Storage – Hints & Tips

  • Carefully go through your belongings so that anything you are pretty sure you need while in storage doesn’t accidentally go into storage.
  • Anything that requires special care while in storage needs to be advised to your remover in writing before the move into store.
  • Prior to your move into storage clearly label any items that you don’t want taken into store and on the day of the move point out them out to the crew foreman.
  • If there are items that you may need access to while in storage mark them up and on the day of the move point them out to the crew foreman. Your remover may be able to place them in a position so that they are more easily got at later.
  • Talk to your remover about the storage insurance options they offer.
  • Ensure that you have a copy of the storage inventory form that will be completed by you mover.



There are four principle storage methods used by professional removers that are also recognised as insurable by specialist removal insurers.

Conventional storage

Conventional or loose storage is the traditional method whereby an area of flooring in the storage facility is sectioned off for each customer.

Wooden containerised storage

These containers are custom built to store furniture and documents and on average around 3 to 4 of them will have sufficient capacity for a 2 bedroom  house. They are for indoor storage.

Steel shipping containerised storage

These are large weatherproof containers normally 20 ft or 40ft long that have been specially insulated so that they are suitable for storage even when located in the open. 1 x 20 ft container would on average have sufficient capacity to provide storage for a 2 bedroom house.

Lock up room storage

This method requires no explanation as it is what it says.


Which option is best for you? 

I don’t favour any particular one of the four options as they all offer safe storage when managed professionally so my advice is talk to your remover about your storage requirements to ensure they can meet them. For instance will you need access to your goods while they are in store and if so how often?  

…and finally

  • Most removal and storage quotations do not include the charge for the move out of store.
  • Most removal companies will require at least 14 days notice of when you want to move out of store.
  • For security and insurance reasons you will need to be accompanied around a storage facility if you want access to your goods and a date and time will need to be pre-arranged.  Such visits are generally chargeable.
  • Talk to your remover about payment options for storage. For your convenience for long term storage you may wish to consider setting up a standing order.