Short Term Storage in London: Everything you NEED to Know (in 2019)

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Are you looking for short term storage in London?

Then you need to read these short term storage tips before you rent a storage unit.

If you want to find a secure and affordable short term storage solution in London, you need to read this guide.

And, let me clear about something: in here, you will find things NO ONE else will tell you.

Ready? Let’s dive right in!

Jump to the Section you Want:

Section 1: What is Short Term Storage?

Section 2: Short Term Storage Cost

Section 3: Short Term Storage Insurance

Section 4: What to Pay Attention to

Section 5: Before you Go!

Section 1: What is Short Term Storage?

First of all, I need to tell you what is short term storage.

As you already know, there are many short term storage solutions in London.

In fact, short term storage in London—and the UK, in general, is pretty common.

Most of them offer self-storage solutions, while others—like STORED offer door-to-door storage.

So, roughly speaking, there are two short term storage options:

    1. Self-storage
  1. Door-to-door storage

What’s the difference between the two?

Self-storage means that you are picking, packaging, moving and storing the items on your own.

Moving & Storage
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Sounds like a lot of work, right?

With door-to-door storage—on the other hand—you have someone:

    • Pick up the items for you,
    • Store them in a safe storage facility,
  • Get them back to you, when you need them.

I know this sounds better.

You can either choose self-storage or the solution that we (STORED.) offer.

Now, let me share with you the short term storage definition.

So, what is short term storage?

Short term storage is the process of storing items in a storage facility temporarily, and for a specific timeframe.

But, what are the reasons you may need to rent a short term storage unit?

To name a few:

    • You are between moves and need to store your items until you get to your new house,
    • You are actively searching for a new house, and need a place to store your items, while you are flat-sharing,
  • You need to travel abroad for three months and need a place to store your items until you get back.

At STORED, we consider every storage between:

    • 0-6 months to be short term storage, and
  • 6 months+ to be long term storage.

By the way, if you want to learn more about long term storage, make sure to take a look at this guide:

Long Term Storage in London: Price Comparison, Safety, Insurance & More

Now that you know what short term storage is let me tell you what is the cost of short term storage rental.

Section 2: Short Term Storage Cost

As promised, in this section I’ll talk about the short term storage cost.

Let me explain what the cost of short term storage with a simple example is.

Let’s assume that you consider moving with your family from a 2-bed apartment in East-West London, to a 3-bed apartment of the same area.

You have the following pieces of furniture that you need to store:

    • 1x fridge
    • 1x desk
    • 1x TV 43”
  • 1x office chair

And, you want to store these items for three months.

The cost of storage will be the following:

Short Term Storage Cost

If the cost for one month is £119.00, then the cost for three months will be £357.00.

Keep in mind that this cost changes if you are storing with us for more than six months.

The cost of short term storage is affected by:

    • The number of items you want to store,
  • The total time you want to store for,

In a city like London, there are many short term storage solutions you can choose from.

Not all of them are trustworthy, and this is why short term storage in London can often be a nightmare.

Note: For the storage cost calculation, we used STORED’s Storage Calculator.

Section 3: Short Term Storage Insurance

This one is important.

Most people who store for a short period, think they don’t need short term storage insurance.

But, this is wrong.

You see, most short term storage solutions don’t offer you storage insurance by default.

STORED is offering a £500.00 standard liability insurance to all people who are storing with us.

Storage Insurance bySTORED

This way, they feel confident with their short term storage rental.

So, regardless of the time, you are storing for and the value of the items, I recommend that you have storage insurance.

If the storage company you are thinking to hire is not clear as to what its insurance policy is, make sure to ask.

If you want to learn more about insurance in storage, you can visit the following guide:

Insurance for Items in Storage: 12 Things NO ONE Will Tell You

Section 4: What to Pay Attention to

There are some things you need to pay attention to when storing.

Here are the most important ones:

1) Cheap storage is not always the best

You know what they say: “You get what you pay for.”

That’s right, especially when it comes to storage.

Sometimes, it’s better to pay more for a better service, than pay less for “no service.”

Also, cheap in storage is subjective since there are hidden costs that you are probably unaware of.

2) A pickup and storage solution is a better alternative

Self-storage may be a trend nowadays, but let me share some thoughts with you:

    • What if the storage facility is far away from your house,
    • What if you can’t find a moving company to move your things,
    • What if you can’t access the self-storage facility whenever you want, AND
  • What if you have to pay when you have your items returned?

Pick up Moving Items

Well, you can save yourself from all this trouble by choosing a door-to-door storage solution like STORED.

A pick and storage company is always a better solution.  

3) The Storage Solution, Has to Offer Moving Services as Well

Storing items and moving is already stressful on its own.

Why not make it a bit easier for you?

I always recommend that a storage solution you are going to choose offers moving services as well.

This way, you will have one vendor to talk to and not many different vendors.

To put it simply: delivery AND storage companies are always the best.

4) Access to Self Storage

If you decide to use personal storage, it’s always good to check the times that the storage facility is open and accessible.

Remember: your convenience is above everything.

Storage Facility

So, you have to know that the schedule of the storage company fits your needs.

Of course, you don’t have such issues if you choose a door-to-door storage solution.

Let’s move on to the last one.

5) Make Questions & Ask For a Cost Analysis & Insurance Policy

I’ll keep this one short.

Always make questions for things that you don’t understand, and ask a break-down of the price quote that the company gives you.

Also, you have the right to ask an insurance policy, so that you can see what kind of insurance your items will have.

All in all, make sure that everything is clear before you hire a storage company.

Section 5: Before you Go!

So, there you have it.

Now you are a step closer to choosing the right short term storage solution for your needs.

Remember: the cost of short term storage is essential, but it’s NOT the most critical aspect when you want to rent a short term storage unit.

STORED. offers you only the best prices in London both for long term storage and short term storage.

If you have any other questions regarding short term storage, make sure to leave a comment below, or contact us at 020 3637 1234.

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Chris Ellsmore Head of Digital at STORED.

Author: Chris Ellsmore

Chris looks after anything to do with digital marketing, analytics & keeping you abreast of the goings on in the storage business!

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