How to use Self-Storage while renovating

Renovating may be cheaper than moving house!

Times are tough in NSW at the moment as the after-shocks of CV19 lockdowns hit the economy. You don’t need to look too far to see that businesses, big and small, are really struggling. This combined with all the doom and gloom in Europe has really knocked consumer sentiment. Many people have found this the perfect time to reassess their lives and consider how and where they really want to live, and many areas around Australia have seen massive residential change as an after-effect of this global pandemic. In some areas house prices have skyrocketed, while others have dropped through the floor, so it’s no surprise that many people are choosing to renovate and improve or enlarge their homes rather than sell and repurchase in the current market. This is also evident by the success of TV shows like “The Block” and “Dream Home Makeover”. A great renovation can deliver a fantastic change in lifestyle and a great price, if and when you eventually decide to sell.

renovatingOne of the first things you need to do when renovating is to create room to work while also providing protection for your existing furnishings and belongings. You may have even considered that it’s time to go up-market and buy new furniture and give the place a whole new look. Or you’ve decided to down-size and scale down to only keep the things you truly love and want to hand down to future generations. Either option, you’ll need to consider the implications of building works – the dust, the builders, the timber and plasterboard everywhere, the extra car parking on the lawn and garden, etc etc etc. How will you manage cooking and bathing and all the personal things you and your family take for granted every day?

Don’t Stress! The last thing you want is to stress! Renovating can actually be quite fun, just as long as you’re prepared. That’s where planning your self-storage can make life so much easier. If you’re planning on living in the house while you undertake the renovations, think about the areas in the house that you’ll be working on first. Plan which flooring and furniture should be moved to allow an easy path for the builders, all the way from the driveway. Those items should be stored first as they’ll be the last to be moved back into place once the renovations are complete.

Working your way backward through your building plan will give you great guidance on what and how to use self-storage to your advantage. Keep the most important items within easy access in your storage unit. It’s a bit like the game ‘TetrisĀ®’ – the puzzle game created by Alexey Pajitnov in 1984 through his love of puzzles. Packing furniture and personal belongings into a self-storage unit can be very much like a puzzle, but if you get it right, it can make life so simple while renovating. The most obvious things you’ll need while renovating, e.g. clothes, towels, kitchenware etc should be kept as handy as possible. Better still, if you can leave a pathway through your furniture and stored items, you’ll be able to access most things easily. Planning is really the key and self-storage just takes so much pressure off the whole family when renovations are underway.

So whether you live inner city or a rural area, most self-storage facilities can help with short-term or long-term storage while you renovate. Big Box Self Storage offers 7-day access and excellent security, so you have access to your goods when you need them whilst also being assured of their safety. We can also help with a free move-in trailer hire. Contact us for more information on how you can use Self Storage as part of your renovation plans.

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