Things to Consider when Selecting a Self-Storage Facility
Are you lacking space and need an affordable place to short your items? Lack of space in houses seems to be a reoccurring problem in Britain, which means when you have too many possessions but you can’t seem to part with them, you end up with them packed into a house that is not big enough, which can lead to problems within the family and sometimes create big issues.
When considering using a self-storage facility, you need to weigh up the costs involved and also make sure it is the right solution for you. Generally, most facilities offer options that cover most bases, but there are still things you should be thinking about when it comes to self-storage and we take a look at some of these below.
Kind of Storage You Need
You need to make sure that you get the right kind of storage, else you could end up with something that is unsuitable or not cost effective, which in both cases is just not going to be right for you or your belongings.
Make sure you get an accurate idea of the size you are looking for, because if you rent something too big and do not fill it, then you are just losing money, and equally, going for something that is too small will just mean having to rent another container or not getting all of your things into storage. Check out our calculator, which will help you estimate the size of the unit you will need to acquire.
Location of Facility
If you need to regular access to your stored belongings then going for a facility that is over an hour‘s drive away makes little sense. But, if you know that you will not need access and you can save a few pounds by storing with a firm outside of your location, then this could be a great idea. Many of the more rural storage companies can offer bigger discounts because they do not have to pay the city centre overheads, so try to work out just how local it needs to be and then get some quotes.
It is important to consider how often and at what times you are likely to need to access your container, because this will potentially have some say in who you go with. Not every self-storage facility is open 24 hours a day, so if this is something you are looking for, then you need to think about this when getting quotes. For most people, normal weekday access or access on demand will suffice, but there is nothing worse than urgently needing an item you have stored and not being able to access it until a few days later, so take this into consideration when choosing who you are going to use.
For many, security and safety are the core factors when it comes to picking a suitable local self-storage firm to store with, and to be honest, you probably would not want to choose a company without the basics in place anyway. Always make sure they have a decent level of security, including lockable access and cameras and also think about fire protection and insurances as well. You do not have to choose a facility that has more security than a prison, but you must make sure that the basic safety and security levels are taken care of for your own peace of mind, because you might only find out about any flaws when it is too late.
Of course you to need to make sure that the price is reasonable and fits within your budget. Also remember to beware of front loaded offers because often you will end up paying more in the long run. It is often better to get a good deal right from the start at a price that will remains the same throughout the whole duration of time that you will be storing your possessions with themBack to blog page