Self storage has become increasingly popular in Oxford along with the rest of the UK. The overruling motive behind this may not be completely obvious; perhaps we are collating a larger array of personal belongings that we don’t want to part with, maybe it’s the clean and crisp contemporary designs more evident within our homes that don’t quite allow for clutter. Thankfully there are many secure self storage units available for us to fill; here are the top 5 reasons self storage is used in Oxford:
- You’re an international student (or you live quite far away!)
There is a vast student population in the UK with over 1,000,000 people currently enrolled on either a full or part time university course. As Oxford has two universities to offer it is no wonder that self storage units are often hired by university students over the summer break. After all when you have to fill every nook and cranny of two cars to transport your belongings between your uni town and your home town it’s not a task you wish to carry out on an annual basis. Now think of how expensive all the extra baggage would be for international students to cart home.
- You’re moving house
Reports clearly display that a cluttered house is much more difficult to sell than one that has just enough stuff to make it appear homely. Therefore many people trying to move house begin their packing a little early and remove any unnecessary items before the house goes onto the market, keeping them in a self storage unit until they are ready to unpack them into their new home. Breaks in a moving chain also leave certain individuals needing to store larger items such as furniture until they acquire a new property. Luckily most storage establishments provide a vast range of unit sizes so you can choose the one that is most appropriate.
- You just don’t have enough space!
Storage units are increasingly filled by devoted hoarders that can’t seem to part with old items such as school books or their kid’s first pair of shoes. Now recent studies have actually suggested that hoarding to a certain extent is quite healthy due to the nostalgia and happiness connected to the collected items. So keep on hoarding and be thankful there is somewhere to put it all! Others may be brutal when it comes to keeping unused items but still do not have enough space to store less frequently used items. For those who have any seasonal belongings such as skiing equipment or garden furniture; self storage seems to be the perfect solution for many Oxford residents.
- You need a secure space to store important archived documents.
Small to medium sized businesses often use self storage units to keep important documents that can’t be thrown away for legal reasons but are no longer required in the office. This allows for a much clearer work environment free of huge filling cabinets.
- You need to store a temporarily unused vehicle.
Some self storage facilities in Oxford now also provide larger units for vehicle storage. They are commonly used by those who are in the process of selling or buying a new car or van and are in need of secure off road parking during the process. Others place their vehicles into storage units on a more long term basis when they move away to study or travel.