Storage is a great option for people in a huge range of different situations, whether moving house, renovating, downsizing or travelling. It can also be surprisingly affordable, but savvy self-storers will use a number of tips and tricks to save even more money. This can be very handy in a city like London, where storage (like everything else) can be a little pricier than other parts of the UK.
Store less, save space and save money
The key to saving money on storage in London is space. There are usually a number of units available in a range of different sizes. You need to pick the unit that’s right for you – where it’s not so packed that you can’t find anything, but also without paying for extra space you don’t use.
The less space you use, the more money you save. To use less space, you need to store less stuff. It really can be that simple.
The first thing to do is to declutter before you store. If you’ve not even looked at it for years, are you likely to need it at any point in the future? If the answer is no and it doesn’t have sentimental or actual value, it has to go. You can even sell your unwanted items to raise some extra cash.
Packing advice for storage in London
If you pack smart, you’ll fit more in your unit and it’ll be more organised too. This makes it easier to access and find things, without a whole pile of boxes falling on you! Follow these smart packing tips:
- Dismantle bulky items. De-flat-packing beds, wardrobes and sofas means that they’ll take up far less space in your unit. Put them in first, lining the walls with the different parts of your furniture.
- Choose boxes of similar sizes. This makes it easier to stack them on top of each other. Also, only use sturdy boxes with no damage, as they’re less likely to collapse.
- Fill your boxes to capacity (but not over). Filled boxes are sturdier and easier to stack, but resist overfilling or they could burst or split.
- Pack everything in tightly, but leave a passage for access. Utilise every inch of space, but don’t forget about your access needs.
- Consider using shelving. Provided it doesn’t take up too much space, shelving can help you maximise the height of your unit while still allowing easy access. Warehouse-style racking is widely available, not too expensive and doesn’t take up too much room.
As well as saving space, you also want to avoid damage to any valuable items you’ll be storing. The first way to do this is to choose storage in London very carefully. You need somewhere clean, dry, fully insured and completely protected with full security systems. If you have any antiques or fragile items, you should also check out any climate control features.
If you’re happy with the unit, it’s now time to get your items ready for storage. Protect valuables with bubble wrap or cloth, or store in a sealable crate, to protect them from damage.
To find out about convenient storage in London or for more expert advice on storage solutions, contact the Kiwi Movers team by calling 020 8877 9682.