10 key reasons why people use self storage:
You are moving in together
Baby on the way
Renovating the house
You decide to downsize
You are breaking up
A death in your family
University students in summer holidays
1. You are moving in together
Congratulations, you're taking the big step. Moving in together means you'll need to make some decisions about what furniture to keep, that may mean bringing together differing tastes and finding what works.
For most couples moving in together now they will be moving into rented accommodation or a property that may not have a lot of storage for the contents of two individuals. A solution for this is to use self storage for extra space until you find such time as you can agree what items you want to keep and which items are to go. It's also a handy place to store items that you may not have space immediately available for such as skis, bikes or furniture.
If you need a mover to help move in together, our sister company Kiwi Movers can provide a man and van service to help with that.
2. Baby on the way
Exciting news! You will have lots of planning to do and making your home baby friendly. This may mean transforming one room into a nursery or needing to make the house more baby/toddler friendly by removing furniture that could pose a hazard such as coffee tables or other types of furniture with sharp edges.
You may want to place these items into a self storage unit until such time as you can bring them back into the house or you may also want to store cribs, prams and other items if you are planning on having more children at a later stage. The one thing with a new baby that you can be sure of is that your home will inevitably be more cluttered than it was before, especially with toys.
3. Renovating the house
Your kids are growing and you need more space or it's simply time for a refresh, renovating the house is a very common reason for why people use self storage. Renovations can take a few weeks to many months for a larger job. Storing your belongings in a self storage unit means they are dry, dust-free and secure. You can also access them during the renovations to get what you need when you need it.
4. Moving home
One of the most stressful events in your life is moving home. For some people this is a once in a lifetime event, for others it is one of many, such as for service members' families. Whether you are moving across London or moving cities all together. Moving home may also involve selling your home and having to store your belongings in self storage until you can find the perfect house to buy. This is one of the most common reasons for why people use self storage.
Generally speaking if you are placing your entire household belongings in self storage then this will take up quite a lot of space. If you are going to be in storage for a while between houses then we recommend having a slightly larger storage unit so you can find things easily but also using a reputable removal company to protect your belongings during the move.
5. Extra space
If you live in an apartment or flat in London then space is usually at a premium with limited storage space. It is very common now to have a self storage unit as an annex to your home in order to store all the items you don't necessarily need on a day to day basis, but a cheaper option to expanding the home or moving to a larger property. For example self storage can be used for storing all the Christmas decorations or summer outdoor equipment for when you need them.
6. You decide to downsize
Similar to moving home or needing extra space if you downsize you may choose to maintain a self storage unit to keep all the items that won't fit in your smaller property but you wish to keep. These could be very important personal items that you want stored securely and self storage makes the transition easier.
7. You are breaking up
Sadly not all relationships last and couples break up or divorce. This is not an easy time and when dividing up possessions or a household, one or both parties may need to store their items until such time as they find a new place to live or they establish their life separately.
8. A death in the family
When bereavement happens apart from the tragedy that has occurred many big decisions are involved. On many occasions this can involve a sudden house sale or the relocation of possessions from a vacant property. It is a good idea to store these items so as to give the necessary time that financial and emotional decisions can be made properly and are not rushed.
9. University students in summer holidays
When it's the summer holidays, University students usually have to vacate their student accommodation. Often they just require a locker for their items. It is very common and student self storage in London is a mass event that happens every year.
10. Going overseas
Heading off on that big overseas adventure or working in an exotic location? One of the best options is using mobile storage pods as it is cost effective and your items can be collected directly from you and placed into containers making the process cheaper and hassle free.
The great thing is that when you return from overseas you can get all your goods delivered to your new home or if you decide to relocate for good all your belongings can be shipped to you in your new country.