Short term storage is a great option if you’re looking for a way of decluttering your home or workspace for a few days or weeks. You can take your belongings back out again whenever suits you and only pay for what you have used.
Need some inspiration for how short term storage could make your life easier for you? Here are our top ten reasons when and why you might need to use it.
1. Selling your home
In today’s housing market, it’s not always possible to sell your home and move straight into your new one. Rather than risk losing a buyer while you sort out your purchase, you can use short term self storage to keep your belongings safe and in one place (rather in the garages of friends and family) while you rent or stay with family for a few weeks until you’ve found and completed your new house purchase.
2. During renovations at work or home
These can be stressful enough. You don’t need the added issue of making sure that none of your stuff gets splashed with paint, covered with dust or otherwise wrecked by builders, plasterers, decorators or anyone “trying to help”.
3. Stashing sports equipment
Does your sport of choice come with a lot of kit? If you like to go kayaking, rafting, skiing or surfing, for example, you’re going to need somewhere to keep your equipment that isn’t going to drive you crazy. Put it into your short term storage unit and it will stay safe until you next want to use it, whether that’s every weekend or just over the summer months.
4. For garden furniture and tools
If left outside over winter, your garden furniture may well need a lot of TLC before you can use it again in the spring. You might be worried about leaving your tools in a shed during the dark winter months. Tools and furniture can all be kept clean, dry and safe in a storage unit over winter and the same can be said for holiday decorations and big winter coats throughout summer.
5. Storing camping equipment
Camping comes with a lot of equipment: tent, sleeping bags, camping stove, folding table and chairs… all of these things take up a huge amount of space, and you’ll usually only use them in the warmer months anyway. Store it all in your unit and it’ll all be waiting for you when you’re ready to go on another adventure.
6. Storing student belongings
Sadly, burglars know that student digs are often left empty for long periods over summer, Christmas and Easter, and thefts from those properties tend to skyrocket during these periods. You can rent a self-storage facility for a week or longer over the holidays and keep all your things safe, rather than leaving it vulnerable or dragging it home with you. Speaking of that…
7. Clearing the spare room
If you normally use your spare room as a bit of a dumping ground, home gym or office, you might need to clear it out to use as a bedroom now and then – over Christmas, or if you have children at university who want to come home in the holidays.
8. Startup business storage
Is your business reaching the point where you need to store stock or equipment rather than keeping it around the house? Try short term storage and see if flexible self storage might be the best use of your resources in the longer term, or just as a stopgap until you can sort a more permanent solution as you continue to grow.
9. Life changes
Divorce, downsizing, bereavement and moving in with a partner are all times when you might find that you have more belongings than you have room for. They’re also times when long term decisions are not the best idea, because you’re still finding your feet after a major life event (good or bad). Short term storage is a good solution for keeping all of your belongings safe without risking throwing away things you’ll make use of again.
10. Renting out a room or house
AirBnB and similar sites are popular for homeowners to make a bit of extra cash by renting ot a room or the entire house. Most guests don’t like it if there’s a lot of personal belongings around the home, so empty your wardrobes and decant your clothe and other items into your storage unit fr short term until your house is your own again.
Whatever your reason, if you’re looking for short or long term storage, we have locations in Hillington and Cumbernauld with flexible terms and unit sizes. Get 50% off at Hillington for the first 12 weeks!