Author: Simon Stone

Published: 17 June 2019

Category: Property News

Author: Simon Stone

Published: 17 June 2019

Category: Property News

​Maybe you’re embroiled in a complicated house sale, which means you need to rent or move in with friends for a short time. Perhaps you’ve had a declutter and need space for all the things you can’t quite let go. Or you might have inherited some furniture that you don’t need right now.  

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Whatever the problem, more homeowners and renters are turning to storage for the solution. But with such a wide range of companies offering this service, how do you decide on the right storage option for you?  

You could by looking at exactly what needs to go in storage; to get a clear idea of the quantity and nature of the belonging involved and the type of storage that will suit. Shop around for a good deal and the most appropriate storage facility.  

Here are 10 things to bear in mind when choosing a self-storage facility:  


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​1. Location

You’ll probably start by looking at storage facilities close by, which is a good enough place to start. Location can affect cost though, with town centre facilities charging more.

While it’s good to be close enough to nip in if you need to pick something up, think too about ease of parking and access.  

​2. Size

Matching your belongings to the right size of storage facility is an art. You will probably want to book the smallest space possible to save on costs, but you need to allow a bit of leeway – so you can get in and retrieve items and to make sure there is adequate ventilation.  

Also, think about whether you might want to add more items over time, and make sure you allow room for this. Think about the design of the unit too – is a tall narrow space suitable for the things you’ll be storing and will it be practical if you need to remove anything?  

​3. Price

This is going to be a consideration but shouldn’t be your only one. Things like ease of access and security should sway your decision too. Some big chains may offer promotions you can tap into, but smaller local firms may have more flexibility to negotiate on price.  

It’s worth checking the rules about missed payments too – some storage companies have been known to sell the possessions of later payers.  

​4. Security

This is a key consideration and one you need to find out about, especially if you have valuable items among your possessions. Check out how secure the facility, and each unit it, whether it is alarmed and if there are other features such as video surveillance and on-site personnel.  

​5. Insurance

You’ll probably need insurance for your belongings, so check whether they are covered by your home insurance policy. If not, the storage facility may offer insurance as an add-on.  

​6. Transport

If you don’t have a suitable vehicle does the storage facility offer transport as part of the package?  

​7. Cleanliness

Check how clean and tidy the storage facility feels – look for evidence of rodent infestation or bad smells. Ask the staff to show you the unit you’ll be renting first, if you can. Otherwise, they may show you their pristine display unit, not the dirty space you’ll receive at the other end of the warehouse.  

​8. Customer service

Think about how easy the company will be to deal with. What are its opening hours, is there anyone to contact if there’s an issue? Also think about how much notice you’ll need to access your goods and whether that works for you.  

​9. Reviews

You’ll want to research the reputation of the company so check google, Checkatrade and local forums for reviews. Ask your family and friends for recommendations too.  

10. Time period

Whether you’re storing items long-term, while working abroad, or just for a few weeks while you decorate will have a bearing on where you choose. Find out how much notice you’ll need to end the contract and whether you’ll be charged cancellation fees.  

​Next, get packing!

Once you’ve chosen your storage company, it’s time to get organised – here are a few tips to help you get it right:  

  • ​Before you fill it with you possessions, make sure the unit is completely clean.  
  • ​Load your larges possessions first, stacking the heaviest boxes on the bottom to avoid damage.  
  • ​Leave a gap so you can get to the back of your container if you need to.  
  • ​Try to put anything you might need near the entrance of the storage unit.  
  • ​Label all boxes and stack them so the labels are clearly readable.  

If you are looking to store your belongings, Barker Stone offers home and office storage solutions from our secure warehouses in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire & Surrey. Find out more and book a quotation on our website by clicking here.

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