Downsizing seems to be on a bit of a roll. Encouraged by a buoyant property market, which almost guarantees people a decent price and a quick sale, many empty nesters are thinking now is the right time to find somewhere smaller and more manageable.

The figures back that up – according to estate agent Hamptons, more people downsized in 2021 than any other year since 2016. 181,100 to be precise.

Numbers buying a flat are falling – from 44 per cent in 2012 to 30 per cent last year – whilst bungalows are growing in value due to their popularity. One-story properties rose 11 per cent on average to a record price of £335,419 in 2021, compared to ‘just’ a 6 per cent rise in the wider market.

Many people of retirement age want to move closer to family, particularly in the light of the lockdowns of the last two years. Being close to family and friends is more valuable than it’s ever been. Others want less maintenance or to free up some cash, with most downsizing seeing people move to a property worth half as much as their previous home.

But all downsizing shares one thing in common – the move to a smaller property. Which is where self storage comes into play!

Scaling back a lifetime’s worth of stuff isn’t easy. From precious memories to family heirlooms and everything in between, it can be a difficult task. Particularly when it’s taking place at the same time as planning and organising a house move.

A reputable self storage facility can offer a safe place for you to store some of your things while you decide what to do with them. It takes the urgency out of everything and enables you to get settled in your new home before you have to figure out what you want to take with you. Is there somewhere for that antique sideboard to fit in your new house? Will the artwork suit the walls? How big is the loft? What is the storage like? If you know you have the benefit of time on your side to figure out all the answers, you won’t find yourself regretting getting rid of things you really wanted to keep and it helps keep stress levels to a minimum.

If you’re looking for storage near Leeds, we can help. Our large self storage centre is based just outside the city centre and is easily reached by car, with ample parking available.

We have storage units of all shapes and sizes. We can help you figure out the right size storage unit for your needs and we can also help with storage unit in Leeds prices, if you use our handy quote estimator. We’ll keep everything safe and sound with state-of-the-art security and you’re free to come and go as needed to access your items. There’s lifts and equipment to help you get your items from your vehicle to your unit. We also have McCarthy Boxes available from our box shop, along with lots of other packaging materials to help you get your items packed up.

You can have your unit for as long or as short as you need – there’s no lengthy contracts required.

So, if you’re looking for self storage, Leeds, to help make your downsizing dreams a reality then get in touch and we’d be happy to help answer any questions.