Whether moving around the corner or to the other side of the country, a storage unit can make your move much more accessible.
Moving home is often a complicated and challenging process, especially if you need to stay in short-term accommodation first and require a temporary storage solution during the home removals process until you move into your new home.
You may move back in with your parents for a few months or rent a new apartment. If so, you may need more room to store your belongings.
Or you may wish to only pack and unpack once in a short period. You may have plans first to renovate your new home before you move in, and your furniture would get in the way and slow down the process.
Whatever the reason, storage between moving provides a great solution.
Here are the factors you need to consider:
What Size Storage Unit You Need
How big is the storage unit you need? While you will need to find one big enough to store all of your belongings, you don’t want to pay extra for a bigger one with space you will not use.
A professional removalist Sydney can help you determine the storage unit size you will need. Using a Home Removal Furniture Calculator, you can find exactly what you need to fit into storage. This will ensure you don’t get a space too small or waste money on a unit more significant than you need.
Local & Interstate Removals have partnerships with all the leading storage companies around Australia. So if you plan on moving locally or interstate, you can receive the best deal for a secure storage solution at very affordable prices.
Climate Control Storage
The Australian climate can be harsh and change from extreme to extreme. Do you need to store electronics, photos, artwork or anything sentimental? Then it’s strongly recommended to book a storage unit which is climate controlled.
Changes in temperature and humidity can cause expensive furniture to warp and lead to mildew on any upholstery.
It would help if you considered how long you will need to keep your belongings in storage, the time of the year, and the weather conditions.
If you are storing expensive possessions, you will want to make sure that you protect them from the elements.
What To Move Vs. What To Put In Storage
It can be challenging to decide what to pack and put into storage. For each item, ask yourself if it is something you can live without during the moving process. If so, then securely pack it, and keep it in storage.
Examples of items you should put into storage include out-of-season clothes or additional kitchen items you don’t use regularly.
As you go through your belongings, the amount of stuff you will box up to put in storage will gradually increase. Instead of just guessing, you can set up a ‘staging’ area in a room in your home.
After working out the storage space size you need, get some masking tape. Use it to measure and mark out the dimensions of the storage unit on your floor.
Consider selling or donating if anything doesn’t fit in the space you have marked out unless you wish to pay to move to a storage unit with more freedom.
Declutter Your Belongings
Moving home is the perfect time to declutter, as you must go through all your belongings anyway.
Is there something you haven’t used for years? Perhaps there are boxes which you never opened from your last move! Clothes you no longer wear or never wear – brand new with a label. Or are you downsizing and won’t need as much furniture in your new home?
Instead of paying for extra storage space, throw away or donate to charity, friends, and family. Or sell anything you no longer want or need. You can also use any money from selling your items on eBay, Gumtree or Facebook Marketplace. You can use this money towards covering the cost of storage!
Consider Different Lease Options
Depending on how long you need to keep your belongings in storage, you can find a lease option tailored to your needs. If you need to keep your possessions in storage for a long time, a long-term lease will be the best option. It’s also cheaper if you rent for a more extended period.
But, if you only need to use a storage unit for a short period during the moving process, then a short-term lease will be the best choice. Most storage facilities offer month-to-month leases, although they are generally more expensive.
Local & Interstate removalists Melbourne can help you find the best lease for your needs at affordable prices.
First, make sure you clearly label all the boxes with their contents and which ones you will put into storage.
Inside your storage unit, create aisles of boxes, and ensure the labels are all facing out. This makes it a lot easier when you need to access your belongings and will let you quickly find something you need.
Also, be sure to stack boxes only a little. Otherwise, they may fall over and cause damage to your items. Always stack boxes with the heaviest boxes at the bottom.
Don’t forget to bring a heavy-duty lock with a key, and ensure it is securely locked! Please don’t use a combo lock, as it’s less secure than a regular lock and a key.
Storage provides a great idea when moving to a new home that needs to get renovated. Or if you have to stay at temporary short-term accommodation in between.