Moving to another country is one of the most exciting things you’ll ever do! New sights, new adventures, new friends…

However, moving abroad is also challenging, so it’s normal to feel overwhelmed, from the idea of going to a country where you don’t speak the language fluently to the fact that you won’t see your family or friends for a long time.

While we can’t help with that, we can certainly minimise your stress by providing you with the self-storage you need to make the move. With a storage unit, the process is sure to run smoother, allowing you to focus on the nitty-gritty of what’s to come instead of worrying about your belongings.

So, how can Smart Storage help?

Perfect for Temporary Relocations

Our services are suitable for both short-term and long-term storage, so you can stay for as long as you need. In fact, our flexible agreements start as low as 7 days, so you only pay for what you use.

For anyone seeking a temporary arrangement (perhaps you’re taking a gap year abroad or, maybe, you’ve taken on an overseas gig that will last a few months, for example), you’ll be pleased to know that we can easily hold your belongings and they’ll be waiting safe and sound for your return.

Our units are clean, modern and secure, and we have 24/7 surveillance on the premises, individually alarmed units, lockers and PIN numbers, and other safety measures in place.

Peace of mind is invaluable, and so are your possessions, so you can be confident that we’ll take good care of them. If you need student storage while you study abroad or go about exploring the world, we’ve got you covered.

Reduces Your Stress Levels

As mentioned, packing your belongings into boxes and getting ready to move overseas can be daunting, but this is where self-storage shines.

You don’t have to worry about finding somewhere safe to keep your stuff because we already provide the perfect place with our many units and great customer service. What’s more, we’re on hand to answer all your questions and put your mind at ease about anything you may worry about, so talk to us at any time.

Also, why not use our space calculator to figure out the exact amount of space you need to store your stuff? This way,  you won’t end up paying for space you don’t use.

With our domestic storage and business storage services – at competitive prices, we might add – you can say goodbye to stress. Focus on everything you still need to do before moving abroad, and let us handle the rest.

Allows You to Move Gradually

This is another benefit of using self-storage units when looking to move to a different country. This is because you can’t simply pack some bags and leave – you probably have one- or two-bedroom’s worth of furniture (or more), seasonal items that can’t stay where they are, valuables you don’t want to leave in your home, clothing you can’t take with you, and so on.

By renting a self-storage unit, you can start to move things around gradually while preparing for the big day. Once it arrives, you just have to get on that plane or train and take off with the excitement of a new adventure in mind, instead of being concerned or apprehensive.

Storage Hacks to Make Sure You’re Prepared!

Are you ready for the move? These handy tips will help you to breakdown what you need to do while packing your life into boxes:

Do a Clear-Out First

The best way to make sure that packing and moving go smoothly is to tidy up everything or do a clear-out. This way, you don’t have to pay more for storage for items you no longer need or want, for instance.

Anything that doesn’t have any economic or sentimental value, can be decluttered out of your home. You can opt to donate these items to charity, rehome them with friends, family or neighbours, or sell them to make additional funds for your trip.

Know How to Store Your Belongings

When you’re preparing your items for storage, it pays to know how to store them all. Heavier boxes should be at the bottom, appliances should always be stored upright, and glassware should be cocooned in bubble wrap.

You’ll also want to make the most of the storage space you rented, so use every nook and cranny and avoid having your unit look like a hard Tetris level. If you have to, dismantle your furniture to save space.

Avoid Storing Certain Items

It can be tempting to put everything in storage, but make sure to avoid certain things, such as perishables and chemicals. This will ensure the safety of everyone around – as well as the safety of the objects in the unit.

Be Mindful of Humidity

No matter how clean and ventilated storage units are, it’s still important that you consider the possibility of humidity when storing your items. To minimise it, don’t stack your furniture on top of one another, for instance, and avoid putting stuff directly against walls, which will help keep everything ventilated.

Use the Right Packing Boxes

Specific items can significantly benefit from the right packing boxes too. Fragile objects like mirrors, for example, need sturdy boxes to ensure nothing gets damaged during the move or while in storage. The same is true for your clothes, furniture, books and electronics.

Our box store has it all, including cardboard boxes for every possible item, tape, labels, markers, padlocks and bubble wrap, so you don’t have to stop moving your things into storage to go to the shops and buy more tape or even boxes.

Get a quote today and book a storage unit in preparation for your move abroad. We can also be reached on 0808 163 4754, so ring us if you have any questions – and let us help you during this new and exciting stage of your life!