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  1. How to choose the right size storage unit when you’re moving house

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    Moving house and wondering what size storage unit you need?

    At blue self storage we offer 4 different sizes of self storage units. You can pick from…

    • 48 sq ft – ideal for a garden shed
    • 64 sq ft – ideal for a 1 – 2 bedroom house or flat
    • 80 sq ft – ideal for a 2 – 3 bedroom house
    • 160 sq ft – ideal for a 3 – 4 bedroom house

    But there’s no need to stress if you book a self storage unit for a house move and it turns out too big or too small – if you want to downsize to a smaller unit or upgrade to a bigger one, it’s no problem at all.

    And our minimum length contract for a self storage unit is only one month, giving you ultra flexibility and ease.

    Self storage units at blue self storage - Cardiff and Tyneside

    How do I figure out what size storage unit I need?

    A quick rule of thumb is to think of a one-bedroom house as needing around 50 sq ft storage.

    Next, add between 30 and 50 sq ft for every extra bedroom.

    So for a 2 bed home, look at 80 sq ft. For a 3 bed house, around 130 sq ft.

    How do you store furniture in a storage unit?

    It’s super simple and we can help answer questions you might have. But here are a few pro tips on storing items:

    • Clean everything thoroughly
    • Dismantle furniture and large items if possible
    • Use draws and wardrobes to the max
    • Clean and wrap furniture for long-term storage
    • Box and label everything properly – don’t worry if you forget, we sell packaging on site!
    • You might want to raise furniture off the floor
    • Store TVs etc. in their original packaging if you still have it and fill gaps with bubble wrap or foam packing
    • Don’t cram stuff in

    What size storage unit do I need? Helpful guide from blue self storage

    What size storage unit do I need for a 1 bedroom apartment?

    Anything in the region of 50 to 65 sq ft is the ideal self storage unit for a 1 bedroom apartment.

    What size storage do I need for a 3 bedroom house?

    A self storage unit somewhere between 120 and 150 sq ft should hold the contents of a 3 bedroom house.

    How can blue self storage help you?

    Drop us a message on social media or over the phone if you’ve any questions around self storage and house moving. We’re a friendly bunch 😁

    029 20 361 361 (Cardiff)

    0191 258 0286 (Tyneside)

    Get in touch


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  2. Our top 10 things to remember when you’re moving home

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    Moving home is one of the most stressful life events – and an average person moving within the UK starts planning for their move a whole 4-6 weeks before ‘moving day’.

    With such an arduous process ahead of you, it’s essential to be organised and tick things off methodically, so there’s no extra stress and no need to rush.

    We’re exploring all the things to remember when moving house – for more help, check out our other advice articles.

    Important questions to ask the seller of your new home

    1. Where’s the main stopcock (to shut off the water)?
    2. Where are the gas and electricity meters?
    3. Do any surfaces need special cleaning products, e.g. wooden floors?
    4. What day are the bins collected?
    5. Do you have any old tins of paint in the same colour as the walls?
    6. Do you have any instruction manuals or warranties on electrical items?
    7. Where did the kitchen and bathroom tiles come from?
    8. Where did the fixed furniture come from, e.g., kitchen cabinets?
    9. Which company supplies the energy, broadband and home phone?
    10. Where is the thermostat?

    Redirect post - 10 things to remember when moving home

    Redirect the post

    If you don’t know who is moving into the property you are leaving, use the Royal Mail’s Postal Redirection service to ensure that any bills or other mail you’ve not changed your address on still reaches you. You can set up your redirect in advance of your moving day and for as long as you wish, although 6-12 months is usually sufficient.

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    Take final meter readings

    Remember to take water, gas and electricity meter readings at your property and notify your suppliers before you move, to ensure you don’t get billed for someone else’s usage.

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    Update your car details

    You will need to update the address on your driving licence, your car ownership certificate, and your car insurance, to ensure everything is sound on moving day.

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    Notify other companies

    As the big day draws nearer, you must also inform the HMRC, TV Licensing, banks, building societies and credit and store cards companies of your move to a new address, and of course the utilities – gas, electricity, water, phone, broadband and TV or on-demand subscription.

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    *Please remember to label all cute dogs…

    Label boxes

    Labelling boxes properly is actually one of the top things people forget when moving house – yet one of the most important! Always label your boxes in marker pen with the name of the room they are to be put in when unloading and what’s in itMark any box containing fragile items clearly as this will ensure the crew take extra care when loading and unloading it from the van, and mark anything that’s got priority items with ‘unpack first’.

    Put screws and bolts from bits of furniture in freezer bags and stick it to the relevant bit of furniture with masking tape.

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    Packaging materials

    Not using the right packing material can lead to a number of issues, the biggest one being risk of damage. Boxes that aren’t strong enough for their contents can easily collapse under the weight, or bin bags of clothes can tear open leaving your items at best scattered all over the floor and at worst broken or damaged.

    Other packaging material to remember to have at hand are bubble wrap, mattress covers, packaging tape and marker pens – all provided at blue self storage.

    We also sell used boxes for the discounted price of only £1, so you can save money and help reduce waste!

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    Contact all health services

    You’ll have to let any medical organisations you deal with know you’re moving as well. Make registering at your new local GP a priority, as there may be a delay in getting treatment when you first register. Also not forgetting to contact dentists, opticians and vets.

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    Collect all keys

    Make sure you check in advance with the owners of the house that you’re buying whether they have all the keys you’ll need on moving day. Don’t forget about things like sheds, conservatories, garages and garden.

    Once you’re in, it’s a good idea to get ALL of your locks changed. The previous owners might no longer have keys but you can never be sure who else has been given a copy over the years, and many insurance policies will be invalid unless the locks have been changed.

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    Preparing your home for the new owners

    It is very helpful if you prepare a briefing sheet for the new owner. This should include how to operate the boiler and alarm, the location of the meters, fuse box and stopcock, and any other information. You could either label all keys or leave them in the lock that they operate. Don’t forget shed and garage keys, or those for the window locks.

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    Give yourself a money makeover

    Moving house is the perfect time to assess your finances. You’ll be signing up to new services anyway, so could save £1,000s on your previous bills by ensuring you grab everything cheapest.

    If your property cost more than £125,000 (or £300,000 as a first-time buyer) you’ll have to pay your stamp duty bill within 30 days.

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