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15 Reasons Why Short-Term Storage Could Be For You

Adele MacGregor

Written by Reviewed by Dave Sayce

14th Jan 2022 (Last updated on 17th Jan 2022) 7 minute read

One of the factors you need to consider when using self-storage is the length of time you will rent the unit for. This will depend on your reasons for utilising self-storage, with life events such as moving house, divorce, a death in the family, travel or home renovations among the most common reasons why someone would utilise short-term self-storage.

At Compare My Move, we work with top storage experts to bring you everything you need to know about utilising short-term self-storage. In the article, we explore 15 reasons someone might want to use storage short-term, how much it costs and how to find the best unit for your needs.

This article will cover the following:
  1. What is Short-Term Storage?
  2. Reasons to Use Short-Term Storage
  3. How Much Does It Cost?
  4. Where to Find Short-Term Storage
  5. Moving and Storage Services

What is Short-Term Storage?

Short-term storage is the process of using a storage unit or units temporarily for a specific period of time. This could be a few days, a few weeks or during seasons where the items are not needed, such as ski or camping equipment.

Utilising storage means that these items are not taking up space in your home (or someone else’s home) and are kept safe during a specific timeframe. Many people will rent a storage unit short-term during a particular life event, such as travelling or moving house, where storing items at your property is not an option.

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Reasons to Use Short-Term Storage

As we’ve mentioned above, there are certain life events that lend themselves to using self-storage. This allows you to keep your items safe without worrying about rushing to move them elsewhere or getting rid of them.

Below we look at the 15 most common reasons someone would rent a self-storage unit short-term:

1. Moving House

Storage and moving very often go hand in hand. According to the Self Storage Association (SSA) Annual Industry Report 2021, 29% of self-storage customers are involved in moving house. For example, if you have sold your previous home before moving into a new property, a storage unit will allow you to keep your items safely in the interim period.

2. Travelling

If you are travelling for a few months, you may want to consider using storage short term for the items you are not taking with you. This is perhaps most useful for students and anyone who rents their accommodation, as items can be stored during the time you are not renting a home.

3. Left Luggage

Useful for short city breaks, various companies will offer short-term storage for your luggage, allowing you to enjoy your break without pulling a suitcase behind you everywhere

For more information on storage for students read: A Guide for Student Self-Storage

4. Business Storage

Short-term storage can be a huge asset for business storage. Whether you are in the process of upscaling your business, just starting out or between offices, a storage unit can be used to store everything from office supplies and equipment to stock for an Etsy store or eBay business.

For more information on utilising storage as a business read: A Guide to Business Self Storage Units

5. Student Storage

There are a number of reasons why students would use self-storage options, such as between accommodation moves, in the summer holidays, when studying abroad or if they are an international student.

For more information on storage for students read: A Guide for Student Self-Storage

6. Death of a Relative

According to recent data from SSA, a death in the family is the most common life event that people use storage for.

Following the death of someone close, it can often feel too soon to sort through their belongings. Eventually, you will need to decide what can be done with them but in the immediate aftermath, a storage unit will make sure the items are kept safe until you are ready to face them.

7. During a Divorce

Divorced or separated people are twice as likely to use self-storage, according to SSA’s 2021 report. Divorce and separation can be a very difficult time, especially if you are moving out of your home. Keeping your belongings in storage during the divorce proceedings can at least take the pressure off organising possessions, allowing you to take your time during this difficult period.

8. During Renovations

The SSA found that people renovating their home are 3 times more likely to use self-storage. When renovating part of your house, it very often isn’t practical to keep furniture and other possessions in other rooms whilst the work is being done. Furthermore, you don’t want to risk damage to your belongings during the renovations. Short-term storage is ideal for keeping your items off-site and protected.

9. Downsizing Your Home

When downsizing your home and belongings, organising years of possessions can be emotional as well as time-consuming. Keeping items in short-term storage allows you to take your item sorting through your possessions, so you don’t have to rush to get rid of anything.

To read more about downsizing see: An Essential Guide to Downsizing Your Home

10. Decluttering Your Home

As with downsizing, short-term self-storage allows you to keep your belongings safe and out of your home until you have the time to decide what you are and aren’t keeping. Keeping your items in storage can make you realise what you actually use regularly and what you miss having in your home. Once you return to the unit, the items you haven’t thought about or needed can then be sold or donated.

For more information on decluttering your home read: How To Declutter for a House Move

11. Seasonal Items

Seasonal items, which are only used at certain times of the year, include decor such as Christmas or Halloween decorations. In addition to holiday-related items, the category can also include seasonal clothing or sports items, for example, ski gear or thermals.

12. Camping Gear

If you and/or your family and friends are avid campers, it’s likely you will have a large amount of camping equipment. If your home is too small to store your equipment, you may want to consider keeping these items in storage between camping trips.

13. Collectable Items

From toys and figurines to music paraphernalia and sports memorabilia, collections can take up a lot of room. Short-term storage can be ideal for these items until you find a home for them long term.

14. Hobbyist Gear

Hobby gear can very often take up a lot of room and if it is currently not being used, it can become a hindrance in the home. From painting to supplies to large pieces of equipment, these are very often items that can take over in your home, especially if you live in a small house or flat.

15. Furniture Storage

Large items such as furniture are difficult to store in somewhere like an attic and many people will donate or sell these items if they don’t have the room. Hiring a unit for short term furniture storage allows you to keep these items safe until you have found a place for them.

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How Much Does It Cost?

According to the SSA 2021 Annual Industry Report, the UK average net rental rate is £23.94 per square foot per annum. Ultimately, the amount your storage unit costs will depend on the number of items you are storing. The more square foot you need, the more it will cost. The price will also increase if you need a specialised unit, such as temperature-controlled storage.

Self-storage costs will also vary across the country, with large cities such as London typically costing more than areas such in the West Midlands and Wales, which are the cheapest in the UK. Costs can also depend on the storage company you use which is why it is wise to compare costs before committing to a unit.

Where to Find Short-Term Storage

Whatever your reason for using self-storage, at Compare My Move we have a network of companies across the country who can offer short-term storage options to suit your needs. When comparing storage companies, it is worth considering how much space you require, the proximity of your unit to your home and what is included in the price.

Each of our storage partners is put through a strict verification process, ensuring you receive the best possible service. We can match you with up to 6 companies who can provide you with storage quotes and discuss your requirements.

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Moving and Storage Services

In addition to our storage partners, we also work with verified and reliable removal companies, many of which have storage options or connections with reputable storage providers. Our removal partners can get your items to and from your storage unit safely, ensuring your items are protected every step of the way.

We can connect you with up to 6 local removal companies, all of which are fully insured with Goods in Transit and Public Liability Insurances, so you know your belongings are in safe hands.

Adele MacGregor

Having written for PerformanceIN, WalesOnline, Grazia Magazine and The Olive Press, Adele now writes advice articles for home movers, first-time buyers and house sellers alike.

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.