Land: they're not making any more of it (unless, of course, you count Hawaii's volcanic islands which makes new bits of itself as one of your places of residence).
In London, not surprisingly, your flat or house might be crammed to the proverbial rafters with the stuff accumulated over the years. For comparison, the average UK home - including older and new-build properties is 85 sq m and has 5.2 rooms. As we know, in the ‘right’ postcodes, in London, studios not much bigger than a monk’s cell can be a faintly eye-watering amount.
If ‘shoebox’ is the norm, you're faced with a choice: live in clutter or pay steep prices for a storage unit. How steep? Well, that's what we're about to try and find out, as we seek out a budget storage unit.
Shurgard, who have locations littered around London and the South East of England, make impressive claims, with an offer running until to the 31st December 2018 foor new customers: only £1 to pay for first month's rental of a storage unit based on 10 square foot. This is essentially a narrow closet, good for holding a stack of up to 10 medium size boxes (vertical stacking not recommended by fragile items and glasswear!). With Shurgard, there's no minimum length on the stay, but this price does exclude admin fees -- £15 when you sign your first contract.
As you might expect, their prices vary by size, location, and those hard-to-come-by online specials. It pays to act at the right time, and in the right location. Seen calculating an average price will be elusive, but their banner does not include 'best price' for marketing spin alone.
For example, based on the postcode ‘W4’, close by to our very own Gago offices, we found Shurgard Gypsy Corner near White City offering:
10 square foot £8.08 / week Online Special (Normally £10.52 / week)
15 square foot £9.69 / week Online Special (Normally £12.74 / week)
20 square foot £14.08 / week Online Special (Normally £18.55 / week)
30 square foot £17.54 / week Online Special (Normally £22.98 / week)
These prices should only be taken as an indication but are by far the cheapest we’ve seen, bar Storing.com, who are also very, very good.
The only feasible cheaper alternative would be a favour from a friend, to store at theirs – who said we don’t have good ideas?
Big Yellow Self-Storage is just as worthy, however. At the time of writing, November 2018, they offer 50% off for the first eight weeks -- good for quick home movers -- and a price-matching promise. The terms and conditions are worth examining.
For comparison, Gago Movers Ltd., a currently small-time but reliable and rated player in the world of London’s storage offer a partnership with Big Red Storage offer
· 15 sq ft (3 ft x 5 ft x 10 ft) - £15.69/ week
· 20 sq ft (3 ft x 6.5 ft x 10 ft) - £20.08/ week
· 30 sq ft (5 ft x 6 ft x 10 ft) - £25.00/ week
· 50 sq ft (6.3 ft x 8 ft x 10 ft) - £30.00/ week
· 100 sq ft (8 ft x 12.5 ft x 10 ft) - £50.54/ week
· 200 sq ft (13 ft x 15 ft x 10 ft) - £125/ week
While we can’t offer some of the large discounts that economies of scale can offer, we promise to do our best to offer you the best possible price match based on a house move and storage together. We’re always looking to do more and be more.
That’s another reason to go Gago.
The No.1 priority – and the single most important task - is the correct labelling of all boxes. By clearly and visibly marking each box with “all the contents inside” and “the name of the room they are to be placed in” at your new home, you will avoid panic and confusion - and speed up the entire removal process. A further vital tip is to clearly mark any box containing “fragile” items, as well “unpack first” for priority items. Our aim is to make your moving day as stress-free as possible, and our team personnel know they need to take even extra care with items marked fragile during loading and unloading.
It’s vitally important to use the right packing material or risk causing damage. A box which is not strong enough to carry the weight of its contents can easily collapse or a bin bag containing clothes can simply tear open. Boxes or bags also need to be sealed properly to protect against adverse weather conditions on moving day. At your request, our removals personnel can be directly involved in the secure packing of all of your home contents with all the necessary packing materials provided at a competitive rate.
The logistics of removals is as much a science as it is a physical activity. Essential pre-planning should involve accurately calculating the number of journeys it will take to completely remove everything. This will require determining the volume of contents against how many boxes needed. Gago Movers can help with the logistics of content assessment to ensure the most practical, efficient and cost-effective removal journey time.
With all the focus on the ‘big’, the ‘precious’ or other special household items, it’s easy for everyday objects to be overlooked because they were hidden at the back of a drawer or cupboard. Before leaving for the last time, it is always recommended to carry out a walk-through accompanied by a senior Gago team member. The task will involve not just a quick glance in every room, but actually opening all cupboards and drawers and even checking for any items still hanging on the walls, such as a clock. A check must also be made in the attic, the cupboard underneath the stairs, the garage and even the garden shed.