Storage Service South London

A lot of customers find storage very confusing, there are basically three types of storage:
  • ​Indoor containerised storage: This is provided by most traditional removal companies such as ourselves.
  • Self storage: This is provided by companies such as Big Yellow, Safe store and Access and also some traditional removal companies.
  • Outdoor containerised storage: This is basically old metal shipping containers which are stored outside and is not recommended for storing household items for any length of time.


Ois removals offers and recommends indoor containerised storage as the most efficient and economical but if required we can offer the same benefits of self storage without the extra costs.

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Here is a quick explanation and a list of the benefits and drawbacks of the different types of storage:

Indoor containerised storage: (recommended)


This is the most popular storage option for customers who have had time to plan their storage requirements properly and those who use a traditional removal company such as ourselves, the removal company will turn up at your home and load all the storage goods onto the vehicle, all packaging such as furniture protection blankets, plastic, wardrobe cartons for clothes etc will usually be provided free of charge or at cost price, your goods are then taken from your property to the storage warehouse and put into large wooden storage containers by staff who are experienced in packing as much as possible and as safely and securely as possible into the containers, this ensures you only pay for the space you use, the full containers are then sealed and stored in rows inside the warehouse using a forklift, if you need to visit the warehouse to access the goods inside the container such as a passport (most common) the container can be easily taken from the row and brought direct to our loading bay and if required staff are usually provided to help move goods around, the advantages of Indoor containerised storage over self storage are many, they are usually less expensive, you only get charged for what you need not what you think you need, protection materials are usually provided free of charge, insurance can be provided free of charge and its usually much quicker to load and unload goods, also if you know you are going to need the storage for at least 6 months its usually possible to negotiate a reduction the charges.

Self storage: (not recommended)


​Is usually a more expensive option and chosen by people needing constant access to their goods at all times of the day or night or by people in a hurry who havent had the time to do proper research who are either using a removal company without their own storage facilities or are doing the household removal themselves using a hired van, it may seem like a cheaper option at first glance but isnt once you take into account the limited introductory offer and the extra inflated charges for an expensive padlock, insurance and 24 hour access. Its basically a storage room in a large warehouse type building with difficult access, it may look like a good option to most people but once you look past the shiny office and modern facade the reality is usually different, firstly the logistics of loading and unloading goods with the need to put items on trollies and navigate through miles of badly lit corridors to finally arrive at a storage unit which is either too big or too small as it has been chosen by the customer with no knowledge of how much space is actually required or sold to them by a salesperson interested in making the best sale, unlike traditional indoor containerised storage providers, the self storage companies don't provide furniture protection blankets or plastic free of charge and the cost of materials from the self storage providers on site shop are usually very expensive when compared to traditional removal company prices, using self storage is not recommended by us as its very expensive

Outdoor containerised storage: (only recommended for certain items)


This option is not recommended for household goods due to the problems of humidity in metal containers, only really recommended to store garden and outdoor equipment and plants and sometimes motor vehicles, this is usually a very cheap option chosen on price alone,
Listed below is a table showing our usual charges and amount of space usually required corresponding to the size of the property, the storage containers we use are 280 cubic foot or 8 cubic meters in size which is equivalent to 35-40 square foot if you are comparing this to self storage company prices, please note that all charges are subject to vat at 20% and we will usually offer a better deal if the goods are staying in storage for at least 6 months

Storage prices

Property Size/Description Estimated Number of containers required Container size Self storage, Equivalent Estimated weekly charges
Single Items from £7.50 per week
Studio flat 1-2 containers 280 Cubic foot or 8 cubic metres 40 square foot £17.50 per container per week
1 bedroom flat Up to 2 containers 280 Cubic foot or 8 cubic metres 80 square foot £35 per week
2 bedroom flat 2-3 containers 280 Cubic foot or 8 cubic metres up to 120 square foot Up to £52.50 per week
3 bedroom flat 3-4 containers 280 Cubic foot or 8 cubic metres up to 160 square foot Up to £70 per week
4 bedroom flat 4-5 containers 280 Cubic foot or 8 cubic metres up to 200 square foot Up to £87.50 per week
3 bedroom terraced, semi detached or detached house 4-6 containers 280 Cubic foot or 8 cubic metres up to 240 square foot up to £105 per week
4 bedroom terraced, semi detached or detached house 5-7 containers 280 Cubic foot or 8 cubic metres up to 280 square foot up to £122.50 per week
5 bedroom house 6-8 containers 280 Cubic foot or 8 cubic metres up to 320 square foot up to £140 per week