Find space to put the stress of mov­ing in to stor­age

Stor­age and self-stor­age can help take the stress out of buy­ing and sell­ing homes. Sharon Dale re­ports.

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY NEWS -

MOV­ING HOUSE is one of the most stress­ful life events and much of the anx­i­ety lies in the wait­ing and in won­der­ing whether you will ac­tu­ally make it to the fin­ish­ing line.

Ac­cord­ing to a re­cent Which? Re­port, al­most a third of peo­ple have ex­pe­ri­enced a prop­erty pur­chase fall­ing through. The rea­sons typ­i­cally in­volved prob­lems with “the chain” with one in five buy­ers pulling out be­cause their own sale had fallen through. Over a third of deals col­lapsed be­cause the buyer pulled out, while 13 per cent of trans­ac­tions failed to com­plete be­cause the seller de­cided the process was tak­ing too long.

A scup­pered sale can be dev­as­tat­ing and it is al­most al­ways ex­pen­sive. The av­er­age amount lost in such a sit­u­a­tion is al­most £3,000. One way of min­imis­ing the stresses of buy­ing and sell­ing is to make your­self the end of the chain.

Mike McCarthy, who owns McCarthy’s Re­movals and Stor­age, which has self-stor­age cen­tres in Leeds, Har­ro­gate and Wake­field, says: “One way to avoid some of the po­ten­tial prob­lems is for peo­ple to sell their home and tem­po­rar­ily move in with fam­ily or into rented ac­com­mo­da­tion.

“Many choose fur­nished ac­com­mo­da­tion so they don’t have to move ev­ery­thing they own twice in quick suc­ces­sion. We of­ten get peo­ple mov­ing all their goods into stor­age in those cir­cum­stances so they can just keep what they need to hand while ev­ery­thing else is kept safely packed ready for when they com­plete on a pur­chase.

“We’ve been in busi­ness for over 40 years and we’re see­ing this hap­pen more and more, what­ever the mar­ket con­di­tions. If the prop­erty mar­ket is boom­ing it helps buy­ers be in a po­si­tion to make a quick of­fer. If it’s slow it means they are guar­an­teed a sale be­fore they fall in love with a new home.”

Even if the chain goes to plan, there can of­ten be cir­cum­stances where the dates can’t tie up.

Mike says: “Some­times there can be a day or two gap in the dates every­one is work­ing to­wards. We will fre­quently do a re­movals job and put ev­ery­thing straight into stor­age con­tain­ers, which are loaded by fork­lift truck into our lor­ries, taken to our se­cure stor­age fa­cil­i­ties and left sealed for the pe­riod of time needed. When the own­ers get the key to their new home we

UN­LOAD THE PROB­LEM: just load the con­tain­ers back on to a re­moval van, so for the home­owner it’s like ev­ery­thing has stayed safely on the van the whole time and the goods are only han­dled twice rather than four times.”

Newly-built prop­er­ties can also cre­ate is­sues. Although there is no up­wards chain, many new homes are bought off-plan and the com­ple­tion date can be de­layed.

If you are pack­ing up your home and look­ing to store your be­long­ings, here are some tips from the ex­perts at McCarthy’s.

Con­sider what you need your stor­age to pro­vide. Are you happy for your be­long­ings to be taken away and kept safely un­til you need them? Or would you like to have ready ac­cess to them? If you don’t need ac­cess, use a BAR ap­proved re­movals firm who can keep your be­long­ings safely in stor­age for as long as you need them and make sure the firm can be flex­i­ble if dates need to change. Ask them to seal the stor­age con­tain­ers in your pres­ence when they pack up your home and then there is no need for them to be re­opened un­til you get the keys to your new place.

If you re­quire ac­cess to your be­long­ings in be­tween the moves then opt for a self-stor­age so­lu­tion that suits your needs. Do you need 24-hour ac­cess? Do you want to be able to drive di­rectly up to your unit? Ask lots of ques­tions about se­cu­rity. Are there en­try pin codes to gain ac­cess to the stor­age build­ing and plenty of cam­eras? How does your unit lock? Can mem­bers of staff ac­cess your be­long­ings?

Size mat­ters. There’s no point pay­ing for more than you need or find­ing you have run out of space. Stor­age providers should be able to ac­cu­rately pre­dict what you need if briefed prop­erly.

Self-stor­age providers should be mem­bers of the SSA (Self Stor­age As­so­ci­a­tion).

If you’re us­ing self-stor­age, make the most of the space you hire. Pack items up to the ceil­ing and put so­fas and mat­tresses on end and re­mem­ber to la­bel things clearly.


Tem­po­rar­ily putting goods and pos­ses­sions into stor­age can help re­lieve the stress of buy­ing and sell­ing.

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