Storage Moving: Tips for Storage When Moving House

Last updated: December 5, 2019

If you are moving house, you may not want to move all your furniture abroad. You might need storage when moving your belongings. Read on for our top tips on storage when moving house!

1. Find out the different types of storage

In general, there are two main types of storage you can choose from: storage provided by a moving company or self-storage. You can often also choose between indoor and outdoor storage units. Outdoor storage is often cheaper and larger, but you must consider whether your items will suffer damage being outside.

  • Storage with Moving Companies

If you using a removal company, it is likely that they will be able to offer you storage as an extra service. The benefit of this is that it is very easy : the mover will do everything for you. When you want your items in your new house, the removal company will deliver them for you. Often this option is more expensive than self-storage, but it is undoubtedly more convenient.

  • Self-Storage

A cheaper option is to use self-storage. This normally means you can store things yourself in a storage facility and pick them up within access hours, although it should be noted that there is normally a minimum rental period of one month. Examples of self-storage companies in Australia include:

2. Research storage moving costs

If you are using the storage services provided by your mover, only they can give you a direct moving quote that will include the cost of storage. However, if you decide to use self-storage, the price will vary depending on the size of the storage unit. Use our furniture volume calculator to figure out how much storage you need! Below we have outlined the average storage costs in the biggest cities in Australia:

Storage Size

(m3)

Cost per Month
MelbourneSydneyPerth
Small$100.00$230.00$160.00
Medium$150.00$270.00$300.00
Large$270.00$350.00$400.00

3. Decide what you want to store

When you are packing for moving house, make a list of what items you need with you, and what can go into storage. Remember that some of your priorities will be seasonal, e.g. you won’t need winter clothes in summer. You should also check with the storage unit if there are any restricted items, for example, you normally cannot store perishableslive animalshazardous materials or unregistered materials.

4. Use the correct moving boxes

Typically you’ll need one large moving box for every 4 medium boxes. Use the smaller boxes for heavy items such as books and dishes. You should actually use the large boxes for lighter items such as bedding, blankets and linens.

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5. Pack smart

When packing your boxes to move into storage, you need to ensure that they do not weigh more than you can comfortably lift. This means making sure that the box retains its normal shape and is not overflowing. Otherwise, you will not have stable boxes for stacking. This way, your possessions are less likely to get damaged.

6. Label everything

It may be months or even years before you see your belongings again, so labelling everything is a must. Remember, it’s always best to stay organized. We also recommend that you have ‘this side up’ labels to avoid damaging your items when they are moved.

7. Buy tape – lots of it!

Do not underestimate how much tape you will need! Tape is a vital tool to keep everything safe, and you will definitely need it when protecting your belongings in storage!

What Next?

We hope you now have an overview of how to move your house into storage. Want to read more advice on moving house?  Take a look at our other articles from Sirelo: