What is Containerized Storage?

What is Containerized Storage?


How Do Removals Companies Store My Goods?

The industry standard storage container is a 250 cu ft wooden container that is stored in a warehouse.

The containers are standardized to allow them to be loaded onto removals trucks, where they can be loaded and unloaded at the customer’s premises. This reduces the physical handling time, so the goods are only manually loaded and unloaded once during the storage period.

Once the containers are filled with your goods and furniture, they are not opened again until they are delivered.


Am I Limited on What I Can Store?

There is no limit on the amount you can store. Some customers store the entire contents of their home. However, there are some restrictions on what can be stored, (E.G.  illegal goods, jewellery, precious metals, perishable goods, food, plants, etc.)

Do I Need an Inventory of My Goods?

Yes. This is usually provided by the removals company. The inventory is completed at the time of loading, so both the remover and the customer know which goods are in which numbered container.

Apart from the obvious benefit of being able to easily locate your goods, the inventory is vital for insurance purposes.

Do I Have to Pay, To Access My Storage?

This depends on the remover. Usually, the containers are stacked in a warehouse, so there is labour and administration involved if you want access to a container. This usually means the remover will charge a small fee for every visit to your container(s).

For security reasons, any access to your stored goods will require supervision. This means the removal company will have to arrange staff for your visit. Therefore, visits to storage are usually by appointment only.

How Do I Pay?

This depends on the removals & storage company, but storage fees are usually paid in advance, by Direct Debit or recurring Debit Card payments. Some companies charge monthly and some charge weekly, so you should discuss the payment options when you ask for a quote.

Payments for accessing your storage unit are often added to the next month’s storage payment, but this depends on the storage provider.

What Happens If I Get Behind with My Payments?

Storage providers have clearly written Terms & Conditions that explain this. The usual practice is to notify the customer and make arrangements for the arrears to be paid before the goods are released.

The removals/storage company has the right to with-hold your goods until any outstanding payments are cleared. This is often referred to as “Lien”.



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COVID-19 Statement

Although there is no rule to prevent them from doing so, not all removals businesses are working during the Coronavirus measures advised by the Government.

Those that are working have been provided with clear guidelines by the Government and supported by AIM, with safe working procedures, specific documents and frequent information updates.

Removals firms

Removal firms are able to operate and should follow the latest government guidance on safer working. Where moves are carried out, social distancing should be followed.
Companies should ensure employees understand how to operate safely and communicate this to customers.

  • Removers should contact the household in advance to check that no member of the household is showing symptoms of coronavirus or self-isolating. If they are, works should be delayed.
  • They should also encourage households to ensure all internal doors are open and surfaces and possessions have been cleaned with household cleaning products prior to them entering the property.
  • No work should be carried out by a person who has coronavirus symptoms, however mild.
  • Removers should wash their hands on entering the property using separate towels of paper towels which need to be washed or disposed of safely after use.
  • Removers should seek to minimise contact with homeowners and remain 2 metres apart from householders at all times.
  • Removers should implement a buddy system and ensure that the same people work together when moving bulky items and furniture.
  • Removers should bring their own refreshments but you should ensure they have access to hand washing facilities, using separate towels or paper towels if possible,
    which should be washed or disposed of safely afterwards.