Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Cash Find in Brisbane Storage Facility

A large amount of cash, stored in backpacks and other luggage, as well as a rifle, were recently found inside a storage unit in a Brisbane storage facility. The storage company was unaware of the contents of the unit they had leased to a customer. The facility was kept closed at all times and only authorized clients were allowed to access. There were no unusual activities that led storage personnel to believe that there is something strange going on in one of its units.

Police only became aware of the storage unit by accident as a motorcyclist evaded them during a random check at Kangaroo Point, about 10 miles away from the facility.  The 32-year-old man sped thru the checkpoint after being asked a couple of questions by checkpoint police regarding the backpack he slung on his back. Police’s curiosity was piqued when a 100-dollar bill was seen dangling from the bag’s opening. It was later reported that when Police tried to get hold of the bag to inspect, the man quickly sped thru checkpoint. Police was able to identify the plate number and traced it to another individual who later lent the motorbike to the unknown runaway man. It was later found out that the man had no known ties to bike gangs but a search of his home also led to the discovery of a handgun, as well as a variety of drugs. The police is still investigating the identity and the unusual amount of cash and drugs left behind in both his home and the self storage facility.

Acting Superintendent George Sheldon told waiting reporters, "it's not really that often that we seize multiple millions in cash at the self storage facility". Apart from the cash and prohibited drugs, there were also licensed guns found that were reported lost by gun owners. There are more and more items uncovered in the said storage facility, and even its owners are now contacting each client to perform an inspection of each facility, subject to orders of the authorities.

Police are unsure if it is the largest haul of cash in Queensland but it is definitely one of the largest ones they have ever managed to find. The storage unit was confirmed to be leased by the man through documents found in his home.

Self storage facilities are now required to perform thorough checks on what their clients are storing after leasing the units out. It was previously not a requirement, but an option when storage facilities’ owners find their clients to be of dubious background. Although this is the first time to have a reported a haul of cash in a self storage facility, there are other incidents wherein illegal items are found to be stored in various facilities, in particular those located in the suburbs of Queensland, far from the city centre. Because of these incidents throughout the years, more and more self storage facilities are cautious as they get under investigation, which is very costly to the business. Self storage regulators are also looking into implementing rules into implementing a protection programme to facilities in case this happens again after due diligence from the facilities’ owners.

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Benefits of Having Self-Storage Space

If you are always on the move; be it for work or simply a personality trait, chances are you are going to need a reliable storage service provider who can make sure your precious possessions are well taken care of when you are away. People need storage services for many different reasons. Maybe you are moving to a smaller, much more suitable home and you do not want to throw or give away your antique furniture that was passed on from your great grandfather, or maybe you have to move for work or school purposes, and you might be gone a while. Whatever your reasons for needing a storage facility, one thing is for certain, you need one that is reliable, secure, affordable and always operational.

So what are some of the benefits of having a self-storage space? Here are four.
1. Convenience. Sometimes you do not have all the time in the world to plan your move. This means that more often than not, you may need a storage facility that you can use on a very short notice. This is one of the major advantages of using storage services. You can simply choose the size and the unit you want and move your possessions on the very same day. And with mobile storage services, a storage module can even be delivered right to your door.
2. Used only when needed. There are storage solutions that do not offer any long term contracts. Life can change on a whim and you may no longer need your storage facility for as long as you may have thought. That is why most companies offer no lock-in contracts and the minimum term is usually one month. In most cases, you only have to give a week’s notice or two and you can stop using the facility without any cancellation fees.
3. Easy Access. This is another beauty of self-storage services. For the traditional storage services, you can access them anytime you want. As long as you have rented a unit, you can come and go as you please. It is basically your property for the duration of your contract. As for the portable storage, you have to call in advance so they are prepared to welcome you to their facilities within business hours.
4. Top-Notch Security. Most storage facilities are equipped with security cameras and security patrols, so you can be sure that your properties are being well protected at all times. You and only you have the key to the unit and you can use it whenever need be. Some companies offer insurance to protect against theft and damage. Check with them if this is included in the control or an extra charge is required.

One of the best things about renting a self-storage space is that you have the flexibility and convenience to leave a city without having to worry about what to do with all your belongings. Whether you need to be somewhere on an extended period on a short notice, or relocate for a new job, self-storage options are most likely your best bet.

Monday, 28 October 2013

Preparing Your Business for an Office Relocation

Most businesses will have to go through the process of moving office at some point, whether it is due to expansion or simply the rental lease has come to an end and not to be renewed for some reason. To make your move run more smoothly the first thing to do is compile a checklist of what needs doing, with a time frame so it gets done in plenty of time.

There are particular people that you will need to notify if you want the business running smoothly in your new premises, this is known as a communication plan and ensures you don’t miss anyone off the list. Here is a rundown of who should be included in your plan:

  • Your employees – these should be amongst the first to know about the move and it’s essential they have all the details so they can be part of the process and know what is expected of them.
  • Your customers - all of your clients (especially regular and important customers) need to know about the move in advance, especially if you are changing phone numbers. If you can, notify these people via mail and email, as well as providing signing at your current operation.
  • Suppliers – your suppliers need to know the date and address of your move and location in order to get your delivery on schedule. 
  • Utilities and other services - you will still need electricity and other services at your new premises, so be sure to contact utility companies as well as courier services and the post office about the impending move.
  • Financial institutions - this is often forgotten these days with the prevalence of online banking. However, you will not want new company credit cards and account statements heading to your old address so this is very important.

Be sure to activate a voice message with details about the move if you are changing phone numbers. It is also a good idea to change email signatures to let people you deal with know about the relocation.

Make a plan for the new offices with regards to what each room is to be used as, where the offices are situated, and what special technology and equipment needs to be installed before the move. This also applies to any refurbishment or renovations that might be necessary for the business to run effectively and will be easier to complete before the building is full of people and furniture.
Moving a business can take up a lot of time so the more organized you are, the easier it will be. Moving and self storage services can provide complete packages where they do practically everything, from the packing and loading to the removal and unloading at the new location. If you have the budget for this then it might be worth saving yourself the headache of organizing it all yourself, if not then delegate certain tasks to other members of staff to share the load.

Saturday, 26 October 2013

Dressing Up Your Home for Sale

Ever wonder why some of the best retailers who are carrying the same line of products with the rest are reaching or even exceeding their sales targets? There are so many factors that contribute to their success, but there are some obvious ones. Marketing, presentation, and packaging. Making your sales rack organized, well presented and easier to navigate is just one big factor that lead to high sales. This is also true when real estate companies and agents pre-sell properties - be it condominiums or landed properties. They create a 'showroom' where everything is well organized, planned and beautifully designed. These agents don't actually sell the property, but actually, the idea and lifestyle that entail the property. With a well-organized concept, potential buyers are not bothered with the clutter of the new home.

What if you are selling your home but don't have the resources like these property companies have? What can you do within your means?

You can make your home look as attractive as possible before you have sales inspections. By creating some space and de cluttering your house, you can achieve a faster sale and a better price. Dressing or 'staging' your home for sale is common practice, and involves using new furniture or adding decorative items to make your home more appealing:

  1. Start by simply tidying your home.
  2. Organise storage for furniture that looks worn or out of place. If you feel that there are some pieces of furniture that you don't need even at your new place, just sell or give these away. By doing so, you are saving some storage space and have some extra cash to do the next few items.
  3. Don't buy new furniture -  do this to create a lifestyle that you think your home can achieve to sell to potential buyers. Don't but but rent these instead for the period of the sale.
  4. Have your lawn mowed and your garden cleaned. It is not only about the inside of the house but the external fa├žade, as well. Add plants where needed. You can even plant temporarily, just dig the plant into the ground, pot and all.
  5. Remove all the clutter in your home and place this in self storage as well if you don't have space. But if you can just do away with these, do so. This will save you some money by only hiring a smaller storage space that is just enough for the items that you need.
  6. Make your home mildew free. Make your home smell as homey as possible, so make sure it smells good and has lots of fresh air through it

When you dress your home for sale, it is not about just cleaning it up, but it is all about creating that kind of idea of a lifestyle that you think fits your current home and your potential buyers could latch on and entice them to buy the house.