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Tuesday, September 06, 2016 by Tom Skelton

How our storage near Oxford can keep your holiday home contents safe

As summer draws to a close and the days shorten, many of us will be returning home from our holidays.

If you have a holiday home, shutting it up for the winter can be stressful. Empty homes can pose a number of risks to your possessions: burglary, damp and accidental damage from home emergencies to name a few. If your holiday home will be empty for a few months, or even longer, putting your things into one of our storage facilities near Oxford can give you peace of mind and help to keep your possessions safe. If you rent out your holiday home, or would like to start, storage can also help to make the process more manageable.

Use self storage for your personal items and rent out your property

If your holiday home won't be in use for some time, you could consider renting it out. With the rise of websites designed to help owners offer their properties directly to holidaymakers, it's easier than ever to earn money from your empty property.

Self storage can make renting out your holiday home a simpler process, giving you somewhere to store your own possessions while you have visitors.

If you are already renting out your holiday home, our storage facilities around Oxford provide a handy place to keep extra bedding, cleaning supplies and other sundries to help manage turnaround days. With our self storage options, you hold the key, so you're free to share it with a local agent, friends or family.

Storage for your holiday home

Protect fabrics from mould and damp in dry storage

Beautiful as it is, the 'season of mists and mellow fruitfulness' brings with it damp and condensation. Particularly in homes that are left unoccupied.

The effect this can have on your possessions will vary, but fabrics such as curtains and bedding can pick up odours from damp and get discoloured by mould. Our storage options around Oxford provide a dry, condensation-free place to keep your holiday home items protected from damp. With a range of sizes and flexible rates, self storage gives you an alternative to filling your home with excess linen.

Put your valuables into storage to prevent burglary

While the official statistics1 show that domestic burglaries are down year on year, empty homes and those outside urban areas are more frequently targeted by thieves.

Keeping your valuable things out of sight can act as a deterrent to burglars and our storage facilities in Kidlington, Charlbury and Witney are an accessible and secure option.

Burglars are more likely to target easily movable items, with electronics nearing the top of the list. Putting any TVs, stereos and computers into storage can make your holiday home a much less attractive target.

Keep your favourite things safe from home emergencies by putting them in storage

Burst pipes and leaky roofs can cause significant damage to your things and while insurance will typically cover repairs and replacements, items with sentimental value can be irreplaceable. As holiday homes may go unchecked for some time, you may feel happier having those items that mean most to you kept safe in one of our Oxford storage units.

You precious things will be kept safe, secure and fully insured while they are in our care.

A range of storage options around Oxford

With locations around Oxford and the Cotswolds, self storage from House & Carriage can make holiday home ownership easier this autumn and winter.

Find out more about our storage sites near Oxford.

  1. Office for National Statistics (2016), Crime in England and Wales: year ending Mar 2016


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