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    Explore Storage Types: Find Your Ideal Solution

    By The reallymoving Team Updated 2nd Apr, 2024

    Using storage during or after a house move can be a good way of minimising clutter in your home, without getting rid of treasured possessions. There are several types of storage options available.

    Explore Storage Types: Find Your Ideal Solution
    When you’re moving to a new home, it may become apparent just how much you own. This is a good time to start working on decluttering. However, it is likely you will find items that you don’t wish to part with, but you do not have the space for. This is where storage becomes an option.

    You’ve probably heard of or seen storage facilities before, but there are actually multiple storage options in existence. Knowing what is available can help you decide what option is best for you.


    Self-storage refers to storage facilities that offer DIY storage spaces for individuals and businesses to use at their convenience.
    This is the most common form of storage in the UK. A self-storage facility is a secure building with multiple units of varying sizes. A person can pay to keep their items within one of these units for a certain amount of time.
    Here are some examples of what you can keep in self-storage.

    When you keep items in a self-storage unit, you can access them at any time that the facility is open. This is ideal for anyone wishing to have easy access to their items. For example, if you are storing some things for a week while you move house, or you are redecorating and need to move stuff around.

    When choosing a self-storage facility, it’s important to make sure you are satisfied with its security and the condition in which your items will be kept.

    What is the cost of a self-storage unit?

    The cost of a self-storage unit will vary depending on many factors, such as the size of the unit and the amount of time you use it for.

    Containerised Storage Units

    Containerised storage units are great alternative for short and long-term storage needs, offering convenience and security. Your items are stored in 35sqft container units, typically stacked on top of each other, within a secure & dedicated warehouse facility.

    Container units are pre-loaded on to the removal company’s vehicle. Upon arrival at your home the moving crew protect and load all your belongings directly into the containers. When the containers are transported to the storage facility, a forklift will move them from the truck and will stack them inside the warehouse.

    The main advantage of sto units is that they are modular - you can add or remove 35sqft units as and when needed.

    What is the difference between containerised storage and self-storage?

    The main difference between containerised storage and self-storage is accessibility. Unlike self-storage, your items are stored in a containerised storage unit within the storage facility and will need to be booked out. However, this can easily be done by sending an email to the company providing your storage.

    What is the cost of containerised storage?

    In the UK, the cost can vary depending on factors such as location, the number of units, and duration of storage. On average, the cost of storage unit in London is approximately £20 per week for a 35sq ft unit. This will be slight less outside London.

    Containerised storage is ideal for anyone wishing to store items with occasional access requirements. For example, if you have a lot of items relating to your business, or you are going to be renovating your home for a long time.

    Mobile self-storage

    Another handy storage option is the use of mobile self-storage. This is similar to self-storage, as your items are kept in a unit for a period. However, unlike self-storage, this unit is mobile and on wheels.
    Mobile storage units are loaded onto trailers and brought by the company to your home or business, where you can load or unload your items. When they take it away, the unit will then be stored securely at a facility.

    Much like self-storage, your items can be accessed whenever you want, but you will of course need to account for their driver’s schedule and how long they will take to get to you. You should also be aware of the size of the units as this will be dependent on what can legally fit on the roads. Therefore, you will need to do what you can to maximise your space.

    Some mobile storage companies also have the option to keep your mobile unit on your property, so you have easy access to it. This might be useful if you’re redecorating one room and just want some extra space to store things for a couple of weeks.

    Mobile storage is ideal for anyone who will have difficulty travelling long distances with things to store, for example due to their schedule, their health or not having a decent way to transport items.

    Container Storage

    Shipping containers are another flexible solution to not only store tools, equipment, machinery, or office furniture but also household goods and personal belongings.
    These metal containers usually come in 2 sizes: 20ft and 40ft containers. These sizes are due to using shipping containers which have been re-purposed as a cost-effective storage solution for both personal and commercial use.
    The steel containers are perfect for storage because their solid frame and structure provide a secure and weatherproof environment to keep items safe from theft and the elements.
    Due to their large size, they have become an affordable and convenient way of temporarily storing furniture and contents of a complete home. For example, if you are in between houses and you need to move out of your existing property but have not yet found a new property, or if you are having building works done at your property and you need to store the full contents of your home during the works.

    What is the cost of container storage?

    Prices of container storage vary depending on factors such as location, container size, and rental duration. However, compared to traditional storage options, container storage will often be the cheapest storage solution per sqft whilst offering the same level of security and accessibility.

    As always, when choosing the method of storage that’s right for you, you should follow the golden rule. Always compare what’s available (not just in terms of the kind of storage, but what companies are about) to find the best deal, and the service that is right for your needs!

    Storage Types FAQs

    What are the two main types of storage facilities?

    In the UK the main types of storage facilities used by customers are Self Storage and Containerised Storage.
    Self Storage facilities are large secure buildings which contain locked storage rooms of various sizes. Customers can rent these rooms for short or long term to store their personal items or commercial goods.
    Containerised storage facilities are typically warehouses owned and operated by removals companies to store their customers belongings in 35sqft wooden containers. Customers containers are stacked in the warehouse to fully utilize available space. Customers can easily access their containers by requesting access by providing 24 to 48 hours’ notice.

    What are storage facilities and their uses?

    Storage facilities are secure, dedicated spaces that customers can rent for the purposes for storing household goods, inventory, or belongings. These facilities can vary in size from small lockers to large warehouses, providing a secure and organised environment for items to be kept. Storage facilities ensure that customers can access their storage units to add or remove items at their convenience.

    What is the most common unit of storage?

    In the UK, rental of storage space is mostly measured in square feet or (sq ft). Whether you need a small self-storage room for 15sq ft, a 35sq ft containerised storage unit, or a 1000sq ft shipping container, knowing the square footage can guide you in selecting the right option to accommodate your belongings effectively.

    Are there any advantages of containerised Storage Units?

    Due to their modular nature, you can easily add or remove 35 sq ft units as and when required. For example, if you are storing inventory and anticipate delivery of more inventory later then you can save money by renting further units when your new stock arrives. Or as you sell some of your items in storage you will require less containers. This means you will not be paying for any storage that you are not using.

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