What is Self Storage?
Self storage offers both personal and business users a storage solution that they can basically control themselves. As with more traditional storage methods, self storage allows you to rent storage space where you can keep belongings in a specialist facility. In the past, we have had to rely on removal companies for example to store on our behalf and have had to pay high charges, with limited access, no flexibility and long term contracts. With the advent of self storage, you’ve been given a lot more choice.
More and more people today are finding it hard to manage the space they rent, own or lease and are instead turning to self storage as a solution to cluttered personal or business space. Whether you’re looking to store just a few items, archive your business paperwork or put most of your possessions in a safe place for a month or a year or more, self storage could be a cost effective and flexible solution for you.
Recognising that many consumers and businesses need more control over what, where, when and how their goods are stored, the self storage industry has evolved into a cost effective, flexible and secure storage alternative. The storage space you rent is self-contained and fully enclosed and can vary in size according to your specific needs. You may need a small storage locker or a unit large enough to store the entire contents of your 4 bedroom house or business stock.
You can store almost anything in a space that suits the size you need. Unlike traditional storage methods, self storage allows you to access your storage space during extended access hours, 7 days a week . You can upsize or downsize your unit (subject to what the facility has available), as your storage requirements increase or decrease. Your self storage unit will stay where it is and your items won’t be moved around by the storage operator as can be the case with on-site container storage options.
With self storage it is your responsibility to get your things to the self storage site, pack your goods into the space provided and, ultimately move it out at the end of your stay. You can hire a removal company to do this for you, though it is often preferred that you supervise any subcontractors to ensure your goods, or the facility, isn’t damaged during the move-in or move-out process. It also allows you to ensure the storage space is packed in a way that you prefer so you can stack the front of the unit with the items you may need to access more often. Most facilities have packaging supplies to aid in your packing process.
Self storage licence agreements can usually be cancelled with a relatively short notice period. The rent is usually paid monthly in advance, but when you move-out any over-payment is often refunded. In addition, it is unusual for self storage companies to charge you to access your storage space, which can be the case with traditional storage businesses, and they may also request advance notice of when you need to access the space.
Self storage is also a secure solution. In most cases, the storage unit you rent can only be accessed by you. You’ll be the only authorised key holder, though you can often request additional access keys if required. Normally, you’ll be expected to provide your own padlock for your unit door, giving you an extra guarantee of security. In addition, reputable self storage operators will have a range of their own security measures in place including CCTV, monitored alarms, electric fences etc.