The process of buying and selling a house can be extremely stressful, from ensuring the legal side is dealt with to the task of packing up your belongings. The whole process can be a long and stressful chain, trying to ensure that contracts, moving dates and removal companies all coincide can be a difficult act to juggle. This is one of the many reasons people turn to Self Storage.
Self storage offers a convenient way for you to store your possessions. There are many solutions available, at affordable prices allowing you to move house with ease.
When in the process of moving, storage offers a number of benefits, whether you are considering it for a short term or long term basis.
Perhaps you are moving to a property that requires restoration. Why not store your belongings whilst work to your property is carried out?
Maybe you have decided to re-decorate, but with limited space you aren’t able to clear the decks for work to begin?
You may want to carry out a de-clutter exercise as part of moving into your new property. Self storage gives you the option to do this over a period time, with easy access to your belongings to sort through at your leisure.
Self Storage couldn’t be easier. Once you have sourced a unit it is usually a case of agreeing a rental period, covering the initial costs of hire, followed by filling up your storage space! You should be the only individual that holds a key to the area/container, you may be asked to provide the padlock. Your items can then be stored, with access provided via prior arrangement or during the compounds opening hours.
There are many different types of storage available, from purpose built buildings, areas within warehouses, containers to lock-ups. Each have pro’s and con’s, so when deciding on the type of storage to best suit you, consider the following:
- How long do you intend to store your possessions? Does the storage company provide long term contracts?
- Is there any discount for long-term hires?
- How often will you need access to your possessions? If regular access, is the unit easily accessible?
- What security measures are in place to ensure that your possessions remain safe?
- Does the storage company offer insurance for damages or loss? Is this covered by your home insurance?
So, you’ve decided that storage is the solution you have been looking for and you are wondering what happens next?
It is advisable to obtain 3 quotes from self storage companies, as prices can vary based on the level of security on offer, the location and the types of belongings that you intend to store. If you have storage companies in your area, research those first, especially if you’ll require regular access. If your access is to be kept to a minimum, then obtain quotes for a wider geographical area.
Once you have decided on a Storage company, make arrangements to visit the facility. This will give you the opportunity to find out information about security, how access is provided, and opening times etc. It will also allow you to plan how your belongings will be transported there, and how long the whole process is expected to take.
Find out if the storage company offers boxes/packaging. If they don’t, it is worth sourcing some good quality boxes so you can ensure that your belongings remain stacked upright, with minimal chances of damage. This is especially important if your possessions are being stored long-term.
So if you are planning one of the biggest moves you are ever likely to face, look into self storage to make the whole moving process an enjoyable, stress free one!