It is not unusual for an international move at one point or another to involve storage. For example, long term storage may be required when someone lets out their home while being posted abroad to furnished rented accommodation or short term storage is needed in the UK or overseas due to a new home not being ready on time. It is advisable to check for secure and well maintained premises where the items will be stored.
Furthermore, a reputable company will provide features to protect various special items from the effects of storage, such as purpose-built racks or storage containers for soft furnishings, upholstered furniture and other delicate objects, which if incorrectly stored are prone to pressure damage. Separate facilities for storing cars and other large heavy items may also be provided.
Professional storage is usually in purpose-built containers which can be brought to your home. Effects will be labelled and colour coded, inventoried,
then packed and sealed into the containers. This means the items are only handled twice prior to shipment. Some effects may be required while in storage, making it necessary for them to be specifically itemised so they can be quickly located. Alternatively, essential items can by ‘held forward’. Another important consideration is to make sure documents crucial to the move such as passports, driving licences and even birth certificates are not packed away. It may sound obvious now, but it is surprising what people will pack or leave in drawers!
A professional mover will pack and prepare items so that they will not be damaged when stored.
Self storage facilities have the advantage of 24 hour access, however the rates do reflect this benefit when compared to most moving companies, who will require notice to make goods available to you. This should not be an issue if the same company is doing the shipping and avoids insurance complications.