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  • 2nd November 2011
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Q & A with wine expert Matt

Q & A with wine expert Matt

Did you know that Big Yellow Self Storage in Fulham has a temperature controlled wine storage facility? We thought we’d go behind the scenes and talk to Matt, the manager of the Wine Cellars, to ask him about how he came to be involved with wine, what wines are good as an investment and any tips on what’s good in the supermarkets right now! BYSS BLOG: Matt, where did your passion for wine start? MATT: I got into wine while at University, I had a part time job at a beautiful little wine shop that had been selling bottles for over a hundred years and through in-store tastings I was able to try some great wines. The wine that really got me hooked was a bottle of Margaux, I forget the chateau but remember it being like nothing else I’d […]

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  • 31st October 2011
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READ International first National Donation Day

READ International first National Donation Day

On the weekend, Saturday 29th October Big Yellow Self Storage opened their doors to support READ International first National Donation Day. It was organised in a hope to motivate hundreds of UK schools and individuals to donate their old books, helping READ International in their mission: to improve access to education and empower school children in East Africa to fulfil their own potential. READ International student volunteers are now sorting all the books generously donated to ensure only the best quality and most relevant ones are sent out to East Africa. Those that don’t fit the bill will be sold to raise funds for shipping the good books and as a last resort what is left will be recycled – nothing goes to landfill. Since 2006 READ International has sent over 1 million books to Tanzania and Uganda – vital […]

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  • 26th October 2011
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Clear your place to clear your mind – A guide to Feng Shui

Clear your place to clear your mind – A guide to Feng Shui

The ancient art of Feng Shui is said to bring about good fortune, health, and happiness as well as reducing negative and harmful energy. All this can be achieved by re-arranging your living space! The Chinese have been taking heed of Feng Shui for over 3,000 years and slowly but surely its spread to Western cultures. Have you embraced the art of Feng Shui yet? Well, we at Big Yellow Self Storage have put together a guide for you to make you a Feng Shui master in no time! 1. Get rid of the clutter. Ever feel like you’ve got so many thoughts cluttering your mind you just can’t seem to think straight? It’s the same in your home. An essential step of Feng Shui to clear the clutter from your home and banish the low and confusing energy that […]

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  • 20th October 2011
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Tips and Tricks: Preparing a property for renting

Tips and Tricks: Preparing a property for renting

If you live in an area that plays host to exciting annual events (Like the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh) renting out your home for the duration of the event can be a great way to avoid the crowds and make some extra money. Or maybe you rent long term? Either way we hope any potential or seasoned renters will find our these Tip and Tricks useful: 1. Before showing perspective tenants around make sure to do some really thorough spring cleaning. It’s amazing the difference that cleaning the carpets and windows can make. 2. Be prepared! When renting you’re still responsible for the internal upkeep of the house. That means anything structural, electrical or plumbing related. Make sure you have experts in all those areas ready to go (If you’re renting during holidays be extra careful to check if they’re […]

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  • 6th October 2011
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Moving Abroad – How to plan for your big move

Moving Abroad – How to plan for your big move

So you’ve got your new job in a new country, now the only things you need to worry about are your houses (old and new) and the fate of your belongings. Here at Big Yellow Self Storage, we know what a stressful time moving house can be, particularly when that move is to a different country, so we’ve been kind and decided to help relieve a small portion of that stress by putting together a guide on how to prepare for your big move. 1: Renting your house/flat out Consider whether you’ll be using an agency to handle the rental or doing it all yourself. There’s always the concern that you may be one of the unlucky (but not unusual) landlords that have difficult tenants which creates a lot more stress for you to deal with. However if you leave […]

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Cash in on your spare room next June to earn up to £1000!

Cash in on your spare room next June to earn up to £1000!

Are you finding it hard during the downturn in the economy? Fancy going on holiday next year, but you can’t afford it? Well the answer could come from your spare room. Simply by letting it out during the world’s biggest sporting event next year, you could increase your income by up to £1,000! So how do you go about doing it? Michael Holmes, presenter of Channel 5’s Britain’s Best Home and editor-in-chief of Homebuilding & Renovating magazine, Real Homes magazine and Period Living magazine, believes that by clearing out your spare room and renting a self storage unit for as little as £5 a day, 5.4 million homeowners, who have a additional space, in the UK could be cashing in on local events such as the famous Edinburgh Hogmanay, Oxford Literary Fair, the Grand National in Aintree or the PGA […]

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  • 30th September 2011
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National Home Improvement Show at Earls Court 30th Sept – 2nd Oct

National Home Improvement Show at Earls Court 30th Sept – 2nd Oct

Need some inspiration, new ideas, and expert advice for your home? Why not take a look at the National Home Improvement Show this weekend. It’s the UK’s leading event for home improvers, bringing together high quality suppliers, designers and experts all in one place, making it the perfect opportunity for anyone planning a project to find out all they need to know. There’ll be over 300 specialist companies exhibiting and showcasing the very latest home improvement products as well as guest speakers talking about everything from loft and basement conversions to making money from renewable energy. Some of the highlights of this year’s National Home Improvement Show include: • Interior expert Julia Kendell (Daybreak & DIY SOS) giving you handy hints, top tips and incredible inspiration to get your home looking great and your own personal touch. • Real Homes […]

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  • 29th September 2011
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Moving your child to University

Moving your child to University

So it’s time for your young one to fly the nest (well kind of) and leave for university! They’ll be leaving behind a lot of memories…but also a lot of junk. So you’ve dropped them off and they’re having the time of their life, but what about the contents of their bedroom that they’ve left behind? Is it necessary to keep all those childhood reminders or is it time for your child to let go of them in order to embark on a new, independent adult life? Before you perform this monster clear out you should probably consult with your child…just in case, you may not think things to be items of treasure but to your youngster that is exactly what they might be. So how could you get your son or daughter involved and make sure you don’t clear […]

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Big Yellow Fellows get their legs waxed for charity!

Big Yellow Fellows get their legs waxed for charity!

Having cycled more than 191 miles around London over two days to raise money for charity, the four man team made up of Big Yellow staff, decided to get their legs waxed one by one in celebration at raising so much money for the Get Kids Going! charity. The team, made up of leader, Mike FitzGerald, store manager at Big Yellow Romford, Luke McLaughlin from Birmingham Big Yellow, Richard Shubrook and Paul Holmes from Big Yellow Head office, decided that if the team raised over £1,500 Luke and Mike would get their legs waxed, at £2,000 Richard is up with Paul following behind at £3,000. Team leader Mike told us “We were so amazed at how much everyone got behind us and supported the challenge. As the money grew higher and higher, we started talking about what else we could […]

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  • 15th September 2011
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Did you know: Unusual collections

Did you know: Unusual collections

Collecting has always been close to our hearts here at Big Yellow Self Storage, but we all know it can be a bit addictive. Rare is the person who can say with complete honesty that they’ve never collected anything. Be it Pokémon cards or vegetables resembling the rich and famous, pretty much anything is viable for collectable status, and some of them are downright hilarious. Here are some of our favourite wacky collections: 1. In Germany, Jens Veerbeck owns a collection of over 600 toasters. Scoff if you will but a few of these appliances are worth over £1,500. His most valued is a vintage model from the 1920s which costs £3,500. 2. The world’s largest collection of traffic signs is owned by American Steve Salcedo. His stockpile of over 350 warning, parking and street name signs have all been […]

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