Self-storage units explained

Author: dpinning  //  Category: Storage Solutions

Self-storage facilities are to be found in most major cities and towns in the country, providing extra space for a range of items. Customers can easily find a local facility by carrying out a search on the internet; for example, in the Midlands, keying in ‘storage Hinckley’, ‘storage Nuneaton’ or other relevant town will bring up hundreds of options.

The facilities are covered by an industry standard and customers should look out for the logo. By doing so they can then be assured that the units are run in a responsible manner and to a certain standard. Self-storage is safe and secure and goods can remain there until required, at which time they can be collected, in the same condition as when they entered the unit. CCTV monitoring is required by the SSA UK Membership Standard.

More than 50% of self-storage facilities across the country offer 24/7 access, making it simple to collect or deposit items at any time. The remainder keeps to regular business hours, so if short notice may be required to access goods it is advisable to check if there are any restrictions before choosing a facility. The customer uses a padlock to secure items and only they retain the keys. Of course, it is important that all goods are insured in case of loss or damage.

Generally, self-storage facilities are used to store goods on a medium to long-term basis although it is also possible to rent a unit for only a few days. In 2011, a third of units were rented for 100 days or less, while for the bigger units, the average rental was for 40 weeks. The cost of renting a self-storage unit varies between companies, but in general the amount paid will depend on the size of unit and the proposed length of rental.  As with all services, it is sensible to shop around and compare prices.

Reasons to use self-storage

Author: dpinning  //  Category: Storage Solutions

Whether using self-storage in Tamworth or storage in Hinckley, customers can be confident that their property will be perfectly safe and secure. Do-it-yourself-storage facilities are covered by the Membership Standard introduced by the SSA UK, which means that safety and security of stored goods is paramount. It is therefore important, when choosing a self-storage facility, that the company displays the organisation’s logo. It means that the operator of the self-storage facility has to work to a code of conduct and behave in a responsible manner. Check for the logo and scrutinise the operator’s terms and conditions before signing any agreement. 

Both individuals and companies use self-storage as a means of storing goods for many reasons. Individuals find self-storage particularly useful when moving house and require somewhere short-term to store their furniture. Perhaps a property is being renovated and self-storage offers a secure option to store valuable belongings. Alternatively, having to work abroad for a period of time might mean that certain items have to be temporarily stored somewhere that is safe and secure.

Extra room self storage is a welcome alternative to having fishing rods, skis or snowboards taking over the house; all sports equipment can be stored in the unit, leaving the home clear and uncluttered. It might be that the house is bulging at the seams, in which case renting a self-storage unit is a great way to de-clutter and regain some living space.

Companies often find self-storage facilities to be extremely useful for storing archived files – and documents that may have to keep for several years – and for auditing and HMRC purposes. Rather than tying up valuable office space, a better alternative is to keep them in a self-storage unit.

If a business has too much stock or stock that is only seasonal, a self-storage unit is an excellent place to temporarily store the items, safe in the knowledge that they will remain unharmed. Excess office furniture or conference equipment can also be safely stored.

Picture: Extra Room Self Storage