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The Perils of Storing with Friends or Family


There can be many reasons, and many times in your life when you suddenly need to store the vast majority of your belongings somewhere other than your own home. You may have split up with a partner, or even be on the point of moving in with a new one, or you may have a new job and need to relocate. Whatever the cause, it can be a headache finding adequate storage space when you don’t have much time or money to arrange safe storage for your possessions.

Although it can appear to border on the miraculous when friends or family come through with the offer “borrow my loft/shed/garage/spare room”, you are running a serious risk of damaging or losing the relationship altogether if your stuff outstays its welcome, or if something else goes wrong along the way.


If a fire took place where your belongings were stored, even one which caused minimal damage, some insurance claims would be necessary. Would your belongings be covered? Almost certainly not; even if you were storing items with individual “out of home” insurance, there’s a good chance your insurer wouldn’t pay up. Equally unlikely to bear fruit is an insurance claim if your friends or family suffer a burglary. You’d have a hard time persuading an insurer to pay out for two identical items, for example, if two pieces of expensive electrical equipment were taken.

If you are going to go ahead and store belongings in someone else’s house, check your insurance policy carefully; it is unlikely that an existing contents policy – either yours, or for the premises where your items are stored – will cover you.


Just as an over-comfortable house guest can outstay their welcome, so can your stuff. Like the turkey on the day after Boxing Day, the extra three piece suite cluttering up the spare room can become something you’re rather fond of elsewhere, but not in your own home. Set hard limits on when your stuff will be gone by before you take advantage of the generosity of others, and stick to them. Don’t forget to reimburse them for any costs they may have incurred storing your belongings.


The smart solution to storing a lot of stuff in the short to medium term without upsetting anyone is to hire a unit at a self-storage facility. Particularly cost-effective if you have items of furniture as well as boxes of books and clothes, good discounts are available for longer term bookings. If your belongings need a temporary home, protect both them and your relationships by looking to secure storage at a specialised facility, perhapsĀ www.storageworld.co.uk who can be contacted on 0161 274 4777 and are based less than half a mile from Manchester City Centre.


Secure Storage Solutions

Clean, safe and secure storage solution at an affordable price, highly recommend this place, very close to the heart of manchester, easy access in and out. Big thanks to Tricia and her team for sorting out my storage needs, very knowledgeable, professional and more importantly friendly.
Highly recommended.

Marcus Wong

A Quick and Easy Process

Quick and easy to reserve and simple sign up process when I arrived. I had under estimated my load size and needed more space which the guys on site quickly arranged for me. Very helpful and friendly staff. A recommended company

Alex Jones

Same Day Move In

Fantastic experience. Needed storage quickly and the staff were on hand to help get everything sorted as fast as possible – was in the same day. They even helped to make sure I got the right size unit so I didn’t over pay – they could have sold me a far bigger one but wanted to make sure I got the best deal and was happy – that doesn’t happen very often! Well Done!

Ed Green-Moore

Extremely Helpful Staff

Extremely helpful staff, talked me through everything, gave me a tour of the facility, the sign up process was very straight forward, and most important excellent value for money.

John O'neill

Trolleys and Good Lighting

Great storage with lots of trolleys and good lighting. Lots of parking bays so it is easy to park close to the storage unit entrance. A friendly and helpful team (Anthony and Nick) that get back to you quickly by email or phone.

Tanya Grenade

100% Recommended

100% recommend Storage World. The storage lockers are well priced, secure and very clean. The facility is well set up to make loading and unloading very straight forward. Jeni on the desk was so increddibly helpful and went out of her way to make sure we were well set up and happy. Thanks very much to all at Storage World and particularly Jeni!

Tom Daubney

Business Self Storage

Can’t praise the guys enough, Tricia initially found me a unit over year ago and patiently kept me up to date on availability as I was unable to move my business as quickly as I’d hoped. All the staff are friendly and helpful. A safe and clean place to work.

Joanne Beswick