Self Storage – A stress free way to move house

The process of buying and selling a house can be extremely stressful, from ensuring the legal side is dealt with to the task of packing up your belongings.   The whole process can be a long and stressful chain, trying to ensure that contracts, moving dates and removal companies all coincide can be a difficult act to juggle.  This is one of the many reasons people turn to Self Storage.

The benefits

Self storage offers a convenient way for you to store your possessions.  There are many solutions available, at affordable prices allowing you to move house with ease.

When in the process of moving, storage offers a number of benefits, whether you are considering it for a short term or long term basis.

Perhaps you are moving to a property that requires restoration.  Why not store your belongings whilst work to your property is carried out?

Maybe you have decided to re-decorate, but with limited space you aren’t able to clear the decks for work to begin?

You may want to carry out a de-clutter exercise as part of moving into your new property.  Self storage gives you the option to do this over a period time, with easy access to your belongings to sort through at your leisure.

The basics

Self Storage couldn’t be easier.  Once you have sourced a unit it is usually a case of agreeing a rental period, covering the initial costs of hire, followed by filling up your storage space!  You should be the only individual that holds a key to the area/container, you may be asked to provide the padlock.  Your items can then be stored, with access provided via prior arrangement or during the compounds opening hours.

There are many different types of storage available, from purpose built buildings, areas within warehouses, containers to lock-ups.  Each have pro’s and con’s, so when deciding on the type of storage to best suit you, consider the following:

  • How long do you intend to store your possessions? Does the storage company provide long term contracts?
  • Is there any discount for long-term hires?
  • How often will you need access to your possessions? If regular access, is the unit easily accessible?
  • What security measures are in place to ensure that your possessions remain safe?
  • Does the storage company offer insurance for damages or loss? Is this covered by your home insurance?

What next?

So, you’ve decided that storage is the solution you have been looking for and you are wondering what happens next?

It is advisable to obtain 3 quotes from self storage companies, as prices can vary based on the level of security on offer, the location and the types of belongings that you intend to store.  If you have storage companies in your area, research those first, especially if you’ll require regular access.  If your access is to be kept to a minimum, then obtain quotes for a wider geographical area.

Once you have decided on a Storage company, make arrangements to visit the facility.  This will give you the opportunity to find out information about security, how access is provided, and opening times etc.  It will also allow you to plan how your belongings will be transported there, and how long the whole process is expected to take.

Find out if the storage company offers boxes/packaging.  If they don’t, it is worth sourcing some good quality boxes so you can ensure that your belongings remain stacked upright, with minimal chances of damage.  This is especially important if your possessions are being stored long-term.

So if you are planning one of the biggest moves you are ever likely to face, look into self storage to make the whole moving process an enjoyable, stress free one!

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:

Lock-Ups

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

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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