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Cash Windfalls and Domestic Bliss for Brummies?

Home owners in Birmingham could make a whopping £175 a month in 2009 just by clearing away the junk in their spare room, putting it into storage, and renting out the space! That’s as much as £2,100 a year, according to findings from self storage experts Big Yellow Storage, which opened a new facility at Adams Street in Birmingham in early February.

The storage company put the idea to Brummies and found that nearly half of them (41%) said that they would definitely be up for renting out a room to make money and beat the credit crunch, and now is definitely the time to do so thanks to the increasingly buoyant rental market. The government’s ‘Rent a Room’ initiative means that you can even rent space and make these earnings tax free. Who would have thought that your spare room designated to junk, or the room that’s not been touched since your son or daughter went to university, could be such a nice little earner?

There is another huge advantage to putting stuff into storage and that’s domestic bliss. Clutter is a source of contention for everybody polled, with almost 40% of Brummies arguing about mess at least once a week and fifty thousand Brummies arguing about it more than once a day! Of those surveyed, women argue more often than men and 24-35 year olds are quicker to lose their temper over mess. Forty percent of people in the Midlands claim that mess and clutter is the main source of arguments. That’s nearly five times more than rows caused by the remote control and double the number caused by housework!

A new companion could be yet another advantage of clearing space. Big Yellow asked Brummies who they would have as their ideal housemate. When it comes to the perfect lodger, girl next door charm comes out tops as the majority of us voted for Brummie Cat Deeley. Not surprisingly, it was the majority of men (47%) who put their vote in for Cat. Women favoured funny man Lenny Henry (26%).

Michael HolmesMichael Holmes, one of the UK’s leading property experts and presenter from BBC1’s Trading Up, ITV’s Don’t Move Improve and UKTV Style’s decluttering programme Scrubbers, commented, “The survey showed some really interesting findings and there are many more options for those looking for cash savings from storage: If you’re selling your home and renting a smaller property because of the slump, you could put your stuff into storage at Big Yellow, wait until the market bottoms out and then buy back in. If you time it right, you could save tens of thousands on the cost of your next place, and have the flexibility to relocate quickly if you’re unfortunate enough to be looking for new job opportunities. If you can’t move, then why not improve and add space and value to you home? If you have bought a bargain wreck to do up or are improving your current home, you can put your stuff safely into storage until the work is complete."

Rob Strachan, Head of Sales and Marketing, Big Yellow, added, “Savvy Brummies really could boost their bank balances, for the long or short term, by using self storage. Renting room or garage space can bring great savings for home owners, but alternatively people who need more space and can’t afford to move right now, can go for the cheaper option of putting excess stuff into storage.”

Big Yellow StorageAt Big Yellow you can store things of all shapes & sizes, with room sizes from 9 sq ft up to 400 sq ft. With state of the art customer service and technology, each room is protected by its own alarm and CCTV, monitored by staff round the clock. There’s also unique PIN entry access, well lit corridors and fire detection systems in all self storage locations and have easy access 7 days a week.

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