General Self Storage

Most storage companies have a handy reference guide to show what will fit into each size of unit offered. Depending on the site, unit sizes can range from a locker, with space for a few boxes, right up to a unit that can hold the contents of a five-bedroom house.

There are numerous reasons for using a self-storage facility and numerous storage options available. Maybe you’re moving house or downsizing to a smaller property, or even relocating overseas and need a safe place for your belongings. Whatever the scenario, with the array of storage options on the market, it’s easy to find one that suits you.

The self storage industry has grown dramatically in the past decade, with new facilities opening in both rural and urban locations. It shouldn’t be difficult to find a secure, cost-effective storage solution as long as you are prepared to do a little research beforehand.

Some self storage companies have outdoor containers only, which allow for a vehicle to drive right up to the unit. This makes loading or unloading easy and convenient. Other premises have indoor storage units based in a multi-level building.

First steps to storage

Decide what items you need to store. It really does help at this stage to be certain about what items you need to put into a storage unit. This way you can pick the correct amount of storage space required.

Most storage companies have a handy reference guide to show what will fit into each size of unit offered. Depending on the site, unit sizes can range from a locker, with space for a few boxes, right up to a unit that can hold the contents of a five-bedroom house.

Access

Make sure you are clear about when and how you can access your storage unit. If you have an outside, or drive-up, storage container then it’s likely you can access the storage facility 24/7. A security swipe card or keypad entry passcode is given to customers to allow entry to the site. The container itself will be locked by your own padlock.

For indoor storage, access is usually only available during opening hours. Also check whether advance notice is required. Some companies may provide an out-of-hours service, but there is likely to be an additional charge.

Security

Ask what security measures are in place. Any reputable self storage company will be more than happy to explain what level of security is on-site. The measures can include:

  • CCTV
  • Secure perimeter fencing
  • Gated access
  • Intruder alarm system
  • Security barrier
  • Security guards on patrol

Insurance

It may not always be compulsory to insure your goods while in storage, it is however sensible to have some level of insurance cover. This can be arranged through the storage company. It may look like an unnecessary extra cost, but it really is better to be prepared and have adequate cover.

Transport

Unless you only have a few boxes or a couple of small items of furniture for storage, it’s likely you’re going to need some transport, other than a car, to collect your goods and deliver them to the storage facility. You may have your own van, or a helpful friend or family member with one. If not, hiring a van and doing all the driving and loading is one option. However, some companies like Storing.com will collect your goods for you and do all the heavy lifting and carrying.

And finally… 

  • Keep an inventory of all the items that are going into storage
  • Label all your boxes
  • Arrange items, if you can, so you have a walkway down the middle of the unit
family moving house surrounded by boxes

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