Just under 60% of Australians have been living in their current home for less than 10 years* and Perth ranks up there as the fourth most mobile region in Australia. Renters are even more likely to move frequently, often within 5 years on average.
Aussies are moving for a variety of reasons such as upgrading to bigger and better homes, making the jump from renting to owning, work relocation or just want to be closer to the family.
Perth grew by 12% between 2011 and 2016 according to the last Census which means new people are moving into the city in droves.
Moving is what we do as a nation, and a state. But what does this mean for you? It could mean nothing if you are part of the 'staying put' percentage, for the rest, it could mean you're soon to be in a situation where you need to find a new place to live.
Nobody loves moving house. Ok, maybe there are a couple of people out there who think packing their entire existence into cardboard boxes, loading them all onto a truck, and unpacking every teaspoon, toothbrush, and three piece bedroom set at the other end is serious fun, but they are few and far between.
We've written a lot about moving house on this blog, which boxes to buy, how to pack the boxes, how to tape boxes, how to move home with kids, and so much more. But what happens if you don't have anywhere to go when you move out?
This actually a common occurrence, situations pop up when you move out at the end of your lease or sell your home and the place you're moving into isn't ready, is still under construction or you haven't found anywhere suitable.
What do you do with all your furniture and belongings in the mean time?
Squash it all into a friend's garage? Hire an old shipping container and stash it in Mum and Dad's backyard? There are many options but they all come with a certain amount of risk. Is it water tight? What about the bugs can they get in? Will your gear be covered in dirt or dust when it's time to take it out? If you want to make sure your gear is taken care of in a clean and secure location the safe bet is to put it in a self storage unit.
We know you're thinking, of course we're going to say that. Well, we actually have a stack of reasons why putting your furniture in self storage while you're between homes is a great idea (other than the obvious).
- Clean - storage units are cleaned between rentals so you can load your gear into a neat, clean, and tidy space
- Pest free - storage facilities keep the little critters out of your stuff while it's in storage by carrying out routine pest control measures. (Unfortunately, they can't clear the pests out of the stuff you bring in so make sure you bug spray everything a few days before you pack it all up.)
- Safe - many facilities have security systems which include gate entry, 24 hour CCTV camera monitoring, individual storage unit alarms, personally padlocked doors, and a staffed on-site office** to keep your gear safe
- Size - most storage units are not a one-size-fits-all solution. There is usually a unit the perfect size for your storage needs, from a small apartment to huge a 4 bedroom house and everything in between. So you never need to pay for space you don't need.
- Flexible - if your new place is going to be ready in a month or in a year, you can leave your personal possessions and furniture in storage for as long as you need.
Basically, a self storage unit will keep your furniture and belongings clean, safe, and dry while you're between homes, so you can concentrate on the important stuff like finding somewhere new to live.
References - http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/mf/2024.0
*Roy Morgan Research - http://www.roymorgan.com/findings/6899-australians-not-sold-on-moving-house-201607210902
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