How Much Should I Expect to Pay For Storage?
The situations that might prompt you to seek good-value storage are many – and sometimes they can be completely unforeseen and the storage needs to be found promptly. You may have miscalculated the size and amount of your belongings when moving house and discover that there isn’t room for everything (especially if it’s a downsizing move). Perhaps you’re in between homes and temporarily renting something smaller to tide you over. Or it could be a more humdrum, everyday situation, such as a decluttering endeavour or some redecoration that’s forced you to move your worldly goods to a storage unit. But before you can do that, you have to choose the unit and work out what’s reasonable in terms of the charge.
The good news is that your current removals company (or the last one you used) might well offer storage as well as house-moves, as is the case with Aussie Gillingham. Many removals companies have large, secure, well-run facilities that can take care of any and every item, including those that need a constantly dry atmosphere or temperature control.
What Kinds of Storage Are There?
Storage options are generally split down two lines. One is self storage, the other containerised storage. As the name suggests, with self-storage you rent a unit into which you then put your belongings, with little involvement from staff. With containerised storage, your chosen company will collect your goods and then deliver them to its storage facility. You’ll receive an inventory of what’s in your storage container, making it easy to retrieve a particular item as and when you need it. At Aussie Gillingham, we’ve pioneered the AusPod, which is brought to your door, loaded and then taken back to our facility. This system is great for reducing the likelihood of damage, because your items are only handled once.
What is The Process For Arranging Self-Storage?
If you’re planning to store a considerable amount of goods (for example, the contents of a three-floor house), many companies will arrange a survey and then give you a quotation. You can then go ahead and book, or decline and seek storage elsewhere. Depending on your budget and requirements, you can also opt to use the company’s packing service. After packing and collection, the items to be stored are taken back to the company’s warehouse, and you’re issued with an inventory. You’ll also have been informed up-front about the company’s access policy. Some companies will let you have periodic access a certain number of times a year and then charge for additional visits. When you no longer need any storage, you’ll be able to book redelivery to your home.
What Impacts the Cost of Storage?
The most obvious factor is the size of unit or container space that you need. Many containers come in the 250-cubic-feet form, which may not immediately mean much to everyone. To give you a sense of what such a container can store, you’d need up to five of them to accommodate the contents of a three-bedroom house.
The next big factor is the amount of time you’ll need your storage. Storage is normally charged by the week (though if you go the self-storage route, this may not be the case). If you know upfront that you need a considerable amount of time, then you may find that your storage company has deals and discounts in place in such an event.
You’ll also pay more for storage if you use the company’s packing service, meaning you won’t have to lift a finger – all you’ll need to do is identify the items going into storage while the packers go from room to room in your property. But there can be reasons beyond mere convenience to use such a service; professional packers will often arrive with the very best, industry-standard materials, making sure your precious items are as safe as possible. Using this option is an excellent move if you’re busy, don’t want to live amid an ocean of stuffed boxes before your storage date, or have particularly delicate, valuable items. And talking of special items, you might also pay more for storage if you’re planning to store objects that need complex handling or storage – very large items, for example, can require specific kinds of crating.
Insurance may be bundled with your storage charge, or come as an extra. Either way, be sure to establish this before your belongings leave you. You want to know your goods are covered against any damage incurred during collection, handling, delivering and redelivery, along with fire, damp and any other kind of damage. And be sure the cover applies not only to when the items are in storage, but also any and every point in their journey to and from storage. After that, the only other costs you might encounter are access charges (though some of those should be included in the price automatically), disassembling/reassembling sometimes required for large goods and, lastly, if you want professional help from staff (for example, if you’ve visited the facility to retrieve a particular item, but can’t get it out on your own). The only remaining variable is location, with storage likely to cost more in the big urban centres of the country.
So What Should I Expect to Pay?
Many storage companies will ask you for a variety of details via an online form before calculating your quotation, and you can end up paying over the odds for 250 cubic feet of space. But with the AusPod, you know from the get-go that our superb-value rate is £18 per AusPod. We’ve managed to bring down the costs of containerised storage thanks to the innovative design of our units. They’re constructed so they can be stacked closely together, meaning no space in our facility is wasted. This saves us money which saves you money. If you prefer another company, for reasons of location or familiarity, you can expect the starting point to be £20 for a similarly-sized unit, rising well into the £30s, depending on the company, the area and the degree of local demand.