Things You Should Know Before Renting a Storage Facility
The self storage business in the UK has grown rapidly in the last few years, and we are all fairly familiar with the bigger companies that offer these services, but what benefits do they offer, and how can you make use of them?
You might consider using self storage in a number of situations. Perhaps you’re planning a long-distance move, for example. In this case, making use of a storage facility near to your new home could save you a lot of stress by having a number of your belongings already in the area, which can be picked up at your convenience. Suppose you are planning to renovate your house or office. Once again, self storage offers you a safe and secure place to keep items and furniture that might be damaged in a renovation project and free up much-needed space.
If you are planning a move abroad, whether long or short term, but have items that you don’t need or want to take along, but want to keep for when you return, or perhaps move the items out to your new location at a later date, then long term self storage can be a good solution.
Of course, there are many other situations where self storage can come in handy, and generally, the companies offering these services are very flexible and try to meet the needs of every customer, whether individual or business. If you only need to store a few items for a short period of time, then you will generally only pay for what you need (shop around of course, to get the best deal!) in terms of space and time, with many companies offering small storage options to long term, large spaces.
You might be concerned about sending potentially valuable items off to storage, especially if you need long term solutions for items that you don’t currently have space for, but are valuable sentimentally, financially, or both. Fortunately, the majority of self storage companies offer very secure facilities, with alarmed containers and security fences around their facilities.
If you’re running a business, storage can offer some cost-effective solutions when things start to grow. If your company keeps a large number of records, for example, that are not generally used on a day to day basis, storage may be a viable option for freeing up some office space. If you are a small business run from home that sells products, it can be a great option for storing your stock.
Most companies will also run special offers and discounts from time to time, so keep an eye out for these if storage is something you’re considering. One thing to also be aware of, is how and when you can access your goods. Self storage companies have opening hours like most other businesses, although they are generally open earlier and longer, from around 6 am to 11 pm, for example. Should require access outside these times, speak to the company and they are normally happy to arrange this.
Overall then, there is great flexibility in the self storage world, that can cover many eventualities for all kinds of situations. If you’re not sure with what to do with items that need to be cleared out, whatever the reason, make sure to check with storage companies in your area to see if you can save yourself some space, money and hassle.