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To Move or Improve – that is the question…

Written by on April 16, 2019

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It’s a conversation that goes on in homes across the country – “should we move or improve?” (ok, maybe not in those exact words, but with the same sentiment!) There’s even TV shows dedicated to the subject (we’re a big fan of Phil and Kirstie’s Love it or List it).

A home which was perfect for you five years ago can start to feel too small, or it stops working for you as a family – perhaps children come along and you need extra living space for toys, or the kids leave home and you want more entertaining space for the wild parties you’re going to throw.

It’s a careful weighing up of the pros and cons – time for a list! Moving obviously comes with costs aside from the price of a new property – including stamp duty and legal fees – but then again extending or converting property can be stressful if you’re living there at the same time. And what will be allowed under planning laws?

Back in 2013 the Larger Home Extension Scheme came into force, making the rules around home improvements a little freer. Permitted Development rights for single story rear extensions of up to eight metres for detached properties, and six metres for other types of properties, were double the previous allowance. But now the scheme is due to come to an end, with the deadline set at May 30th 2019. As projects built using these rules have to be finished by this date, it’s probably a bit late in the day to be getting started.

If a lack of space is a major issue for you, one thing to consider could be self storage – freeing up more of your home to use, rather than simply being a place to put things. Self storage can also be a lifesaver if you do decide to go along the ‘improve’ route – as you’ll no doubt have rooms to clear out ready for any building work to commence.

Our self storage centres in Leeds, Wakefield and Harrogate are all conveniently situated and have ample car parking so you can gain easy access when unloading a vehicle. You can get to your unit when you need to, round the clock, so if you suddenly realise you packed away something you shouldn’t it’s not an issue. Only you have access to your unit, and there’s pin code entry to the storage centre, so your items are kept safe and secure. We also offer flexibility around timings and space needed. So, if you need a larger space to begin with, then want to downsize (or vice versa) – not a problem. And if you need your unit for two months and three days precisely – no worries, that’s what you’ll pay for.  

Of course, sometimes, the cost of home improvements outweighs the return – or the improvements you need to make simply aren’t possible. In which case moving is the only option – and self storage might still be helpful if you need to declutter ahead of putting your home on the market. If you’re moving due to a lack of space, you don’t want potential buyers to feel that from the moment they walk in!

So, if a move is on the cards – when the time comes and you accept an offer on your home, it’s time to give us a call regarding removals. It’s never too early to get a quote and to start looking at potential dates. Remember we can help with packing too if needed – helping make the removals process as stress-free as possible.

Testimonials

Thank you for choosing McCarthys Removals. We’d love to hear about your recent experience so that we can continue to aim for the highest levels of customer service and making every move as easy and stress free as possible.

Fantastic service throughout. Timely and realistic quote; calm and efficient help through the process - no query or question was too much trouble. The moving crew were fabulous throughout; packing service highly recommended as it took the strain out leaving the old property. Cannot praise McCarthy's highly enough!

5 Stars
Thank you for choosing McCarthys Removals. We’d love to hear about your recent experience so that we can continue to aim for the highest levels of customer service and making every move as easy and stress free as possible.

Tony was amazing he gave me such a lot of trust that my very expensive piano and painting would be extremely looked after and they were, the lovely lady on the phone who I booked through and the three removal guys, were absolutely professional amazing respectable and I was aware that they were constantly using hand gel et cetera. There is nothing missing and nothing damaged and I had about 200 boxes a lot of precious China crystal et cetera. I would 100% recommend this company after having around about seven different Removal Company quotes this was slightly more expensive, but worth every single penny as the saying goes, you get what you pay for This company went the extra mile for sure. If there is anyone with a disability who is reading this who is looking for a company you can trust, I would highly recommend these people

5 Stars
We would love to hear your feedback about the team and your move in experience at McCarthy's Storage World in Leeds. Your comments help us to recognise excellent customer service within the team and celebrate their hard work. We also value your feedback so that we can make further improvements in our customers self storage journey.

I had a lovely and easy experience. The staff were very friendly, in particular Emily and Collette. Both were extremely helpful and made the whole experience stress free. I would highly recommend this service!

5 Stars

Contact Us

Leeds

The Storage Centre, Meanwood Road,
Leeds LS7 2AH

Removals: 0113 262 3000 /
0113 262 4000 hello@mjmccarthy.co.uk

Storage: 0113 26 26 500 leeds@mccarthysstorageworld.co.uk

Opening Hours:
Monday-Friday: 08.00 to 17.30
Saturday: 09.00 to 16.00
Bank Holidays: 10.00 to 14.00

Harrogate

The Storage Centre, Ripon Road,
Harrogate HG1 2BS

Removals & Storage:
01423 625 000 harrogate@mccarthysstorageworld.co.uk

Van Hire: 01423 625 000 harrogate@mccarthysstorageworld.co.uk

Opening Hours:
Monday-Friday: 08.00 to 17.30
Saturday: 09.00 to 16.00

Wakefield

The Storage Centre, Kirkgate,
Wakefield WF1 1UW

Removals, Storage & Shredding:
01924 663 555 wakefield@mccarthysstorageworld.co.uk

Opening Hours:
Monday-Friday: 08.00 to 17.30
Saturday: 09.00 to 16.00