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A Guide to Moving House and Self Storage

Martha Lott

Written by Reviewed by Dave Sayce

14th Jan 2022 (Last updated on 18th Jan 2022) 7 minute read

The moving house process can be a stressful period, especially if you’re in between homes. There is a lot to think about during the weeks leading up to completion - packing, signing documents, changing your address.

Using self-storage for your house move is an ideal way to tackle the move in stages. By storing some of your personal belongings or storing furniture, you have the time to decide what you want to take to your new home without the pressure of packing everything up.

Whether you’ve sold your home and are waiting to move in, you want to declutter to appeal to buyers or want to save on your removal costs, putting your belongings in storage can help save you time, money and stress on your move.

This article will cover the following:
  1. How Can Self-storage Help When Moving House?
  2. What are the Options for House Storage?
  3. What Size Storage Unit Will I Need?
  4. How Much Will it Cost?
  5. How to Pack and Protect your Items for Storage
  6. How to Pick a Self-storage Facility
  7. Removals and Storage Companies

How Can Self-storage Help When Moving House?

Many people use self-storage when moving house, with the majority of domestic storage customers being those moving house, decluttering and creating more space in the home.

With 49% of storage companies saying they saw an increase in house movers using their units during the last year, self-storage proves to be a huge help during the moving process.

Flexibility

Moving house storage provides people with the flexibility they need during the process. With both long and short term options available, you can store single items for a week, or a house worth of belongings for years.During a house move, storage allows you to keep your belongings safe and secure while you have important decisions to make. The convenience of storage means when you’re ready to move, you can collect your items from storage and unpack them into your new home.

In-between homes

If you’ve sold your home or your contract is coming to an end on your flat, that period of finding a property can be stressful. 29% of storage customers said they were in between properties, while a further 9% said they’re moving and don’t have enough space in the new property.Using self-storage during the in-between period means you don’t have to worry about moving your whole house to temporary accommodation. With the flexibility of storage, you can have your items moved into your new home once everything is finalised.

Decluttering for viewings

Decluttering your home for house viewings is a common trend. It helps the buyer to imagine their belongings in your property. 4% of storage customers claimed their items were in storage as they needed to declutter their home in order to sell it.If your new home is going to be smaller than your current one, you’ll have to be cautious about what you can take with you. Decluttering your belongings into storage gives you time to work out whether there’ll be room in your new home for your prized possessions, as well as giving you space for the items if you wish to sell them.

Pack in stages

Moving house storage allows you to pack and unpack in stages. If you’re feeling the pressure of moving day approaching and the thought of packing up your whole house is daunting, using self-storage for some or even half of your belongings will allow for stress-free packing.If you’re moving into a home that needs new flooring, it could be ideal to store your sofa, armchairs or coffee tables until after the work is done. You may not have a garage in your new property but you did in your old one - placing the contents of your garage in storage until you decide on a plan for the items will help save on removal costs.

Security

Moving house can be chaotic, especially during the packing stage. When it comes to moving day, it’s easy to misplace important valuables. You don’t want the added worry of ensuring your items aren’t open to risk.Storage offers a secure option for your valuables during the period around completion. You’ll know exactly where your items are at all times, and with our storage providers across the UK, they will be local.

Moving for work or business

If you’re going to be moving for work, it could be a temporary move, and you might not want to sell your current home or leave your items there unattended. Self-storage is often the solution for this as you don’t have to worry about the security of your personal belongings. The flexibility that storage offers also means you can return your items home once your new contract is up.

An international move

International moves accounted for 15% of storage use in 2020/21 according to data from SSA’s UK Industry Report. Whether you’re moving permanently, temporarily or even part-time, moving all your personal belongings abroad can be costly.It’s a good idea to leave some items in storage, especially if it’s not going to be a long term move or you plan on splitting your time between the UK and your international home.

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What are the Options for House Storage?

There are different types of self-storage units you can use for your house storage, some might be more beneficial depending on the type of items you need storing.

Indoor units

Indoor self-storage units are the most common type of storage and are located inside the storage building where only you have access to your items. These units will come in a range of sizes to meet your requirements. The main benefit of indoor storage is that the house storage units will be safe, secure and out of the way from damaging weather.

Climate controlled units

Certain household items will benefit from being in a temperature-controlled storage unit, especially if you’re storing items for a long period of time. Wooden furniture poses a risk if it’s not in a climate-controlled storage unit as this could cause moisture issues, leading to expansions and contraction of the wood. Metal, fabric and electronics are also at risk of damage from humidity, so a climate-controlled unit helps to avoid this.

Outdoor units

Outdoor units are better suited for larger items such as cars, bikes or boats as you can just drive into your unit and park up. This could be ideal if your new home or temporary accommodation doesn’t have any parking or garage space.

What Size Storage Unit Will I Need?

The size of the unit you’ll need will depend on how many items you plan to put into storage. The table below lists the amount of storage space you’ll need for the contents of a 1-bedroom flat, 2-bedroom flat, 2-bed house and a 3-bed house and the specific items it can fit.

Property Size

Storage NeededWhat Does it Fit?

1-bedroom flat

50 sq.ft

  • A few small cardboard boxes
  • Twin/queen size mattress
  • Small dressing table/bedside table
  • Desk and chair
  • 1 bicycle
  • Electronics

2 bedroom flat

75 sq.ft

  • Medium cardboard boxes
  • Dining table and chairs
  • A 2-3 seater sofa
  • 2 double beds
  • Wardrobe
  • Chest of drawers
  • Kitchen white goods

2-bed house

100 sq.ft

  • Lots of large cardboard boxes or storage containers
  • 2 queen-size beds
  • Coffee tables and side tables
  • Lamps
  • Rugs
  • Large appliances
  • Garden equipment
  • Dressing table

3-bed house

125-150 sq.ft

  • All of the above
  • Contents of a 3-bedroom house


How Much Will it Cost?

Your total self-storage unit costs will depend on the size of the unit and how long you need it for. Below we have created a table to highlight the costs of a different range of storage unit sizes for weekly, monthly and 3 monthly periods.


Storage Unit SizeStorage Costs for 1 WeekStorage Costs for 1 MonthStorage Costs for 3 Months

50 sq.ft

£23.02

£99.75

£299.25

75 sq.ft

£34.53

£149.63

£448.88

100 sq.ft

£46.04

£199.50

£598.50

125-150 sq.ft

£69.06

£299.25

£897.75

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How to Pack and Protect your Items for Storage

Your storage provider will offer packing boxes and materials to help transport your storage safely to the unit for an extra cost, but you can also do this yourself. The best way to pack for storage:

  • Declutter
  • Create an inventory
  • Understand what will fit in your unit
  • Categorise your storage
  • Label your storage

What Not to Put into Storage

Naturally, there are certain items you cannot store in your unit. We’ve listed what you can’t put into storage below:

  • Humans
  • Animals and pets
  • Combustible, flammable, hazardous or toxic materials
  • Tyres
  • Firearms, explosives, ammunition or weapons
  • Biological, chemical or radioactive materials
  • Scented items
  • Food and Perishable foods
  • Money
  • Illegal and stolen items

For a detailed look at this topic, read our guide How to Pack for Self Storage.

How to Pick a Self-storage Facility

There are certain factors you’ll have to consider when choosing the right self-storage facility for you.

  1. Size requirements - First you’ll need to work out the size of unit you’ll need to store all of your items.
  2. Type of storage - Decide whether you require a climate-controlled unit or are you happy with indoor self-storage.
  3. Location - Once you’re certain of the size and type of storage you need, think about how close you need to be to your personal belongings.
  4. Security - Security at the storage building is essential, with most providers offering CCTV and bright lights around the building. You’ll also have to purchase a padlock for your unit.
  5. Price - Now you’re ready to compare local storage providers. We can connect you with up to 6 storage providers so you can compare quotes, saving money on your storage costs.

Removals and Storage Companies

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Martha Lott

Written by Martha Lott

Having written for Huffington Post and Film Criticism Journal, Martha now regularly researches and writes advice articles for everything moving house related.

Dave Sayce

Reviewed by Dave Sayce

Owner & Managing Director, Compare My Move

Dave Sayce is the owner and managing director of Compare My Move and has over 10 years of experience in the house removals industry.