There has been a boom in the popularity of self storage facilities in the last few years. An increasing number of private users are hiring self storage units to keep the stuff they don’t want cluttering up their house, but don’t want to throw away. The self storage phenomenon shows no sign of slowing, in the UK there are now over 800 such self storage facilities, although it’s still a long way to go before the UK catches up with the 50,000+ facilities in the United States where an estimated one in ten households rent additional self storage. Here are 5 of the most popular reasons for people to rent a storage unit:
Widely acknowledged to be one of the most stressful experiences we have to face in our lifetimes, moving house can be a logistical nightmare! It is sometimes not as straightforward as just loading a van and moving your positions from one property to another. Common issues are that the new home is not ready yet, this could be because the moving dates of both parties do not match up, which can happen when properties are in a chain, and restricted with regard to move date. Sometimes the new property is not ready due to building work or redecoration currently being undertaken. It may be necessary to store furniture and other possessions for a short time while staying in temporary accommodation or with family. Self storage units can be ideal in this situation to get around the shortfall. Storage units have also become popular with people currently trying to sell their house. Making your home less cluttered can increase its desirability to potential buyers.
De-cluttering or Renovating
The minimal look of clean lines and open space is currently very fashionable. In order to achieve this look it is necessary to keep ‘junk’ and clutter out of sight. Many people, especially those in small apartments do not have garage or attic space to store items. Storage units can help keep your living space clutter free. If you’re decorating or maybe even undertaking building work, storage units can come in handy for a number of reasons. Storing some of your possessions can give you the space required to undertake building/decorating work and prevent accidental damage to your items. If you don’t trust builders not to damage your prized possessions, keeping them in storage could be a wise idea. One additional use could be to store building materials that you have acquired but do not immediately need, or even to store fixtures and fittings while building work is undertaken.
Change in Lifestyle
There are many changes in personal circumstances that may warrant the use of a self storage unit. The less pleasant but unfortunately all too common ones might include bereavement in the family or the ending of a long term relationship. These lifestyle transitions although painful can be made easier when not having to worry about where to securely store possessions. Other changes in family circumstance might include children growing up and leaving home, this can be a chance for parents to ‘reclaim’ the house for their own use while storing items of sentimental value. University can be a time when students might want to store possessions during the summer break in the City they are studying, rather than moving everything back and forth.
Additional Storage for Hobby and Sports Equipment
There are many sports and hobbies that require bulky equipment that you don’t have room for. You may have run out of room in the garage, or not even have a garage to store items in. Some items like skiing equipment are only required for a limited time and can take up valuable space for the rest of the year. Sometimes you have stuff that’s getting in your way and under your feet but you don’t want to throw it away as it could be useful in the future. For all your additional storage requirements, consider renting a self storage unit.
If you’re moving abroad, either short or long term, there is likely to be a storage solution to suit your needs. You may be taking a gap year to travel the world and would like somewhere secure to leave your stuff while away. Working abroad could mean that you don’t have space to take everything with you, so self storage can look after the stuff that you don’t need urgently. Even if you are considering emigrating long term overseas, storing precious items of sentimental value in the UK can be a lot more practical than shipping it all overseas.
Post time: 06-13-2017