Self Storage While You're Away From Home

Self Storage Solutions for Travelers, Sellers or Renters


The new year has dawned and you have finally decided to put your travel plans into action. Thinking about an OE or a long trip through Europe? You may be packing up your home for a work opportunity abroad?

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Whatever you are doing you want to keep your plans flexible. Maybe you have disposed of your home and need somewhere temporary to store things until the move can be arranged? You want to rent out your home, apartment or a room via a company like AirBnB while you are away.

Self storage is an easy, convenient solution. You can store your possessions until you return, finalise your move or securely store them while your dwelling is rented out.

What are some advantages of self storage for the traveller?

Woman packing suitcase


Clean, Dry and Secure

It can be daunting, packing up your life and heading overseas whether it’s for a few months or a few years. If you are renting out your house, rather than leaving your furniture in your home to be damaged or stolen, let us ease some of your worry and look after your belongings in our clean, dry, secure storage facilities until you get back

A visibly empty home can attract unwanted attention and increase the risk of break-ins. By storing valuables in a secure self-storage unit, you reduce the chances of theft and vandalism, maintaining the integrity of your belongings while away. This also allows you to stage the home for sale or make it available for rental.

We always recommend that people store their items properly when they rent one of our units.  This includes boxing whatever can be boxed and covering anything that can’t be.  Items including mattresses, sofas, desks etc. can be protected with plastic covers designed for each type of item. We sell all of these at our facilities. They are designed to fit a range of furniture in different sizes. For more storage tips, check out our post about how to pack for storage.

A Comprehensive Guide to Self Storage


If you are planning to go travelling for a while, you will likely have to decide what to do with the bulk of your belongings. Self storage is a convenient way to look after your possessions while you're away on your adventure. If you're currently renting you won't want to be paying rent for an empty house just to store your furniture. If you own your home you may want to clear it out to rent while you are away. Your belongings will also be much safer in our secure storage units than in an isolated house.

Homeowners who utilize platforms like Airbnb, or Bookabach, may prefer to store personal items off-site to create a more neutral and welcoming environment for guests. This not only enhances the rental experience but also safeguards personal belongings from potential damage

Either way, whether you’re off on your OE (overseas experience), starting a new job, taking a sabbatical, moving or looking to rent out your home, apartment or room, self storage can be a really convenient solution for you.

Couple in empty room with suitcase and guitar

If something comes up you are able to allocate access to friends or family so that they can pick up anything you might wind up needing while you're away.

We have flexible rental agreements – if your trip is extended or shortened or you need time to see if the new job is going to work out, we can accommodate. We offer hassle-free insurance and our resident custodians or managers do lock checks of all units every day to make sure that your belongings are safe.


Selling Your Home

For those considering selling their homes while abroad, staging plays a crucial role in attracting buyers. Placing items in self-storage allows homeowners to declutter and stage the property effectively, potentially accelerating the sale process and securing a favorable deal.

Beautifully staged living room

We have created a blog with ideas and suggestions for the best techniques for home staging.

How To Stage Your Home

Once sold you can place the rest of your property into storage to await your return or have it shipped to you overseas. If you are simply moving elsewhere in New Zealand, self-storage can also be a long-term arrangement to make room in your house. Store items you don’t need seasonally or seldom use.


Buying Your First New Zealand Home

With the property market being what it is and good houses being in high demand, you may not be able to buy a house immediately after moving to New Zealand. Unloading your belongings into storage can take away the pressure to buy the first house that comes along. This will grant you the time to make the right decision.

Open moving truck with belongings inside


International travel is becoming more accessible once again after the past few years. Self storage can be a great option for your belongings when you head overseas and a lot of our customers use our self storage facilities to keep some of their belongings in while they’re away. It’s also a great way to save money while you build or search for a new home. By putting your bulky items into storage, you can look at temporarily renting a smaller place until you find your next home, rather than having to find a place that can accommodate you and all of your furniture.

If you don't have family nearby (or friends with any spare room at their house!), if your intention is to come back to New Zealand in the near or not-so-near future, you could rent a self storage unit and rest assured that your items are safe.

In conclusion, utilizing self-storage before leaving on an overseas trip can serve various practical purposes, ranging from security and peace of mind to facilitating property management and maximizing the flexibility of travel plans. It enables individuals to safeguard their belongings while optimizing their living spaces for various purposes during their absence.

If you aren’t sure where to begin with self storage, the best thing you can do is call and speak to one of our friendly managers, they’re the storage specialists and they should be able to help you make sense of it all.

Give them a call today on 0800 58 57 56 or enquire online for more information.

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