Removal Company Storage Costs (Updated in 2022)
Removal companies offer temporary storage services to make moving your home or business easier and less stressful. While self-storage may seem like the cheaper option, there are many benefits to professional storage services. Doing some research is critical if you want to get the best price for storing your furniture during a move.
Moving companies’ storage costs depend on the length of time you need your items stored and the size of the unit you require. On average, it costs £920 to keep the contents of a 3-bedroom home for one month. This excludes the removal and transport costs and the cost of packing materials.
Depending on the type of furniture you are storing, you may need to pay extra for a climate-controlled storage unit. Some moving companies offer portable storage containers, so you can keep your furniture right next to your new home. Here, we break down the cost of all the different storage options so that you can make an informed decision.
What Do Removal Companies Charge For Storage?
There are a handful of factors that furniture removal companies consider when quoting clients for storage services:
- The number of things that need to be stored
- How long do items need to be stored for
- The type of storage you require – climate controlled or not
- Whether your furniture requires storage covers for protection
Removal companies generally charge about £70 per week for full house storage for a 1-bedroom house. For a 3-bedroom house, the cost is around £230 per week. This excludes the cost of removal and transport.
Long-term storage is more expensive than short-term because you will be occupying the storage facility for longer. Storing the contents of a 1-bedroom house for a month costs about £115, whereas the contents of a 3-bedroom house costs £920 to store for a month.
Certain types of furniture, like metal, wooden, and upholstered items, need to be stored in a climate-controlled unit because changes in temperature and humidity can damage them. Electronics also require climate-controlled storage.
A climate-controlled storage unit is more expensive than a regular one. The prices of such units vary significantly between removal companies, so it is best to get at least 3 quotes.
Removal companies can provide you with storage covers for your furniture if you are storing it long-term. Covers will keep dust and dirt off your belongings while they are in storage. The cost is £20 per cover.
Removal Storage Vs Self-Storage
When it comes to storing your furniture during a move, there are two possibilities: using the removal company’s storage service or self-storage. There are advantages and drawbacks to both of these options.
Self-storage is much cheaper than removal storage, but this excludes the cost of packing and transport. When you self-store, you need to do everything the removal company does yourself. This can be difficult if you have large, bulky items and no van.
On average, a 50 square foot self-storage unit costs about £23 per week and £100 per month. A 75 square foot unit costs around £34 per week and £150 per month. A 100 square foot container costs £46 per week and £200 per month. A 125-150 square foot container costs £70 per week and £300 per month.
The size of your house is a good indication of the size of the storage unit you need. A 1-bedroom flat typically needs about 50 square feet of storage space. A 2-bedroom flat usually needs 75 square feet. A 2-bedroom house requires 100 square feet, and a 3-bedroom house needs 125-150 square feet of storage space.
The Benefits Of Removal Storage
While at first glance, self-storage looks like the better, cheaper option, you need to consider the benefits of having a professional team transport and store your home contents.
The number one benefit of choosing a removal service with storage over self-storage is transport. The biggest hassle with self-storage is making multiple trips to and from the storage unit in your car. It’s even worse if you don’t have any family or friends around to help.
Moving companies have the equipment and skills required to quickly, safely, and efficiently move a large load. Large items, like mattresses and kitchen appliances, can be difficult to handle, and you can hurt yourself trying to load and offload them
Removal companies have their own insurance to protect your items while they are being transported and stored. If you break fragile items or drop boxes while moving your stuff into self-storage, you will probably have to replace broken items at your own cost.
When you get a removal company to handle everything from packing to storage, you do not have to endure the stressful task of moving your furniture yourself. It can save you from taking time off of work to move.
If you consider the extra fuel costs involved with self-storage, as well as the financial liability if items are damaged, you may actually save money hiring a removal and storage service.
Portable Storage Solutions
Certain moving companies give you the option of hiring a portable storage unit. They help you pack and store your home contents and then transport the whole unit to your new location. You can take your time moving and unpacking your stuff into your new house without having to drive back and forth from a self-storage facility.
This service does come at quite a hefty price, depending on how long you want the storage container and how far it has to be transported. You are looking at about £1500 to £3000 for the initial packing and transport of the container, and then £70 to £150 per month thereafter.
Removal company storage costs in the UK vary based on the amount of storage space you require and how long you need the storage unit for. Moving companies all provide free quotes, so be sure to get as many as possible to get the best price.
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