We’ll level with you – moving home is a logistical nightmare, so having to find a self storage facility that can meet all of your needs isn’t really a welcome addition:
However, self-storage facilities and containers have grown in popularity over here in the UK. Large chain organisations such as Space Station and Big Yellow have both really benefitted from the high demand.
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Did you know that storage units can hold your items indefinitely? Just think about that for a second… There’s a whole lot you could do with that extra space and time on your hands!
We’ve created this free guide to help you identify the perfect storage facility for you. We believe that these simple considerations can make your storage needs easily manageable and your life that much simpler during your move.
Can You Not Just Pick Any Self Storage Facility?
Certainly not – and for a number of good reasons too:
Before you commit to a self storage company, you need to ask yourself a few simple (and easily answered) questions. Hopefully we can provide you with some useful answers too!
So let’s get to it – this is our free guide and 7 step consideration checklist for self storage containers and facilities.
Step 1: How Easily Can You Get to the Facility?
The last thing you’re going to want is a 40-minute drive to and from any storage centre you decide on.
Only use a self storage facility that is within a realistic commuting distance from your new property. If you can walk to it – that’s an added bonus, however, we suggest only considering those that is less than 20 minutes from your location.
Using a local storage provider can help you with the following:
- Reduce fuel consumption
- Make it easier to find and replace items in storage
- Simply “grab and go” items if you’re in a rush
If you can only think of the larger chains, consider contacting a local man and van in London – they will naturally have a number of useful contacts at their disposal.
Step 2 & 3: Avoid Contracts Where Possible & Be Flexible
If you can – avoid getting into a formal agreement with any facility.
By this, we mean avoid a fixed length of time for the use of their storage units where possible. Of course, you will need to agree to terms and conditions of use but try to find a facility that has the option to leave at any time.
Places that offer the following are a good option to consider:
- No fixed fee’s
- Pay as you go (Monthly)
- Access via your own key or access fob
- Allow you to leave with little notice
A great example of this would be one of the driving schools that operate near us here in London. They provide driving instructor training and franchise opportunities – all with no contract. That makes them an absolute steal for any aspiring ADI.
Step 4: Size is Always Important
Size is the most important aspect for any storage facility.
If they haven’t got what you need then you’re going to go elsewhere – that’s a given.
Make sure that you consider the size of the unit that is available. Look at the items that you have prepared for storage and ask yourself; is this space going to be enough?
If the answer to that question is a no or even a hesitant yes – consider an alternative facility.
For any removals, you need to be 100% satisfied that you have the necessary space available to secure your items for the long term. If you don’t have the space available in your new home – you’re going to need a self storage facility.
Step 5: Safe and Secure
If CCTV isn’t installed as standard, get your running trainers on and keep going.
If your nearest facility isn’t secure – it’s not even worth considering it. Just picture it; you sign up for a 6 month storage agreement and after the first week you receive the following email:
Dear Mr/Mrs Smith,
It is with regret that we inform you of a recent break-in at the Totally Insecure Storage Centre.
Please can you contact us on xxxxxx xxxxxx as soon as possible.
Before signing any agreement, make sure that you have the following in place:
- CCTV on site
- Manned front desk
- Access only via clearance and bespoke key/access fob
- Insurance that covers your items while in storage
Step 6: Avoid Appointment Only Visits
I’ll be honest – I don’t hear of or see many of these but they do exist.
If you need to book an appointment to visit the storage centre and access YOUR items – then it could be a farce and a scam that’s designed to make a quick quid.
99.99% of self storage facilities will allow you to visit 24/7 day or night. Visiting a storage centre isn’t like booking a service for a BMW in Milton Keynes. You don’t need to book in advance.
The way we see it – you need to be able to access YOUR items when you need them.
Step 7: Unlimited Access and Visits
You shouldn’t need a level 5 security clearance to access your items.
However, as reassuring as that is you need to be able to get into your facility without a cap on the number of visits each month/year.
Facilities do cap the number of visits to storage containers. I know for a fact that if I was spending X amount each month on storage, I would want instantaneous access as and when I needed it.
Let’s be honest:
You don’t know when you’re going to need that old wardrobe from your old bedroom next? It’s the last thing that’s on your mind when you’re a university student getting ready for the summer.
Hopefully you’ve found this guide useful and its given you a few things to consider when you next plan on putting things into storage.
Just to cover it all again – consider the following if you’re looking for a trustworthy self storage facility:
- Easily Accessible
- No Contracts and Flexible
- Good Size of Units
- 100% Secure
- No Appointment Necessary
- Unlimited Visits
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