The UK property market ground to an overnight halt at the end of March amid the global coronavirus pandemic. This week the Government has introduced measures to lift lockdown restrictions including opening estate agents to kick-start the frozen housing market. It is estimated almost 400,000 house chains were put on hold during the lockdown, which property giant Zoopla describes as ‘£82bn worth of property transactions in suspended animation’.

Movement and work restrictions have been lifted and house sales can now start to be completed and potential buyers can view properties. Reigniting the property market is the paramount importance to all concerned parties from estate agents, solicitors, surveyors, mortgage lenders to removal companies, all desperate for chains to be completed in order to release vital fees owed to them.

In the coming months self storage will continue to be one of the key support services many homeowners rely upon especially if you are part of a broken purchase chain. Whether buying or selling a property, being part of a chain can be extremely fragile, the more parties involved, the greater the risk of problems. If a house sale falls through, it can have a dramatic domino effect across the chain.

Here are our top three tips if you have a break in your property chain;

1) Rent to Protect your Chain

Sometimes circumstances dictate that you consider moving into rented accommodation to keep your own home sale on track. For example, you may have found a great buyer but for whatever reason, the house you want to buy falls through. This could be due to legal problems with the house you are buying, a change in personal circumstances for the seller, or a withdrawn mortgage offer. In these circumstances, renting a property on either a short or longer-term basis can be helpful and smooth the entire process.

However you may be concerned about the logistics of storing your possessions during this interim period. This is when self storage can be the perfect solution, giving you peace of mind that your precious goods are secure whilst allowing you full access to them whenever you wish.

2) Stronger Powers of Negotiation

Sellers love the magic words “we’re not in a chain”! Selling your existing property before you buy a new home can put you in stronger position, in terms of negotiating the best price and reducing the risk of being gazumped.

Homebuyers who are not in chains generally have much stronger powers of negotiation than those reliant on somebody else buying their property in order to finalise the sale.

This is especially the case if the seller is in a hurry to sell. There is a lot to be said for having the money in the bank when it comes to house buying, and don’t forget self storage is always available as a stop-gap.

3) Stress-Free Moving

Moving home is often dubbed as one of life’s “most stressful events”! Whilst it may be a big life event, it doesn’t have to be stressful.

If you’re selling up and moving in with family for a while or into a rental property not only is it nice to have the cash from your house sale sitting in the bank but it makes moving house a whole lot less stressful too.

When in a chain, you’re often forced to move out of your old house and into the new home on the same day. Whether you use a removal company or move yourself, there’s little if any time to set up a bed or put up curtains. And if there is a hold up on moving day with money transfers and getting the new keys, your stress levels can go through the proverbial roof.

On the other hand, if you’re moving your possessions into self storage there’s no pressure. You can do the move over several days if you wish. Many people opt to move into storage the day before they hand the over the keys giving them time for a last clean and check over of the house. The whole process is much more relaxed and puts you in control.

The same applies when you come to move out of self storage. When you get the keys to your new home there’s no time pressure to move in. If there’s work to be done you can leave your belongings in storage whilst the builders or decorators crack on.

Want to Find Out More?

Contact us here at Atrium Self Storage where you are guaranteed safe, convenient, purpose built indoor storage with your own personal lockable units. With unlimited electronic key access, you can get to your possessions whenever you like 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Call us now on 01709 718143 or email for a free no obligation quote or simply complete our online contact form.

If you have never used self storage before, there are many reasons why you could fall in love with it. See our top four reasons to love self storage…..

  1. Get extra space at home. Your home should feel like a living space not like a storage space. Do you have to-do piles that never get actioned? Belongings filling corners that you haven’t used in years but can’t throw away? Look around you and ask yourself what you want from your living space in 2020.
  2. Get extra space at work. Make your office a great place to work that is free from distractions. Move your archiving, seasonal stock, overstock into a storage to reclaim your work space.
  3. Get your spare bedroom back if you are working from home. Run an e-commerce business from a storage unit and clear your house, garage or shed of stock. Improve your work life balance with a dedicated work space and dedicated home space.
  4. Last minute storage help in a dilemma. Sometimes life throws us a curve ball and we find ourselves needing help in a hurry. The stress of house sale delay, an extension taking over the house or a garage falling down can all be eased with self storage, which can be booked quickly at last minute with flexible short or long term contracts to suit your needs.

At Atrium Self Storage we have a wide range of storage unit sizes available. Our smallest units are 25 square feet and our largest are 170 square feet. We also have many sizes in between. We’re sure that we have something that will meet your needs. See our self-storage calculator for assistance on your storage size requirements or visit the storage site at Hellaby and one of our friendly team will show you the sizes we have available and advise you on your space requirements for your needs. Contact us today for more information.

With the aim of making your move to an Atrium Storage unit go as smoothly as possible, here is some packing advice. Putting some time and thought into the packing of your storage unit is key and will ensure that you are taking advantage of the storage space available to you. This is a relatively straight forward but it’s worth doing the ground work as it will save you time and potentially money. You probably don’t need as much space as you think and an efficient packing plan will illustrate this. With these hints and tips we’ll have you boxing up your belongings like a seasoned master.