September is a popular month for house moves as people race to avoid having to move all their belongings before the bad weather sets in. Thankfully we seem to be in the midst of an Indian summer at the moment but there is one problem you might have encountered which is common among many people who are moving into a rental property – what to do with white goods!
Fridge freezers, washing machines and so on otherwise known as white goods are essentials in any home. The problem arises when it’s time to move house and the property you are moving into has its own integrated appliances.
Washing machines and fridge freezers aren’t the easiest things to try and find space for and it unlikely your new landlord will appreciate you storing them in your new home in the first place.
So what are your options?
If you are planning to move into your rental within the next few weeks it is worth assessing how much your appliances are worth. Are they worth keeping? Sometimes it’s just easier to sell them on ebay or Gumtree rather than have to think about where to store them.
If they are in good working order, however, you do have the option of putting them in self-storage along with other items you may not have space for.
Why would you want to use self-storage for your items? There is a good chance that there will come a point in your life when self-storage is the only option to store items. Here are some of the most common reasons.
You run out of space at home
As we go through life it’s inevitable we start to collect all kinds of things and the longer you live in a space, the more it will be filled up with those things. It’s common to simply outgrow a house to the point where clutter makes life unbearable. Self-storage can be a solution to your problems by giving you the extra space to sort everything out and get rid of things you no longer use.
Working or moving abroad
In the increasingly mobile society we live in, it’s often the case that opportunities to work in different locations present themselves and sometimes these might be abroad. This can be both exciting and daunting time when it comes to moving furniture and so on. Of course there are plenty of removal specialists who can help with this but you can reduce costs by putting items you don’t need into storage until you need them.
Some people are relieved to see their children grow into adults and leave others feel the effects of empty nest syndrome. Self-storage can help either way by providing you with an alternative space to store their stuff for a time when they might need it again or simply a way to hang on to those memories while you redecorate.
So you have taken the decision to pack your items in a storage unit and packing stuff away is simple right? Well not exactly. As with anything there is a certain knack to getting the best out of the storage you have available and the following advice might even save you money!
When we move house or pack things away, often the last thing we think too much about is how we pack things. Often cardboard boxes are gathered from the local supermarket which is a great way to recycle empty boxes but the easiest way to give yourself a storage headache.
If you look at how goods are stored in shops and in warehouses, you will see how packaging is usually of a uniform size. This is important to ensure that everything fits together without a loss of space in between on shelves.
The same principle applies to your own storage. If the majority of your items are in boxes, then having just a few size variations will help as will boxes with tops. If a box doesn’t have a top it will be more difficult to stack other boxes on top and the contents will end up getting dusty.
When you are packing your boxes, make sure heavier items are placed at the bottom with lighter items at the top so that you have a solid base for stacking.