle, we’re all guilty of not letting go of some of these items, but do you really need them anymore? 

Domestic storage

As tidying and organising guru, Marie Kondo would tell you, if it doesn’t spark joy or have a purpose, get rid of it. This is a really great mantra to organise by, and you will quickly realise that you have a lot of ‘things’ that serve no real function.

You’ll soon find you have a pile of stuff you can chuck or even better, sell or give to charity. So, not only will you be freeing up space, but you could make some extra money or do a good deed too. 

Tackle it room-by-room 

Many of us will avoid a spring clean at any time of the year because it seems like too much of a daunting task, but by tackling each room at a time you can spread the load and do it in your own bitesize chunks. 

Let’s take the office as an example, do you walk in and see paperwork piled high? Getting better business storage can really de-stress your work life. In many cases, you may need to keep these important documents for many years, but having them stored in some kind of order will make it much easier to access when you need them again. 

Alternatively, could you consider moving all this paperwork onto a cloud-based system? Reduced amounts of paperwork, far more space and there’s no chance of it going missing. It’s a win-win, but can be quite pricey! 

Out of sight, out of mind

Once you’ve discarded the unnecessary possessions, next you will need to find a home for the ones you want to still keep. In many cases, your home can seem cluttered purely because possessions are not stored away properly, maybe they are piled in the corner of a room, or stuffed in a drawer that’s frankly far too busy. It’s also worth taking a look in your loft, shed, and garage, as these are places where hoarding can become a little out of control.

New storage doesn’t need to be expensive… a quick trip to your local DIY or home shop and you can up pick up plenty of boxes, or even a new cupboard. Once your items have a home, your floor space will be cleared and it will seem much tidier. 

If your home simply cannot occupy your items, you will need to think of a longer-term solution, which is where self storage or business storage comes in. We understand that your space is valuable, so fill your home and office with the things you love and choose a Dorset storage solution that can look after your belongings for you. 

Contact Hogleaze for those bigger storage projects… 

Some items, such as books, valuables, or vintage pieces that mean a lot to you, won’t be used often but still need looking after. Before you take on your minimalist lifestyle, these would be the things that clutter your home. Hogleaze is well equipped to look after these for you, with our range of self storage Dorset sites, and differently sized units to suit everyone. 

Whether you have a collection of vintage bikes that are making their way into your hallway, or your business needs to reduce paperwork as you recognise it’s a safety hazard, contact our storage experts today by calling us in Weymouth on 01305 830000 or Dorchester on 01305 889777, alternatively, contact us here.  

Don’t forget, for more tips on becoming a minimalist, moving home, or storing your possessions, follow us on Facebook here. You can also see what other homeowners and business owners have said about our Dorset storage units by checking out our reviews >> 

Fantastic value, easy and secure.

Fantastic value, easy and secure. Would not hesitate to use again if needed.

Alex Davies Weymouth Self Storage
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Having stored motorhomes at Hogleaze over a number of years…

Having stored motorhomes at Hogleaze over a number of years I have seen great improvements made to the facilities. It is a really good storage area offering very secure facilities for whatever your storage needs.
Jan Hankin Dorchester Self Storage
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My second time of using Hogleaze for storage.

My second time of using Hogleaze for storage. Friendly, accommodating and efficient. Easy access and secure. Everything you need. Thank you.

Richard Allen Dorchester Self Storage
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Very pleased with Hogleaze Storage. 

Very pleased with Hogleaze Storage. Clean, bright and modern storage with easy access at any time. Trolleys provided for moving your items. Very reasonable costs.
Bronwen James Dorchester Self Storage
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Found the facility to be safe and secure

I used Hogleaze Storage for many years and found the facility to be safe and secure. My belongings stayed dry; the ambient temperature seemed just right and there was no dampness. Wooden furniture; cardboard boxes and books all survived intact. The staff are also helpful and friendly. I recommend this facility.
Peter Lewis Dorchester Self Storage
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Thank you for your excellent service as I made use of your storage unit 215.

Thank you for your excellent service as I made use of your storage unit 215.

Having never used self storage before your help was much appreciated. I would certainly use your facility again when there is a need. I would also recommend your company to others.

Bob Malone Dorchester Self Storage
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Excellent facilities.

Excellent facilities. Gave us exactly what we were looking for.

Peter Bachrach Dorchester Self Storage
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Very secure.

We used Hogleaze Storage for nearly 1 year excellent faculties and all storage units very secure and high standard. Staff always friendly and happy to help. Would highly recommend them!

Claire Beaumont Self Storage
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Absolutely brilliant service from Hogleaze Storage.

Absolutely brilliant service from Hogleaze Storage. Really good rates, clean and light building with easy access. Can’t rate them highly enough. Thanks Hogleaze Storage!

‎Rob Hodgkinson‎ Self Storage
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I really like the facility and I am very impressed with the setup you have.

It was lovely to meet you last Friday and finally get the Caravan in to secure storage. I really like the facility and I am very impressed with the setup you have. I received your welcome letter yesterday and have set up the standing order for the 1st July and then to continue at the begin of each month thereafter.

Thank you once again.

Kirston Dorchester caravan Vehicle Storage
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I would recommend Hogleaze Storage to anyone thinking of storing their possessions

It has been a most enjoyable experience entrusting Hogleaze Storage Ltd with my furniture, household and personal possessions, since August 2012.

It was good to meet Shelley, her helpful and friendly demeanor, nothing was too much – she even brought along bolt cutters in case I could not open the padlock on the shutter doors. She was happy to show Gentleman Removals and myself the way.

The service has been excellent throughout the seven years, with up-to-date monthly invoices and security information – thoughtful and caring – all my possessions including the ones I did not know I had stored in the unit, were intact and working.

I would recommend Hogleaze Storage Ltd to anyone thinking of storing their household, office and personal possessions, whether short or long-term. The location is worth a visit on its own, the site is safe and secure, clean and accessible 24/7.

Simon Dorchester Self Storage
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Amazing!

The storage facilities are amazing!

Mr Evans caravan Vehicle Storage
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Using Hogleaze again

We are very pleased with the service and will be using Hogleaze again at some point!

Mr Stein Self Storage
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Delighted!

I have been delighted with the facilities provided and I’m sure I’ll be using Hogleaze again!

Mr Walsh Self Storage
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Excellent storage facilities

Hogleaze has excellent storage facilities which are also impressive both from a security and cleanliness point of view

Ms Maskall caravan Vehicle Storage
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A great experience

I have had a great experience with Hogleaze’s storage services and would recommend to anyone

Mr Huxford Self Storage
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A pleasure

It’s been a pleasure using your great facilities

Mr Beaumont Self Storage
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Recommended secure storage

I would recommend you to any people looking for secure strorage

Mr Graff Self Storage
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Thank you

I would like to thank you for the good service we have received whilst storing our caravan with you

Mr Bosley caravan Vehicle Storage
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Enjoyed the services

We have enjoyed the services at your storage facility and will hopefully be returning to you again in the future

Mr and Mrs Marsden Self Storage
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Find Us

Dorchester

Hogleaze Storage
Town Hill Farm
Town Hill
Winterbourne Abbas
Dorchester
Dorset
DT2 9ET

phone 01305 889777

Weymouth

Hogleaze Self Storage
12 Cambridge Road
Granby Industrial Estate
Weymouth
Dorset
DT4 9TJ

phone 01305 830000

Areas we cover

  • Dorchester
  • Bridport
  • Weymouth
  • Bridport