There are many reasons why storage can come in useful.
When it comes to selling a property, clutter doesn't sell. So if your place has an excess of bric-a-brac, you might want to consider storing some of your belongings before putting your property on the market.


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Not only will your house look tidier, it will also give the impression of more space, which might just be the factor that clinches the sale!

You may also have to use the services of a storage company if you are unable to move into your new home immediately. Or you might be refurbishing and you need to get things safely out of the way.

Storage companies will accept the entire contents of a house if necessary but remember they won't take perishable items such as houseplants and pantry items or anything flammable such as paint.

Tip: When putting things into storage make a complete inventory and note the value of all items.

Storage options

There are two types of storage available to you:

Self Storage
Self-storage is the option you'd choose if you only needed to store a few bits and pieces for a short period while you sell your home.

This form of storage provides you with a compartment and your own key that allows you to take items in and out whenever you choose. These are usually charged for on a monthly basis.

Container storage
If you have to store the entire contents of your home, it is likely they will be stored in large sealed containers in warehouses, to protect them from damage and dust.

These are stored untouched in a warehouse until you need them, which means you don't have access to your belongings at all.

Generally cheaper than self-storage facilities, the size of the containers varies, so once again seek advice from the staff who are trained to evaluate your needs.

There are removal companies who own and manage these facilities, and they will come and pack your belongings and then transport it to the warehouse.

Alternatively you will need to find a removal company to pack and transport your goods to the warehouse.

Insurance for stored items can be arranged through the storage firm or through your household insurers. What you pay is an estimate of what you think your belongings are worth.

Check that you are properly covered against all risks including fire, damp and flooding.

Some useful links

Storage guide
Storage tips

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