• Sarah

Benefits of Using A Self-Storage Unit When Moving Home

Updated: Mar 19, 2021

Buying a new house is one of the biggest, and most exciting, accomplishments in a person's life but it is also one of the most stressful.

The process of house-hunting, selling your current home, being in a chain, waiting for your mortgage to get approved and exchanging on your home is hard-work, but that's only the start.

When you think the majority of the work has been done and now it's time for the fun part - moving, there are a whole host of new challenges that you will now have to overcome before you can sit back and enjoy your new home.

You will want to explore every option available to you that could make this process a little easier and one of these is hiring a self-storage unit.

Though it comes at a cost, it can greatly improve your moving experience and be a saving grace when things don't go so smoothly...

Decluttering your home before you move

The biggest task for many people when it comes time to move is the packing, particularly if you're a large family or you have accumulated a lot of things over the years.

But do you really need to take it all with you?

Moving home could be the perfect opportunity to declutter so that you can get rid of the things you don't need to take into your new home and make your life a whole lot easier when it’s time to move as you'll have less to pack and unpack.

A self-storage container can be the ideal solution when decluttering because it provides you with a safe and secure place outside of your home to store the items you no longer need or want whilst you wait for them to be sold, donated or given away.

Even if you're not quite ready to part with some of the clutter, for whatever reason, then a self-storage unit makes even more sense.

Decluttering doesn't mean that the stuff you are removing from your home needs to be removed from your life completely. Your piles of family heirlooms, boxes of sports equipment and those seasonal decorations that only come out once a year may be taking up valuable space in your home even though they are not required in your day to day life.

In this case, a self-storage unit is a great home away from home for these items as you can still have easy access to them when they're needed without them being space-consuming or unsightly in your actual home.

Moving home should be a marathon, not a sprint

A self-storage unit can also be a temporary investment to make the process of moving house run a lot smoother and at your own pace by acting as the middle base between your current home and your new home.

Usually the actual 'moving' part of the process is expected to take place within one day with you handing over the keys to your old home and collecting your new keys within a matter of hours of each other which means everything that has been packed up needs to be loaded into a van, then driven and unloaded into your new house pretty quickly.

This can be stressful and exhausting and puts a huge time pressure on you which means you end up panicking or rushing, and this is when things are likely to go wrong.

Not to mention, you end up living amongst boxes for a few days, or even weeks, whilst you try to settle into and unpack your new home.

By hiring a self-storage unit, you are removing that time pressure and giving yourself a separate space to house your belongings and furniture so that your new home doesn't become a maze of boxes.

This means that you can load everything up into the removal van, or into your car, and bring it to a storage container where everything can remain until you’re ready to bring it to the new house.

Ideally, you'll take a few items/boxes at a time over to your new home and move at a pace that makes sense to you making the whole process a little more enjoyable.

A self-storage unit is particularly useful when you have renovation work planned at your new home and don’t want to fill it with furniture or start unpacking until it's completely ready.

Moving day doesn't always go to plan

Hiring, and using, a self-storage unit when moving home can also give you peace of mind because things don't always go as planned.

The home you had planned to move into might end being delayed or falling through at the last minute because the sellers pull out, but having sold your current home, you have no choice but to move out on the agreed date.

This is an upsetting and difficult situation to find yourself in, essentially without a home, but it can be made a little less stressful if you take the issue of having nowhere to keep all your furniture and belongings out of the equation.

With a self-storage unit, you can rest easy knowing that you have somewhere to safely store everything on moving out day whilst you focus on finding yourself somewhere to live.

If you're in the process of moving home and want to make things a little easier on yourself, then we provide 20ft storage containers on a secure site in Willenhall that can keep all your belongings safe, dry and warm. Call us for a quote on 01902 638 219.