Moving homes can be tricky even when everything goes as you’ve planned. Things don’t always turn out the way you have planned in the life of course, and you may be moving abruptly. It may also be the case where you aren’t allowed to move into your property as you’ve planned due to unforeseen circumstances. Whatever the reason might be, you’re probably reading this because you’re considering an affordable storage option. We’ll help you pick out the right storage option for you as you move into or move out of St. Kilda Area. Unfortunately, there isn’t one magical equation, but we can advise you on some of the more important factors which will impact your moving and storage cost.
- Ask yourself, “Do I really need a storage option?”
- What’s the alternative?
- Saving money with storage.
- Future proof your storage hire.
Do you really need a storage option?
First thing first. Ask yourself this important question. “Do I really need a storage option?”
More often than not, you will find that you can do without renting a storage space. Self-storage options can become quite costly in St. Kilda. If you’re going with the traditional storage solutions you have got to sign up for monthly increments. For a single car carriage size in St. Kilda, it can cost you anywhere between $400-$650. That’s almost an entire moving bill in some cases. You could be doubling on your moving bill if you are caught off guard.
But you needn’t worry as there are other more affordable storage options such as $10 a day storage service from Easy Peasy Removals. Yes, you don’t have to get locked in with monthly subscription-based storage services, and yes, there are other options than paying hundreds of dollars. I think most people prefer to only pay for what they’ve used, rather than being locked into month-by-month contracts.
If you aren’t sure if you need to rent a storage space, here are four considerations that can help you decide whether you need to rent storage or not.
- Amount of items for storage.
- Duration of storage.
- Availability of preparation time.
- Distance between the two properties.
Amount of items for storage
This one is the most straightforward consideration of all. Simply put if you don’t have all that much to store, maybe you can work out an alternative solution. If you’re thinking of only storing a handful of boxes, a bar fridge and couch, it would be unwise to rent a storage space. On other other hand, if you’re moving into a small home and you have to store multiple large items and a large number of boxes, it may be a good idea to rent a storage space.
Duration of storage hire
How long do you need the storage space for?
If there’s some sort of a problem with the new home that you’re moving into so that you can’t move in for a day or two, perhaps you can contact your real estate agent or your buyer and see if you can work something out. If you have a good relationship with your agent or your buyer, and approach them with a “Hi, I could really do with your help, but it’s all up to you” attitude, you may be able to work something out without having to pay a fine or another week or month of rent. Even if you are talking about paying a day or two of rent, that’s going to save you the trouble of finding a storage company, hiring a space and moving items, and moving them at a later day.
On the contrary, if you’re needing a storage place for a duration larger than 3-4 months, perhaps you should find a different avenue than renting a storage space. Traditional storage can cost you in the thousands for 3-4 days of hire, depending on the size of the storage. Furthermore, if you’re needing to store a bunch of furniture and a leisure boat for a prolonged time, say something like 6 months because there just isn’t space in your new home, then the chances of the space that you didn’t have appearing out of anywhere in your home are slim to none. Instead of paying for renting space, and moving bills on top, sell them off, or give them away if you have to. Long run you’ll save a ton of cash this way. And of course, there is a way to make some cash on your unwanted items.
Availability for preparation time
Of course, you may not have the luxury of having a preparation time to downsize into a smaller home or an apartment. If you’ve got the time to move large furniture and items that you can’t fit into your new home you will benefit by avoiding the cost of renting storage spaces. However, If you’ve had no time to sell your items off in a timely manner, it might benefit you to rent a storage space and sell these items off. If you’ve got a grand piano, or a leisure boat or a pool table that you’re getting rid of, it might be worth a while for you to store these items and try to sell these items on a classified site, or even at your local pawn shop. Of course, it would be most optimal for you to sell these items off before you downsize, but you don’t always get the luxury of doing that because life throws curve balls all the time. You can read more about it here.
Distance between the two properties
One thing that people sometimes forget is the distance between the two properties. Let’s say that you’re downsizing interstate, It wouldn’t make sense for you to pay for interstate transport twice as the cost will be quite significant. If you can, you’re better off selling your items or even giving them away for free than paying for a storage rental and paying for your second interstate moving bill. You can always ship everything off the interstate, and then find storage space at your destination. This will almost always work out cheaper than moving twice but why pay for transport when you would end up just selling those items?
What is the alternative to storage?
There’s always an alternative to storage hire space and storing your items while you figure things out. Storage space around St. Kilda area isn’t exactly cheap. (Single car garage from a well-known storage service starts at $655 a month in St. Kilda) With that said, storage hire isn’t exactly cheap in Melbourne altogether. If you are lucky enough your friend or family may have spare garage space for you to use for a little while. Just make sure that you don’t leave your items for a period longer than what you have originally asked for. Your family and friends might be happy to take in your furniture and store them in their garage for a period of 3 or 4 months. (assuming they agreed from the first place) It’s in your best interest to pick the items up before the agreed time period is over. Perhaps your friend needs to move homes, or your pops planned a renovation. Even if there are no planned renovations or moves, your family or friends did you a giant favour, and the very least you can do is to honour your promise. If you have a great relationship with your neighbors, you can also ask your neighbors to store some of your items too. Of course, the same rule applies as asking your family and friends, always honour your agreed time period and don’t be a nuisance.
Different type of storage service offered by Easy Peasy Removals
- Firstly with Easy Peasy Removals storage services you won’t be forced into renting in monthly increments. Isn’t it weird that you’re somehow locked into renting spaces only in monthly increments even if you only need the space for two, three, or ten days?
- No need to fork out hundreds of dollars for a single-car-sized garage in St. Kilda. Yes, it can cost you anywhere upwards of $600 for a monthly rental of a single car size garage rental in St. Kilda. Easy peasy removals rate starts at $10 a day. If you need the storage space for 3 days, $30 is all it’s going to cost you, not $655.
- However, you won’t have 24 hours 7 days access to your storage. As you would with other storage service providers. This should be no problem unless you want to rent a storage space for months or years.
Sell your items
You can always sell your items off or even give them away. Moving can be costly, especially if you’re moving items that you don’t need or you are not using. Why pay for items to be moved when you aren’t going to have a need for the item? Why not turn the burden into cash? You can read more about how you can turn unwanted items into cash or read about how to be a minimalist so that you will save on moving bills. Selling does eat up a considerable amount of your time and effort. Sometimes you are better off just giving your items away or donating them. If you’d like to find out more about how you can save on moving costs by finding a cheap removalist in Melbourne, you can read up on our guide.
How to save money with a storage hire
Depending on your situation, you can save plenty of money by hiring a storage unit. Extreme weather, natural disasters, and contract issues can prevent you from moving into your new property. Unfortunately, most removalist companies are booked weeks in advance and it’s rare for you to be able to get an “Okay” from asking “Oh well the previous tenants haven’t moved out, can you come back tomorrow?” Instead of calling your move off, you can have your belongings moved to a storage facility closer to your new property. You may have to call your removalist again in the future but at least you’ve moved your items closer to your new property and you’ll be billed for a lesser amount. What about in the case of a natural disaster or extreme weather preventing you from moving your items into your new home? You’ve loaded your belongings to your truck, but due to bushfire, or flood, it has become impossible to complete the move. You can find a storage hire space nearby and drop the items off there for a later day.
You can hire a storage space on the spot as needed in extreme weather conditions. Alternatively, you can hire a company that offers a storage solution, to begin with, and you will have one less headache to deal with. Rather than storing items at a random storage hire place, you can choose to have your items stored at your removalists’ warehouse. It might end up a lot cheaper for you to have your items stored, then delivered from your removalist’s warehouse than for your removalist company to rock up to a third-party storage rental location. Simply put, having your items stored by your removalist company is future-proofing, because you know that you will definitely be completing your move. Easy Peasy Removals, offer a warehouse storage option where your items can be stored. Next time you are looking for a removalist, ask if they offer a warehouse storage option. If you’re in the St. Kilda area, this is great news for you because Easy Peasy Removals has a warehouse to store your items in the St. Kilda area, from as little as $10 a day! Why pay hundreds? When you don’t have to?
Storage hire isn’t going to solve all your moving problems. If not thought out carefully, it can end up costing you more to move in and out of the St. Kilda area. By considering and exploring your options you are better able to make a decision on whether you need a storage hire or not. There isn’t one general equation for calculating cost, so it will require a bit of thinking but in the end, it will all be worth your while. Contact us to help you to solve the problem with your storage hire.