Using storage solutions whilst moving house can save you time, stress, and in the long run, money. There are many practical applications for storage when moving, depending on your situation. In this blog post, we discuss the various reasons why someone may consider using storage solutions during their move in order to make the process easier for them.
If you need to declutter
We often don’t realise just how much stuff we have accumulated until the time comes to move into a new home – not just furniture, all of those personal photos and other items add up! These kinds of belongings, such as paintings and family photos can often distract buyers from seeing the potential in your property as it makes it difficult for them to imagine themselves living there. By storing these in the meantime, you can provide your potential buyers with a relatively blank slate to picture themselves in.
Further down the line, this also allows you to move the basics in to your home first, allowing you to plan out exactly how you want to use your new space, and then make an informed decision if you want to declutter and get rid of some of the belongings you have stored in the meantime.
If you find yourself between houses
Often, due to how chains work during a property sale, it can be easier to sell your home and move into temporary accommodation such as rented property, or in with family or friends. This allows you to quickly sell your home first, rather than risking the sale falling through entirely.
The temporary accommodation you move into may not fit all of your belongings (for instance, it may be a smaller property or may be furnished) – or if you are moving in with family or friends they probably won’t appreciate you moving in with the contents of your own home! As you will only be there for a short time, it makes sense to store your furniture, along with any non-essential belongings such as out of season clothing, books, photo albums etc. until you are settled in for the long term in your new home.
If there is an unplanned problem on moving day
As mentioned above, sometimes things do not go to plan during the process of selling your home. Sometimes, these can come into play on moving day itself – for example, another person in the chain is experiencing issues with their removal company, or is having problems with their finances, yet you have still sold your home and moved your belongings out. This holds everyone up at the very last minute, including you.
In situations such as this, it may be a good idea to pack the essentials for you and your family to stay in a hotel for a few nights and move your belongings into storage. This means that as soon as the issues in the chain are resolved, you will be ready to go.
If you want to unpack slowly
Most of the time when moving house, we want to get settled as soon as possible – however, is that always the best idea? When moving with pets or small children, it’s often a good idea to store some of your belongings and unpack over time, to save the property becoming overrun with moving boxes. It also gives you time to thoroughly clean your new house and plan exactly where everything should go, putting you in more control.
If your new home needs some work
You may have bought your new home because you could see the potential in it and it requires some redecorating to feel like home, or perhaps more extensive renovations. All of this work can be messy and by storing your belongings you will find it easier to get everything done. Not only does this mean you won’t be working around your furniture, moving it out of the way constantly, but your furniture and belongings will be kept safe, secure, and dry, protected from paint and dust.
We hope this guide has been useful. For more information about our storage services in the West Midlands, visit our storage page.