Although the age of retirement continues to rise in the UK, most of us still like to imagine what we might do when we’re no longer at work. For some, retirement comes with a dream of moving abroad, while others can’t wait to settle down in one of Britain’s many coastal areas. In both cases, this requires moving home and downsizing to a smaller property. However, doing so can mean being left with a large amount of belongings that don’t fit into the new home - this is where self storage can come in useful.
Aside from a change in location, there are several other driving factors in downsizing for retirement. For starters, selling a large family home can free up some extra cash for other things, such as holidays.
Another reason is that smaller properties are a good option for people who have mobility issues. When we get older, stairs can become a problem, so many people will look for bungalows in their later years.
In addition, a smaller home is much easier to maintain. By taking on a smaller property, you’ll keep your independence without becoming overwhelmed by the amount of work that needs to be done. This is also true of the garden, as downsizing often means adopting a more manageable outside space.
It can be a difficult process to downsize and move all of your belongings into a new home, especially in your later years. That’s where self storage can help to ease the strain, and give you more time to sort through your items. But where do you start when preparing to use self storage?
We recommend working room by room, so that you can decide what you want to store and what you want to take with you. You should start with the spare rooms and spaces that you’ll no longer have in the new home, such as basements or garages. And remember that some items should just be thrown out or donated; you don’t want to store items unnecessarily.
Once you’ve decided what you’re going to put into self storage, you’ll need to prepare the items. Ensure that you have sturdy storage boxes and packaging materials for your belongings so that fragile items are protected; we offer a range of different packing materials online that suit all types of items. Boxes will need to be labelled correctly, with details of what each box contains. This will make things easier if you need to access the items at any point.
When choosing a self storage unit, it’s important to make sure it’s close to the area that you plan on moving to; this will ensure that you’re able to easily access it. If you’re moving abroad but would like a self storage unit in the UK, you could always choose one near a family member, so that they can access the unit on your behalf.
If you are looking for self storage in the South East, then Easistore can provide the perfect solution. We have a number of different storage units throughout the South East in a variety of sizes, so you don’t have to pay for more space than you need. Make sure you get in touch today.