Claire Thompson
April 8, 2021

Demand for Self-Storage in the UK Spikes During the Pandemic

easyStorage is expanding and growing fast, adding more trucks to cater to the demand, largely in face of people trying to make their homes do more during the pandemic, and small businesses ‘mothballing’ their businesses for better times rather than struggling to meet the demands and worries of continued costs but no, or reduced, income.

Moreover, whether because of educating little ones at home, older children coming home from Universities because they’re not getting into lecture halls anyway, working from home or having extra families inside your ‘bubble’, our homes have never had to do more, or needed to be more flexible. And self-storage businesses have been able to stay open during the lockdowns, as we provide an essential service for customers, domestic and business alike.

Self-storage has proved a ‘life saver’ for many, who have needed to declutter, but who don’t want to make long term decisions as we don’t yet know what the new ‘normal’, living alongside the virus, will look like.  

However a recent research report by Cushman & Wakefield, Workplace Ecosystems of the Future’, suggested that ‘hybrid working’, where employees spend part of the week in the office and the other part working from home (or somewhere else away from the office), is expected to more than double going forward.

According to Philip Macauley, Partner, Valuation & Advisory at Cushman & Wakefield, in a recent blog “The strong fundamentals of the sector, along with its resilience during the pandemic have made self-storage very appealing to investors. Several high-profile institutional funds, private equity houses and investment managers are looking to enter the sector as they diversify away from the more traditional asset classes due to the pandemic.”

easyStorage has already invested heavily in the technology that allows us to work efficiently , so whilst Macauley goes on to talk about higher self-storage prices, that’s only true of traditional self-storage. We’re actually (profitably) delivering self-storage for about half of the price of traditional self-storage by offering a ‘mobile storage’ service: we pick up and return our customers goods to them, and can even help them pack. (You can read more about the difference here.

Part of our success is our franchise model. easyStorage in each area is run by our franchisees. These are their own businesses, so they have a vested interest in keeping our customers happy. Our TrustPilot recommendations and reviews really matter to them as much as to us, because those recommendations are a genuine and personal reflection. You can see our last quarterly review here: https://www.easystorage.com/blog/a-quarterly-look-at-our-trustpilot-reviews.

Keep an eye on our blog for our next quarter’s TrustPilot review, where we already know that the results are even better, and to meet some of those new franchisees. We can’t wait for you to meet them: we are like a ‘family’ at easyStorage, and are proud of the people who join us.  

If you think you could join us, you can find more information on franchising here: https://www.easystorage.com/franchise

We even have some employment opportunities: https://www.easystorage.com/jobs-with-easystorage

Of course, this blog was all about our business, but if you came here because you simply want to store things, for whatever reason, you can find a no-obligation quote for storage in your area here, and even book if you choose to: https://book.easystorage.com/

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Claire Thompson

Claire joined the easyStorage family as a blogger in August 2020 and is loving it! Her passions include writing and learning, and with easyStorage she’s learning new things fast. When not tapping at a keyboard she can be found renovating an old cottage, despite having inherited a complete lack of DIY skills from her father. She has two children, now grown up, and a dopey, loving Vizler (dog), Chester, who steadfastly refuses to do the same. She claims he’s her soulmate!

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