If you find that your house or even your business premises is full to bursting with equipment or belongings then a storage unit could be just the thing you need but how do you go about choosing the right one to suit your needs? Here are some tips.
One of the first things to consider is where the self-storage company is located. Is it easily accessible and local to you or will you end up having to travel miles away to the nearest city. Most people opt for a storage unit that is within a 25 minute drive so that belongings can be accessed reasonably quickly when they are required.
Ease of access is also an important consideration. Is it easy to bring your equipment or belongings to the storage unit and unload your vehicle for instance? Or are there trolleys provided? These solutions can make things a lot easier particularly if you are moving goods in and out lot.
Finally you might want to check how clean and tidy your unit is. If the storage units are looked after properly then you can be more confident that the facility is being run well and looking after your things while you are not round.
If you’re thinking of putting your possessions in self-storage then you may also be thinking of getting a removals company to transport everything for you. So how to you go about choosing the right one?
A removals company can save you a lot of heavy lifting when it comes to moving your things from one place to another. They can also take away a lot of the stress and potential injuries but it is still worth finding someone reputable to trust with moving your things in the first place.
As with many tradespeople, there is a membership organisation that ensures removals companies maintain standards. If you want to be sure of your removal company then it is worth checking they are members of BAR the British Association of Removals.
A popular option for many people in recent years is to put out a request for a man and van on Facebook. The problem with this is the person with the van may not be experienced or even insured to handle removals to be careful when going down this route.
Where possible it is always sensible to use a reputable company that has the right type of vehicle otherwise it could end up costing you a lot more in the long run if things go wrong.
Using a self-storage unit instead of renting commercial premises or an office for business is becoming more popular. Why is this the case? We have highlighted just some of the major benefits in terms of cost savings below.
No fuel bills
Having you stock and other business items stored away in self-storage means that you won’t need to worry about heating and electricity bills. They are all included in the price so you can budget more effectively.
You won’t be paying business rates
Unlike offices and other kinds of business premises, there are no business rates charged on using self-storage facilities. You also won’t be asked to sign complex agreements for fixed terms.
It’s more flexible
Most landlords will be reluctant to allow you to change your mind over the amount of space you are using. Using self-storage facilities mean you can upgrade or downgrade anytime according to your requirements.
Your possessions are secure
There’s always the risk that the security of business premises can be compromised. With self storage you get 24-hour security included.
No service charges
The only service you pay for is the storage. So there is no unnecessary spending on cleaners and gardening.
Renting storage units to free up space in the home is extremely popular in countries like the USA and Australia, but not quite as popular here in the UK even if space is often even more of a premium on our crowded island! So why do people rent storage units?
Have you ever driven past self-storage in your local town and thought you could use it to free up some space in your house, then convinced yourself that it’s too expensive? Or your stuff wouldn’t be as secure as it is back home?
When you actually weigh up the advantages and disadvantages of using self- storage you will actually find that the advantages far outweigh any of the perceived disadvantages.
You get to hold on to memorable items
If your kids are constantly bringing home their work from school and you already have boxes full of memories from your own past packed in boxes in the attic, space can soon run out. This leaves to some tough decisions about what to keep and what not to keep. Storing them away in a self-storage facility can remove these kinds of headaches.
Space is valuable in your home
If you fill your spare room full of stuff that could be easily put into storage you are actually depriving yourself of that extra room leading to thoughts of moving to a bigger property. This will inevitably cost more money and you can never have enough space to store everything in your home.
…and if you happen to be a tenant
Not everyone is fortunate enough to own their own home, so it is often difficult to move to another rented property when an agreement ends and you only have limited time to move all your possessions. Putting items you don’t use very often – even in temporary storage – can speed the process up a lot.