Removals and Storage 99
out of 100

based on 115 user reviews.


Room to Swing a Cat?

Written by on May 3, 2017

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You may have seen our MD Mike McCarthy penned an article which appeared in the property supplement of last weekend’s Yorkshire Post.

The gist of the article was around how, undoubtedly, Britain’s houses are getting smaller.

In fact, the size of an average, semi-detached family home has almost halved in the last 90 years, from over 1,600 square feet to 925, according to the storage units bannerRoyal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. If square footage is hard to visualise, that’s the same as losing a sizeable reception room and a double bedroom. Terraced houses have also decreased in size, forfeiting a bedroom to become an average of two bedrooms and shrinking from over 1,000 square foot to just 645 square foot. Ceiling height has also dropped from 11ft to around 8ft 8in since the 1920s.

We don’t even need to look as far back as the last century. If we take 2003 as an example, official statistics show that new build houses have shrunk 10 square metres just in the last 13 years.

As Mike McCarthy explained, it’s to be hoped the trend doesn’t continue over the next few decades or we’ll all be living in apartments the size of our cars! It’s no laughing matter though – the effect living in cramped and cluttered homes can have on families has been proven to be of great concern. We often have people using our self storage facilities who just can’t fit their belongings into their homes – and garages and lofts are overflowing, or have already been converted to create that much needed extra living space.

It’s frequently said that Britain’s homes are now the smallest in Europe, and the figures seem to back that up. New houses in the Netherlands are more than 50 per cent bigger than in the UK, and in Denmark, a staggering 80 per cent. Even in neighbouring Ireland, they are 15 per cent larger on average.

open storage unitPeople come to self-storage for all kinds of reasons and to store all kinds of things. For many people it’s because they’re in the process of moving house. But for others, their house is bursting at the seams and they simply need more space. There can be seasonal items, such as Christmas decorations or suitcases and holiday gear, or products they’ve bulk bought to get a good deal – but there’s nowhere at home to keep them. There can be sentimental items, like wedding dresses or furniture passed down through the family, which no one wants to part with, but there is just nowhere to physically keep them. We also get people storing items related to hobbies, such as fishing, camping, sports or crafts. If you’re struggling to fit sofas and a dining table into your home, a sewing room is definitely a long-forgotten luxury. And self storage is much more cost effective and flexible than buying a bigger home purely to store things in.

The self storage units in our Leeds, Harrogate and Wakefield sites typically range in size from that of a locker to a space the size of a tennis court. As a guide, if you were wanting to store the equivalent of the contents of a garage you would need around 100 square foot in space, and a small van load would fill around 50 square foot. We can offer drive up facilities or units in a warehouse formation, but there are lifts and equipment to help you transport bulky or heavy items. We can also offer 24-hour access via a pin code entry system, so if you suddenly need to retrieve something at 2am, you are able to do so.

Costs start from just £5 a week, and if you were wanting to store the contents of an average three-bedroom semi, you’d be looking at somewhere around £25 a week.

So, if you feel the walls are closing in on you at home…why not consider hiring some extra space in the form of self storage? Give us a call or chat to us via the website – we’re always happy to answer any questions you might have.


Extremely efficient and prompt service. Lee and Conner were very helpful and the job was completed without a hitch. I would recommend them and definitely use the service again. Thanks.

5 Stars

This is an impressive facility which is extremely well-managed. Colette and Tina are marvellous with the customers explaining procedures clearly and with patience. We would recommend this company without hesitation.

5 Stars

Professional and friendly service
Efficient and nice staff
They moved me twice and stored my house contents

5 Stars
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