Removals and Storage. Tips to help you choose the best option in Melbourne.

Last Updated on June 1, 2023 by Vlad Stoikovich

Removals & Storage Tips:

So you need a removals and storage service. There are so many options out there these days that the choice and variety can be overwhelming. In this blog article we are going to examine the offerings and hopefully assist you to find the right match for your needs.

  1. Self Storage:

    The largest and most popular for of storage. You get the advantage of your own, secure, self contained unit  in a larger building. Advantages include: good loading access, use of large storage trolleys,  a manned reception and sales area in case you have any queries or need to purchase consumables such as boxes, tape or furniture protectors. Perhaps the most convenient factor is the fact you can typically get 24 hour access to your goods with after hours pin numbers. On the other hand you may not feel comfortable with other people having access to the same building 24/7. Although Self Storage charge by the month costs are reasonable, you may end up paying more for the move in and move out costs when compared with mobile or on demand storage.

  2. Mobile Storage:

    These are storage modules and containers that are delivered to your door and stay onsite at your property. A great option if you have the room, very popular with those renovating and builders. Conveniently you can load these units yourself, and save money on hiring removalists. However, considering the size of most front yards is shrinking these days, you may be limited by the size of storage module that can stay onsite and thereby how much you can store. In some circumstances it may not be suitable having an unsightly large container on your front lawn, eg. if you are de-cluttering and opening up your house for inspection.

  3. On Demand Removals and Storage:

    This is when companies bring modules or containers to your home, load them onsite and then take them away again for safe storage. Many removalists will now offer this service this is a great removals and storage option. Some argue that this streamlined way of moving furniture is the most cost effective, because, it cuts down on double handling. So you get to save money both on the move into storage and the re-delivery out of storage. So what are the options. Shipping containers of 20 foot (33 cubic metres volume) or 40 foot(67 cubic metres volume) are great if you have large loads to store, however, these options can be rather bulky and access may be difficult in tight or narrow streets. Also you typically pay for a whole container, even though you might only take up half of the space. Timber storage modules of between 8 to 10 cubic metres are also a good option. Being timber these crates are breathable so you valuables wont get stuffy. Also because of their smaller size you only pay for what you need, so in some respects they are better value for money.

We hope that you have enjoyed our articles on the different Removals and Storage options out there in the Melbourne market. Be sure to call HomeMove if need guidance or a stress-free move and store. To learn more about how we move and store your valuables watch this video.

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Removals and Storage FAQs

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Yes, typically you cannot store perishables, hazardous materials, illegal goods, or live animals. It’s best to check with the specific storage facility for their list of prohibited items.

First, estimate the volume of your items. Then, discuss your needs with the storage company. They can provide guidance on the appropriate size based on the volume and type of items you need to store.

You can check their online reviews, ask for references, and check if they are accredited by relevant organizations. Companies with good reputations will typically be reliable.

Location can be quite important, especially if you need regular access to your items. A facility closer to your home or office will save travel time and provide convenience.

Yes, insurance is important to protect your items during the moving and storage process. Check if the company offers coverage or if your items are covered by your home insurance policy. If not, consider purchasing third-party insurance.

Consider the location, security measures, access hours, climate control, and size options. Also, check the terms and conditions of the storage agreement.

Climate-controlled units maintain a consistent temperature and humidity level, which can help protect sensitive items such as antique furniture, electronics, or documents from damage due to temperature extremes or moisture.

A secure storage facility should have features like CCTV cameras, individual unit alarms, secure locks, gated access, and possibly on-site personnel.

Look for transparency with no hidden fees. Some companies might offer a low upfront cost but have additional charges for services like packing materials, long-carry fees, or stair fees. Make sure to understand what’s included in the quote.

Look for a company with a solid reputation, proven track record, and positive customer reviews. Also, consider their range of services, pricing, and whether they have insurance to cover potential damages during the move.

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