In this article, we will discuss the ins and outs of selling and storing your items before a big move.
Are you currently considering moving house? Perhaps you have already got the ball rolling but would like some quick tips on how to pack? We have a number of articles on the essentials when it comes to moving, selling and storing your items. Here, we will outline how to effectively pack, sell and store all those things that take up space within your home.
Selling and Storing: First Things First
When it comes to either moving home or simply storing your goods in a storage facility, the principle is the same. You must declutter. Let’s assume you are indeed moving house. It is near on impossible to take everything with you. You certainly could if you really wanted to. However, you may find you don’t even have room for it in the new house. And there’s nothing better than a fresh start in a new home with only the essentials. Here are some suggestions for trimming down on some of that extra house fat.
Selling and Storing: Essentials Only
Start by eliminating things you rarely or never use. Try to be objective. If you haven’t used it in six months, are you really going to use it? Be black and white about it. Try to remove the sentimentality from these items for a second. If you don’t use it or don’t need it, you already know the answer. Avoid unnecessarily high storage and/or transport costs by only packing what you need and can’t replace. We’re all a bit sentimental to some degree, so allow yourself to keep some items for nostalgia. However, we can also go a bit over the top with trinkets and things which we barely pick up unless we’re moving it around the house from time to time. This can lead to a more expensive quote from removals and storage companies due to the weight or volume. We recommend trimming the fat before you’ve even packed a box!
Selling and Storing: Out With The Old, In With The New
If you are indeed moving to a new house or even a new country, it could be an option to just buy new furniture. Keep your transport or storage costs low by selling your old furniture and putting the money towards new ones. You can buy affordable furniture from IKEA for instance which will be flat packed for your convenience.
Selling and Storing: Boot It!
Have you considered a boot sale? This is still a common way to get rid of those unwanted items that may be of some value to someone else. Be prepared though, there is an art to holding a boot sale. Things to consider are being willing to travel and to get up early. Some boot sellers are up as early as 4:00 in the morning to get started! It’s also a good idea to get a friend or family member to help. If you need to use the toilet, there’ll be someone at your stall. It also helps to have an extra pair of eyes in case of thieves (it happens).
Selling and Storing: Prepare
Prepare yourself by collecting boxes and packing materials. These days, you can find affordable packing materials online with options to choose your size and dimensions. For your convenience, you could order the same size boxes which will help you when it comes to stacking and transporting. If you don’t wish to buy boxes and want to source them elsewhere, you could ask local shops. Most stores recycle their cardboard, but be quick! The employees may break these cardboard boxes up when they recycle them. Call around or keep an eye on local deliveries. You could ask the manager a convenient time for you to collect any unwanted cardboard. It will save them a job in the long run, so they may be more than happy to do so!
Selling and Storing: Hand Me Downs
It is a good chance you may know someone who needs what you don’t. If this is the case, invite them round to look at anything you don’t want. You could host a “packing party” with some friends. As they help you pack, you can point out any items you don’t want and offer them up. It could be a good idea to make a list of things you are selling and storing so that you can keep track. Organise the things you will need immediately, the things you don’t need at all and the things you definitely would like to hand down to friends or family.
Selling and Storing: Charity Shops + Auction Houses
Another option would be to donate to a charity shop. This is a cyclical thing that will always be beneficial to both parties. People are in need and you are also in need of getting rid the extra goods. Charity shops are a useful option as they are selling and storing many different donated items. It is worth noting that charity shops rarely accept donations of electrical goods, advice books, second hand safety devices such as bike helmets, car seats or pushchairs. They also will not accept fur or damaged clothes. In a similar vein, you can inquire at a local auction house what they will take off of you to auction off. Each auction house will take a cut but the rates vary. You never know, you may have a few items worth auctioning off. A bonus of this is, whatever the auction house doesn’t sell, they will dispose of it themselves. Just be sure to ask if this is a service they provide as some may not.
Selling and Storing: The Power of The Internet
With the power of the internet, selling your unused household goods couldn’t be easier. Before the internet, you were limited to only a number of options above. These days, you can create an eBay account and have an online boot sale right from the comfort of your home. Other useful selling sites include dePop, Amazon and Craiglist. If you’re one of the one billion users on Facebook, you can search for local buying and selling groups in the search bar. These groups are usually categorised by location so simply search for your local area with the word “selling” and you should find plenty of groups to join. Remember to include accurate photographs of the items you want to shift. Nobody will show interest or interact with you if they can’t see what it is you’re selling. Another tip for selling online would be to frequently revise your prices. If you’re seeing a lack of interest, perhaps the price is too high for that item.
Self Storage vs Private Storage
In this section, we will compare the pros and cons of self storage and private storage. It is good to know the benefits and pitfalls of the two before rushing into an agreement with a storage company. We also think this will give you more of an advantage when it comes to selling and storing household goods before a move.
In recent years, there has been a boom in self storage companies. By design, the idea is to make it easy and efficient for the customer and give them 24 hour access if required. Most, if not, all self storage facilities are equipped with secure locks, CCTV surveillance, fire and security alarms. This gives you, the tenant, peace of mind when leaving your items in self storage. You typically have your own key and can come and go as you please. A convenient option that private storage doesn’t offer. So, should you need to access old documents for instance, you can simply turn up and let yourself in to your storage unit. Providing you turn up in respect of the opening hours of the facility, of course. Even though it is regarded as a do-it-yourself storage option, it is generally more expensive than private storage. You are also in charge of loading and unloading your goods with no help from the storage company.
- Accessible without an appointment
- More freedom with how things are packed
- You will have to find transportation for your goods
Private Storage can often be more convenient in the fact that your items are picked up, loaded, transported and unloaded at the storage depot by the company. Most private storage companies offer a packing service. This can also help to reserve space so you get more bang for your buck than a self storage unit. Usually, if a customer would like access to their goods, it’s by appointment only. A small access fee is common in this case. Regardless, the private containers are generally stored in a temperature controlled environment. The goods are packed, wrapped and stacked professionally by the company. Despite all of this, it is generally more affordable to opt for private storage than it is self storage. When it’s time for the goods to be shipped, the company will professionally unpack and unwrap the items and send them to where the customer has instructed.
- Packing Service
- Collection & Delivery Service
- More affordable than self storage
- Access is by appointment only – you don’t have your own key