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Self-storage has become increasingly popular of late with people from all walks of life hiring out extra space to keep their belongings. Companies such as Ready Steady Store offer a wide range of safe, secure units that are ideal for all kinds of items from household goods to sporting gear so let’s take a look at 10 reasons why you might need self-storage.

  1. To reduce the clutter in your home

According to research by The British Heart Foundation, 81 per cent of UK residents are self-confessed hoarders, stashing away, on average, 32 unused items worth £514. All of these extra belongings can leave your home looking cluttered, but if you can’t bear to throw things away, a storage unit might be the next best option.

  1. If you don’t have a garage

If you don’t have a garage at your property, a self-storage unit is a great place to keep everything from lawnmowers to household tools and bikes. It’ll save your living room getting clogged up with tools and as you can access most storage units 24/7 you can get hold of your property whenever you choose.

  1. When moving property

Moving house is often considered one of life’s most stressful events and while there are many ways to make the process easier, hiring a storage unit has to be one of the best. Not only does it allow you to pack up your house and store everything at your leisure but the extra space means you can unpack at a time that suits you without flapping around on moving day.

  1. If you’re in a transition period

Similarly, if you’re moving towns or changing jobs, a storage unit is a must – especially if you have to be out of an office or property by a certain date but don’t have a confirmed location to keep all of your things.

  1. During the summer at university

If you’re moving home during the summer but don’t want to bring all your study books and such like with you, hiring a small storage facility could be a sensible option as it’ll save you lugging everything from A to B and back again when term restarts.

  1. If you want to rent out your home

Renting your home is a great way to make money, but if you choose the unfurnished route, why not put all your valuables into a self-storage unit until you need them again? That way, tenants can buy/use their own furniture and you won’t have to worry about your items getting damaged.

  1. When redecorating

If you’re redecorating, you might need somewhere to put your things for a short period of time. Thankfully, many storage companies offer short-term leases making this the ideal option for you.

  1. If you’re going travelling

Going travelling for a long period of time? Then you might find it safer to put valuable items into a storage centre as many facilities are fully protected by 24-hour CCTV.

  1. When doing a house swap

These days, many people save money on holidays by doing a house swap. This, of course, means other people staying in your home for a while, so it’s worth using a storage unit to keep any valuables such as jewellery or expensive furniture and such like – just in case.

  1. For stock storage

If you run a small business, storage units are a great place to keep new stock and helping to keep your professional environment free from clutter. You could also use the extra space to do simple tasks such as packing up products or labelling items.

So there you have it – ten reasons why a storage unit could come in very handy.

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