Moving house is said to be one of life’s most stressful events, and if you’re in the middle of doing so you’ll probably agree! Once you’ve found a house you want to buy/rent, and found a buyer for (or given notice on) your old property, there are still so many things left to organise.
Renting a self storage unit for a few weeks before, during and after your house move can help to alleviate a lot of stress and can save you money by …
Bridging any gap between your old house and new home.
There are several reasons why you might not be able to move straight from one permanent home to another:
- If you’ve secured a buyer for your old house, but haven’t yet finalised the purchase of your new house;
- If your tenancy has come to an end before you’ve found another property you want to live in;
- You’ve separated from your partner but haven’t yet agreed the division of your assets and are still tied to your existing mortgage.
In any of these circumstances, you could move into temporary accommodation on a short-term lease but the problem remains of what to do with your furniture and furnishings. Your temporary home may not have the space for all your belongings, and anyway it would be a nuisance to have to pack, unpack and then repack everything for the sake of a few short weeks in your stop-gap accommodation.
Renting a self storage unit for a few weeks until your new, permanent home is available will allow you to keep all of your belongings clean, safe and dry, and you can access them at any time.
Getting a lower removals quote.
When moving house, any removals company will set their fees according to how much there is to move. If you can have a really good declutter in the weeks before your move, you’ll secure a cheaper quote for moving house.
If you’re unsure of what furniture and furnishings will fit or work well in your new home, you could store them in a self storage unit until you’ve moved in. This will help you to decide exactly what you want to keep and what you can do without. Anything that you don’t need can then be gifted, donated or sold to make a bit of extra money. The rest can be safely moved into your new home.
Making it easier to renovate or redecorate your new home.
If your new home needs major work, or if it’s just not decorated in the way you’d like, it’s far easier to get everything done without having to work around a lot of furniture. Fitting new carpets, rewiring, replastering or painting the walls and ceiling can all be done far quicker and with far less stress if you don’t have to move your settee/beds/wardrobes (or take great care not to get paint and dust on your soft furnishings!).
Your removals company can deliver your household contents directly to your self storage unit and you can keep it all there until your new home is ready.
Essential information about self storage when moving house:
Self storage units are available in a wide range of sizes: for a studio flat, a 3m2
unit will be ideal; the contents of a three-bedroom house will fit into a 10m2
unit; a large family home (complete with the contents of your shed) will need a 12m2
You can keep your unit for two weeks, or for as long as you need with no long tie-in periods.
If you decide that a self storage unit would make moving house easier, you can quickly and easily get a quote so that you can factor the cost into your budget. The cost of your self storage unit can be easily offset by the money you’ll save on a lost sale, removals costs and damaged items!