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Moving house is one of the most stressful things that we will ever do in our lives, so it is important to find ways to ease the pain. One of the biggest factors that can cause arguments and people off from the process is trying to sort and pack all of their belongings ready for the move.

Often, the exchange of contracts doesn’t leave you with much time to ship out of one house and transfer all of your worldly goods to another, which is why more and more people are using house moving self storage options to make the move a much calmer and smoother one.

What is self storage?

Self storage units provide secure and safe space that you can hire to keep your possessions locked away and out of sight. They can very in size according to the amount of space that you need and can be available for as little as a week, or even years.

These units offer a great amount of flexibility as they can be accessed seven days a week. This means that you can gradually start moving stuff out of your house at your own pace, and then move it into the new one bit by bit.

It is great for keeping big items of furniture out of the way while you decorate or storing all those boxes from the loft that you don’t quite have the heart to sort through yet.

As the units are locked, protected from the elements and monitored by controlled access and CCTV, it will be much safer than trying to store your items in a garage, where they are more vulnerable to theft or damage.

How can self storage help?

A domestic self storage unit buys you the one thing everyone lacks in a house move: time. It means you can move at your own speed, and take the time to decide how you are going to lay out your furniture or whether you really want to rip out that kitchen.

What type of storage container should you look out for?

When you hire a self storage unit for your house move, you should check whether there are minimum or maximum hire terms, how many people can have access to your unit and how it is protected.

Most people opt for a self storage unit because their items should be kept dry, so check what measures are in place to ensure this. A unit which is treated with anti-condensation products will make sure that mould, moisture and mildew are kept at bay.

How to pack your items

A house move self storage unit is also a great way of keeping your things organised, but this relies on you packing them in the right way.

Ideally, start by packing the things that you rarely use and will not miss in the short term, meaning that you will only have the more essential items to pack on moving day.

Make sure that the boxes you use are strong enough for the items contained within them, and seal them up carefully. We have all scrawled the name of a room across the side of a box, but as you are packing in a less stressful environment, take the time to give a bit more detail.

By labelling a box as ‘kitchen utensils’, ‘Katie’s teddies’ or ‘Michael’s tools’, you can find exactly what you need much quicker when you start unpacking.

Remember, if items are breakable, pack them carefully with plenty of padding around them so that they do not get crushed by other boxes that might get stacked on top.

Benefits of using self-storage

There are a huge number of benefits to using a self storage unit, but the most obvious is the amount of space it can save you. Using a self storage unit means that you are not left cramming things into your garage, shed or cupboards, or begging for floor space from family and friends.

Helps you declutter

It is also a great way to declutter your home. As there is no rush, you can take the time to sort through your things and decide what can be kept and what you no longer need.

Gets you organised

Packing everything into boxes means you have to be a little more organised too, and you can provide a sense of order that you might not have had before.

Ideal if you’re in temporary accommodation

These units are also fantastic if the home that you are moving to happens to be overseas or perhaps into temporary accommodation.

You might be planning on coming home again, or simply not wanting to get rid of all your earthly goods, so a self storage unit can keep everything locked away safely until you need it.

A great alternative for storing furniture

Depending on your circumstances, there will be scenarios where you need to remove furniture from your home and store it for a short or long amount of time.

You might be tempted to use a garage or spare room, but a self storage unit will not only give you much more room, it will give you peace of mind that your furniture will stay in the condition you left it, as if a unit is properly treated to protect it against damp and mould, it can be the perfect place for storing furniture as well as smaller items.

How to choose a self storage facility?

You might think that all self storage units are the same, but there are a few points to look out for.

Are they treated?

Check whether the containers are treated to make sure you won’t find your belongings smelling fusty and covered in mildew when you return to them in a few months time.

We use a special anti condensation paint within the interior of all our moving house self storage containers called Grafotherm®. Which helps to prevent furniture from becoming ruined from the potential growth of mould.

Are they secure?

You should also look at what security is on offer. Are you confident that no-one can access your unit that shouldn’t? At Loxelys Self Storage, our site is situated on a purpose built 3 acre facility that receives:

Most self storage units do not offer insurance for your items, so you will need to make sure that you are covered, just in case. Your home contents insurance may cover this, but there are also some great policies available just for self storage.

Is it easy to access?

How easy is it to get to your container? The last thing you want is to turn up in a large van, full of your belongings to find that the road is unsteady or the space around you makes it difficult to get large furniture pieces in and out of your vehicle.

At Loxelys, we have purposely designed our site with ease in mind. Our roads are fully accessible and suitable for cars and vans. We’ve even ensured you don’t come across any surprises such as narrow roads or sharp turns.

You will want to double check the opening times work for you and that you can get your heavy sofa to the unit without breaking your back.

Why choose Loxleys?

Loxleys offer house moving self storage solutions that you can trust. As a professional, family run business, Loxleys strive for top quality service in everything that we do. Our 3 acre site in Mansfield has over 100 fully secure steel containers which are internally coated with Grafotherm anti condensation paint and are protected by 24 hour CCTV, wide floodlit roads and a telephone access gate system to ensure your belongings are safe and secure for as long as you need us.

If you would like to get a price or speak to a member of your team, feel free to contact us. We would be happy to answer any questions you have regarding our moving home self storage.

Why Choose Loxleys?

Our site has full-coverage 24hr CCTV, secured with electric gate access and has regular security patrols.

Our high quality containers are water-tight and treated with anti-condensation paint to ensure your items stay dry and clean.

Enjoy access to site 7 days a week. You will receive a lock and key so you can access your container unit whenever you need to.

Sleep easy with secure storage solutions on monthly rolling contracts, starting from just £89 per month.