Summer Storage Tips

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If you don’t have accommodations sorted for the summer, but you’ve got way, way too much stuff to lug home, putting your belongings into a storage service over the summer might be a good idea! When looking for a storage service in Edinburgh, we’d recommend that you consider the following:



  • Check what hours the business operates within! Some services will pick up and drop off your belongings, so see if their hours work within your timeframe.
  • If the service operates as a storage warehouse, check what days and hours they are open.
  • If you need to access your belongings whilst they’re in storage, ask how easy this would be.



  • Do you trust that they’ll keep your belongings secure?
  • Is the company insured to a reasonable amount, if anything should go wrong?
  • If you want to employ a “pick up and drop off” service, find out where they will be storing your belongings – is it dry and secure, or at risk of damp, mould, moths, or fire?
  • With a warehouse service, do you have your own padlock or can other people access your belongings?



  • Shop around and see which businesses offer the best deals! Many storage services advertise student discounts or cheaper rates if you store with them for a certain length of time.
  • Get free quotes from a number of places, which you can use to bargain down the price at the service you like most. Most warehouses will also do a cheaper rate for the first month.
  • If you plan on storing your belongings in a storage warehouse, don’t forget to factor in the cost of packing up your belongings and transporting them to the warehouse, either by hiring a van, a van and driver, a taxi, or getting a lift from a friend.
  • With a storage warehouse, also make sure you are only paying for the space you need. They may try to sell you a larger space than you require!
  • With a pick up and drop off service, check if they supply the boxes and whether they’ll help you pack up your things into the van.


Top Tips

  • You can get free boxes for packing up your belongings by asking at shops.
  • Don’t pack all your heavy books in one big box! Think about what will be easy to lift and carry.
  • Number your boxes to ensure that none go missing.
  • Shop around and don’t be afraid of haggling for a cheaper price!
  • Know where your belongings are and how you can access them if you need to.


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