For many, a self storage facility is a brilliant solution for a lack of space, and can provide a helpful, temporary remedy for some of the inconveniences that come with moving house or any relocation.
Even if you’re not going anywhere, mortgages are extremely hard to obtain, and money in general feels tight for everyone, so self-storage can be a convenient and affordable alternative to expanding your property, or ending up with a small house full of stuff you don’t want to part with.
As with everything, you should take some time to think before loading all your stuff up into a removal van and driving to the first facility you can name.
Is self-storage is the right choice for you?
Carefully consider whether or not self-storage is the right choice for you, then move onto weighing up the costs, taking into account how long you might need to use your storage space for.
After checking out a few local facilities online, you’ll find a wide range of options that cover most people’s needs, yet there are still a few things to consider when settling on a self-storage facility.
One important factor to consider is whether or not you’re looking for the right kind of storage. If you don’t take the time to think this through, you could rush into anything that’s on offer, and end up using an unsuitable or unnecessarily expensive facility.
This involves getting an accurate size for the belongings you need to store, to ensure you don’t lose money by paying for too much space, or by hiring too small a space and having to splash out for a second container. As if you weren’t stressed enough with the idea of moving furniture around for your whole weekend, this unfortunately involves listing and measuring everything you want to put into storage.
Once you have this completed, send copies of the list over to a few local self-storage firms asking for a quote. This will be a big help when you settle on which facility to go with.
That list you wrote up should also come in handy with this tip. Judging the distance of the facility will save you a lot of money and stress further down the line.
Choosing a facility closer or further away from your residence or office depends heavily on what you need self-storage for. If you’re moving house and need to zip back and forth to get certain objects, then it might be worth paying a little extra to have immediate access to them.
On the other hand, if you’re a business owner going through a simple office relocation, you can probably afford to expand your search radius slightly, and investigate cheaper (but still secure!) facilities. Before deciding at this point, go through the list I mentioned previously, carefully mulling over how often you may need this or that.
Accessibility is another important point to consider when it comes to removals and storage. As with the last tip, it’s important to consider how often and at what times in the day you’ll need to access your container, both during the relocation period and afterwards.
Not every storage facility allows 24-hour access, so take this into consideration when you go about getting your initial quotes.
In most situations, standard weekday access or access on demand will be good enough, but there’s nothing more infuriating than urgently needing one of your possessions and not being able to get to it.