Why Self Storage?

Planning a move, whether it’s domestic or commercial can be a daunting prospect.  It probably won’t have happened many times before, and in that time how many possessions have you accumulated?  In terms of the average homeowner, many of us move because we’ve run out of space in our existing property, through expanding families and the belongings that we’ve acquired along the way.  There are many self storage options available today, for both homeowners and commercial use.  These all aide the moving process, allowing you a clear perspective of all that you own, without falling over boxes, especially those that never get unpacked!

Types of Self Storage

For domestic storage, people often choose to store antiques, important documents or larger bulky items that can’t be housed for a period of time.  For this type of storage, you can use self storage gloucestershire.

For commercial purposes, business may choose to also store documents, files, and equipment which may be temporarily redundant but needed in the future.

Self storage can range from containers, rooms, to boxes stored in an offsite location.  You may even require temperature controlled storage, or storage with a high level of security.

The most common storage solutions are:


Predominately garages which are being used as storage units.  Not a huge space, but are often more cost effective than renting an area in a warehouse.  The access is usually good, with the ability to unload straight from a vehicle.  The downside is the only security offered is the standard garage lock.


Warehouses are often sectioned off into smaller units, which can vary in size depending on your requirements.  If being used solely for storage purposes, they have usually been converted to offer the renter a decent standard of security.  Again, warehouses have decent access and may even offer 24/7 security guards and/or CCTV.

Portable Containers

Better known as ‘shipping containers’, these provide the option of retaining your possessions on site, or alternatively making use of the secure compound that the Storage company offers.  The costs for hiring a container are often less than space in a warehouse; however you may find that this option isn’t viable as your possessions could be exposed to changing weather conditions, which could lead to damp thus damaging the contents.

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Secure locations

Very often, when researching into the available storage options, people will chose the facility that has a high level of security.

Secure locations should be covered by CCTV 24/7, in addition to appropriate lighting at night to deter burglars’.

If renting space in a warehouse does it benefit from smoke alarms, security alarms and perimeter fencing?

The individual renting the space should be provided with a padlock/key, to ensure that nobody else can access the area/container.  A professional storage company will also have keys to outer doors to ensure access is restricted.  This is usually linked to the buildings alarm systems should any intrusion be attempted.

As a further measure of security, some storage companies may also have the added benefit of computer access control systems.  This further restricts access to the property, with the ability for the company to track all access via unique security codes.

Protection options

Depending on the possessions that you plan to store, ask the storage provider if they offer a protection plan.  These are designed to protect your possessions from damage and loss, and offer you further piece of mind that your belongings are safe and secure.

Check your home/buildings insurance to see if your policy includes possessions that are stored offsite.

To summarise:

If you are contemplating self storage as a solution for your home or business, consider all available options.  Making the wrong decision will result in a waste of money, as well as running the risk of your belongings being stored unprotected.

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