We are moving back to the UK at the end of the year and thinking that if we cant find empty vacant premises for our restaurant that we will put it into storage for a while. We also want to know the cheapest way to get the stuff back to the UK. Do we hire a huge lorry or contact a firm who comes to Italy and returns to the UK with an empty lorry and ask them to take our things? Whaddya think??
We have a container in storage in UK (Enfield, I think) for less than £50 per month iirc. Allied Pickfords who did our removal out to Switzerland were then heading down to Naples for the main load for the return journey. You may have to be flexible over dates to take advantage of that type of collection though. Otherwise there may be an Italian firm who have a reciprocal arrangement with a company in UK.
Just a word of caution, a few years ago we put our stuff into storage whilst house was finished being built then was warned by a mum at mother and toddler group that she had put all of her stuff into storage and there was a fire at the warehouse, and turns out the insurance she had through the storage company only covered a basic amount and she was out of pocket by thousands not to mention sentimental value so please double check as when we enquired with our firm we would not have been covered to value required so we took out an extra policy through our home contents insurance which luckily was not needed. As i say this was a few years ago now so maybe things have changed.
Cheapest way is to find some self-storage somewhere rather than use a removal company's own storage. The added advantage is that you can go and get things out if you need them witohut having to pay per visit.
We are going to Fano, in Marche so not a million miles away.
I don't know about hiring in Italy (those types of things tend to be a bit more expensive). My DH has a licence which allows him to drive that weight of van, older licences do. The van hire from the UK with European permission to drive is about 1K. He does have the inconvience of having to drive the bloody thing back though.