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Shire Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a minimum rental period?

We rent space by the week although we offer significant discounts for longer-term commitments.  For units of up to 200sqf there is a minimum initial term of 14 days, larger units have a minimum initial rental of 28 days.

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How do I know what size of space I need to rent?

When you look to reserve a room you’ll see a handy guide showing what will typically fit into one of our stores. If you need more help we’re always available to talk it through with you, just call 0161 470 6999. If when you get here you actually need something smaller or larger just let us know and provided we have availability we’ll change your booking.

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What do I need and how does moving into the storage unit happen?

You will need to come and see us and bring along 2 forms of ID (one being either a drivers license or passport). We will then give you proximity keys for access, our facility is provided with trolleys and pallet trucks so moving your goods around should be quick and easy. Usually our customers would hire a van for the day/half day or instruct a removals company depending on how much you wish to store.

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Can I insure my items?

Some home or business contents policies cover your goods and belongings when in storage, we recommend checking this before taking out additional insurance. We work closely with an insurance broker so should be able to offer competitive prices. We recommend Insurastore when insurance is required for a short period of time.

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Are there any items that can’t be stored at Shire?

There are a few things that you cannot store with us for safety, hygiene or legal reasons, these include:

  • food or perishable goods unless securely packed so they are protected from and do not attract vermin
  • any living creatures
  • combustible or flammable substances such as gas, paint, petrol, oil, cleaning solvents or compressed gases
  • firearms, explosives, weapons or ammunition
  • chemicals, radioactive materials, biological agents, toxic waste, asbestos or other potentially hazardous substances
  • any item that emits fumes, or odours
  • any illegal item or substances or goods illegally obtained such as illicit (counterfeit/smuggled) tobacco or alcohol and unlicensed or unsafe goods
  • goods which are environmentally harmful or that are a risk to the property of any person
  • currency, deeds and securities
  • items which are irreplaceable by their unique nature or of significant value to the storer due to personal sentimental reasons

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How can I pay

Payment can be made in a number of ways including cash, credit card or debit card.
 

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Business Storage FAQs

Is there a minimum rental period?

We rent space by the week although we offer significant discounts for longer-term commitments.  For units of up to 200sqf there is a minimum initial term of 14 days, larger units have a minimum initial rental of 28 days.

Get in touch and tell us what you need we’ll have a solution. 

Get a quote and book your space NOW
 

How do I know what size of space I need to rent?

When you look to reserve a room you’ll see a handy guide showing what will typically fit into one of our stores. If you need more help we’re always available to talk it through with you, just call 0161 470 6999. If when you get here you actually need something smaller or larger just let us know and provided we have availability we’ll change your booking.

Get a quote and book your space NOW
 

What happens if I need more space?

We want to support your business and we will always endeavour to accommodate a move to a larger space should it be required and one is available. There will be no penalty for cancelling your initial tenancy agreement provided you enter into a new contract for the larger space.
 

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Personal Storage FAQs

Do you have any tips that can help me avoid paying for storage on stuff I’ve decluttered that I’ll not need again?

We always recommend that you bring along packing tape and a permanent marker when you come to your storage unit (if you don’t have any we sell them at reception). Then when you put things into store seal the bow and write the date on the label, then each time you open the box write the date on the seal. Decide how long you want to keep things if you don’t use them and then be ruthless. If a box hasn’t been opened you know you should take it down to the charity shop or get on eBay.

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Do you have any advice that can help me manage my store effectively?

We recommend you put everything into numbered boxes, Keep a clipboard in the unit with a sheet of paper listing what’s in each box. Then when you want to get something out you can simply look through the clipboard sheets and find what you need without opening every box.

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How should I decide what to declutter?

Japanese decluttering expert Marie Kondo suggests you should look at every object in your home and consider if it sparks joy in your heart. If it doesn’t you should get rid of it. 
If you’re not strong enough for that the alternative is to put your joyless items into store until you next need them. British practicality meets Japanese Zen.

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I’m moving in with my partner can you help with my storage needs?

Yes, when you first move in together you’ll often find you have two of many things and it can be difficult to decide what you should keep and what should go. We recommend you put everything from one of the properties into store temporarily whilst you decide which bedside tables or crockery you want to keep. This helps avoid arguments and makes sure you don’t dispose of something you really want.

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Can I get my removal company to pick up from the store?

Yes, you can, the only condition is that you the keyholder needs to be there to let them in.

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Shire Self Storage, Ram Mill, Gordon St, Chadderton, Oldham, OL9 9RH

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