Getting started on a home renovation can be an exciting journey, but it often comes with the challenge of managing space and protecting your belongings. This is where storage hire can help you streamline your renovation process. 

Whether you're updating a single room or undertaking a major transformation, finding the right storage solutions can make all the difference. But there are a few things to think about when it comes to hiring storage containers during renovations. 

From flexibility to affordability and accessibility, you’ll need a storage container that suits the scope of your renovation project. So, what sort of things should you bear in mind before you invest in renovation storage?

When do you need to rent a storage container?

Depending on your home improvement project, you’ll likely need to rent a storage container early on in the process. Whether it’s for storing furniture, safeguarding family heirlooms, or keeping your household items dust-free, renting a storage container provides a secure space to temporarily store your belongings. 

Having your items safely stored can keep your home livable and your belongings in pristine condition. It’s particularly handy when renovating key household areas like the kitchen or living room.

What to keep in a storage container rental when renovating

Storage containers are multi-functional and can accommodate almost anything from your home. Common items stored during renovations include large furniture pieces such as sofas and tables, as well as smaller items like electronics, books, and clothing. 

Renovation storage is all about putting away the items that you won’t immediately need. You may need to live in a smaller area of your property during the renovations or you might choose to stay in separate accommodation if the project is extensive. It’s a good idea to group together the things you’ll use day-to-day. That way, you can put any items you won’t need until after the renovation into your storage container. 

When selecting what to store, it’s also important to consider the items that are most susceptible to dust, paint, or construction debris damage. However, remember that you can’t store certain items, such as hazardous materials and perishable food in your unit. 

Why should you rent a storage container during renovation?

Although renting a storage space might not be the first thing you think of when starting home renovations, it can bring a whole host of benefits. It’s a good idea to arrange your storage container rental early on so that your belongings are out of the way before you begin the work. What’s more, having a storage unit for the whole of your renovation offers:

  • Protection from damage: It will keep your furniture and belongings safe from the dust, debris, and accidental impacts that are all too common during home renovations.
  • Space maximisation: By moving items out, you provide contractors with the space they need to work efficiently, potentially reducing the duration (and cost) of your renovation.
  • Stress reduction: Knowing that your belongings are safe can reduce stress and allow you to focus on the renovation process itself, rather than where your belongings are. 
  • Cost-effectiveness: Renting a storage unit for your belongings can be far cheaper than risking damage and having to replace important pieces of furniture. Prices vary when it comes to storage units, but you can expect to pay from £90 per month for our 10ft container, £120 per month for a 20ft storage unit, and £200 per month for our largest 40ft container. These larger units are perfect for both personal storage and commercial uses. 
  • Flexibility: There are plenty of storage options available to put your belongings away. We suggest opting for a larger storage unit, ideally 20 or 40 feet, which is best to accommodate the contents of a three-bedroom house and upwards — ideal for a big renovation. 

Storage tips for your home renovation

When renovating your home, efficient storage solutions can significantly reduce stress and protect your possessions. But how do you make the most of your storage unit?

Plan ahead

Before the renovation begins, take inventory of everything in your home. Decide what you need to put into storage, what you can donate, and what you can get rid of.  This decluttering phase not only simplifies your storage needs but can also make the post-renovation organisation much easier.

Use clear labelling

Organisation is also key when items are going into storage. Label all boxes and containers clearly and consider creating a master list of where items are stored. This will help you quickly locate anything you need and keep track of your possessions.

Prioritise access

When packing your storage container, consider how frequently you will need access to the stored items. Place items that you might need during the renovation (like tools or documents) near the front of the container. Seasonal items or things you won’t need until the project is complete can be stored at the back.

Protect fragile items

Take extra care with fragile items. Wrap glass, electronics, and other delicate items in bubble wrap or packing paper. Store these items in sturdy, well-padded boxes to prevent any damage from movement or shifting within the storage unit.

Opt for vertical storage

To maximise the space within your storage container, utilise vertical storage options. Shelving units can help keep boxes organised and accessible, while hooks and racks can be used for items like tools and bicycles. This not only helps in keeping the container tidy but also makes unpacking after the renovation much easier.

Check on your storage regularly

If your renovation extends over several months, it’s a good idea to check on your storage container periodically. This will help you spot any potential issues early, such as signs of moisture, pest intrusion, or other damages. Regular checks ensure that any problems can be addressed promptly before they escalate.

Ensure proper ventilation

If you are storing items like furniture or textiles, ensure that the storage container has adequate ventilation. This prevents the buildup of mould, mildew, and moth infestation, which can damage your belongings over time.

Renovation storage solutions with Bluebox Storage 

Choosing the right storage unit for your renovation can make a period of upheaval more smooth and straightforward. You can have peace of mind knowing your household items are safely tucked away until your home makeover is complete. 

Whether it's a short sprint or a long-haul renovation, here at Bluebox Storage we can find you a reliable and secure storage solution in the North East. Check out our functional, reliable storage containers in a variety of locations, from Darlington, Middlesbrough, Stockton, and beyond.

If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch with our team for more information, or fill out our easy and quick online enquiry form to get a personalised storage quote.