Renovating can be a stressful process but the end result is worth it. Before you even begin taking the tools out and letting contractors into your home, you need to plan how you will clear out your space to create a work zone for your tradies for the next few weeks.
Keep in mind, preparing for renovations is the same as preparing for a move. You will need to dismantle furniture, pack up personal items into boxes and move them to another location.
But which location should you move them to? It really depends on your situation, but here are some of our ideas on great storage options while renovating.
If you are fortunate enough to have a large enclosed garage, then this is the perfect place to temporarily store your furniture. The great thing about keeping your furniture and boxes within your home means it is easy to access your belongings, especially if you’ve accidentally packed that document that you thought you wouldn’t need!
The downside is that your car has just lost its home and it’s back to icy windscreens in the winter time if you live in Melbourne. There’s also the chance of critters and crawlers roaming through your grandma’s antique dresser.
Place some tarp or furniture blankets on your garage floor before placing your furniture on top. This will help minimise the damage to the bottom of your furniture and also prevent any scratches occurring on your garage floor. You can also elevate your furniture by placing them on pallet racking within your garage.
Your Spare Room
If you are doing a small renovation of just your master bedroom or another room in your house, then placing all your master bedroom furniture in the spare room is the perfect solution. You will also have the benefit of keeping your furniture indoors so it is nice and clean and easily accessible. We do recommend you to dismantle all large furniture items to ensure you can get the most space out of your spare room. But if you are renovating your whole house, then this option may not work for you.
Your Family Or Friends Premises
If you have a family member or friend who has a spare garage, shed or enclosed area for storage, then this is now the time to hit them up. It’s a bonus if they live close by as well. You can reimburse them with money, a slab of beer or an IOU.
Putting your belongings offsite allows you to continue living normally instead of filling it up with clutter. But it may be a bit difficult accessing your belongings as you need to find a time that suits both parties.
You can also place your items in a local self storage during your renovation. Most self storage facilities accept short and long term storage so it doesn’t matter how big or small your renovation is.
You can move your belongings to the self storage yourself by hiring a truck or van, or you can engage professional removalists to help you move everything for you.
You also need to consider the double handling required to store your items in self storage. They need to be loaded from your home and unloaded into storage, and then loaded again from storage and unloaded back again to your newly renovated home.
Self storage facilities have designated opening hours and may charge for you to access your belongings, but they are a safe and secure way to store your items.
Mobile storage has gained popularity for short and long term storage over the past few years and it is no surprise why. It is the perfect storage solution for storage when renovating.
MetroBOX offers full-service mobile storage. Full-service storage means we handle it all – the moving and storage.
1. We deliver your storage units to your home for free.
2. Our professional removalists help you load your storage units at an affordable fixed price.
3. You lock your storage units with your free padlock and key.
4. We take it away to be stored at our clean, modern storage facility.
5. We return your storage units to your home for free when your renovation has been completed.
6. Our experienced movers help you unload your storage units and place all your belongings into your new home in the position you would like.
You can access your belongings for free 6 days a week and only you have access to your keys to your storage units. We also have 24/7 CCTV monitoring so you can rest easy knowing your belongings are safe and sound.
Storing furniture is often deemed as the painful part of renovation so we hope some of these ideas will help you embark on your rocky road of renovation!