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Top 5 Reasons Why Households Use Self-Storage

Self-storage is one of those products that you use and then wonder how you survived without it. In essence, self storage companies rent you empty space in their building for you to store any belongings that you cannot accommodate in your flat or garage. But what do people use self storage rooms for?

The primary use of self-storage is for the storage is for personal use. The term ‘personal use’ covers a huge range of things but top 5 reasons for storing are as follows:

1

Moving Home

Moving Home

The main reason for using self storage is for people who are moving home. Often people become frustrated with house-moving chains so prefer to sell their house, move into temporary rental accommodation and put their household items into storage until they purchase their new property. This has become more and more popular as cash buyers for houses are always seen as a safer bet as there is no chain that could interrupt a sale.

2

Extra Space

Extra Space

The second most popular reason for using self storage space is for seldom-used items for which there is no space for at home. Especially within London, where the majority of people live in flats, there is limited additional space where excess items can be stored. Often flats have no loft space and possibly only access to some basement storage which is not guaranteed to be clean and dry. Popular items to store are winter sports equipment, extra clothing and boxes of books and items of sentimental value that people do not wish to throw away.

3

De-Cluttering

For those people who are looking to sell their homes but do not want to move into rented accommodation prior to selling, simply de-cluttering can make a huge difference to the look and feel of a house to potential buyers. People often take self storage space for a only a few months while the house is on the market and using self storage means belongings remain accessible during the time of storage.

4

Divorce / Relatives

Divorce / Relatives

When couples split there is often a requirement for household items to be divided between the individual people concerned. Whilst not the best circumstances in which to have to take storage, it is evident that self storage has many uses and is a convenient option for people in all situations.

5

Downsizing

Downsizing

As people age, they often have no need for a large house which can become more and more difficult to manage as they get older. Houses with one or more floors become more and more inaccessible so people will often look to downsize, sometimes to bungalows so that everything is on level. With this in mind, people often sell items that they no longer have use for but want to keep items of sentimental value including personal photos and other keepsakes.