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Lock Up Garages for Rent

Zenyx Griffiths

Written by Reviewed by Dave Sayce

6th Jan 2022 (Last updated on 28th Oct 2022) 4 minute read

A lock up garage for rent is a type of storage unit that can be used to protect your items when moving house. They are typically equipped with steel doors and concrete walls to keep your valuables safe, clean and dry.

There are a number of factors that will affect the cost of lock up garages for rent, including the size of the unit, location and the duration of time you require to rent it. Most storage providers will offer both short and long-term storage solutions.

This article will cover the following:
  1. Benefits of Renting a Lock Up
  2. Rental Lock Up Solutions for Businesses

Benefits of Renting a Lock Up

Many large storage companies will offer lock up for rent services as a solution to storing your items. Whilst renting a residential garage from a landlord will come with fewer services and the risk of less security, a rental lock up garage is potentially a safer option for movers.

Different companies will offer different services, such as indoor and outdoor facilities and units of various sizes. To help you decide whether this storage solution is right for you, we’ve listed some of the benefits of rental lock up garages:

1. Access

Most traditional garage lock ups are easy to access with you being the only keyholder for the specific unit. You should be able to access the facility 7 days a week during the specified opening hours unless it’s stated you have access 24/7. If the facility you choose does not grant you access 24-hours a day, they will likely offer a period of extended hours instead.

Some professional storage companies may offer both internal and external lock up garages. External rental garages can be conveniently accessed via your own car, whilst internal garages will be situated in the company’s buildings. Whichever option is available to you, don’t forget to enquire about the cost of parking as many facilities will offer free spaces.

2. Convenience

Many people across the UK prefer garage storage as it’s a highly convenient solution, especially if the garage in use is on your own property or owned by a landlord nearby. However, using lock up garages for rent from larger companies can also be convenient as they will typically offer 24-hour access as well as further security.

3. Security

The level of security found in the lock up garage will greatly depend on who is renting it out. However, many external and internal units used by larger storage companies will have individual alarm systems, 24-hour CCTV, a unique PIN code and trained staff regularly patrolling the facilities making them incredibly secure.

They will likely also have state-of-the-art smoke and fire detection systems and intruder alarms. For added peace of mind, know that secure storage facilities such as this will also have perimeter fencing for additional layers of safety.

4. Cost

Rental garages will typically cost less than a self-storage unit, especially if you’re renting from a council-run facility or residential garage. To learn more about storage costs, read how much does a self storage unit cost.

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Rental Lock Up Solutions for Businesses

1. Stock Storage

If you’re a business looking for commercial storage units, there are a number of flexible and affordable stock storage options available that do not include a long tie-in commercial lease. Many companies offering this service may even offer lower legal fees, business rates and contract fees.

You may require this type of lock up storage if you’re a business that:

  • Doesn’t have room for existing stock on the premises
  • Has seasonal stock
  • Is constantly growing and requires more space
  • Runs across multiple sites and needs a central space for easier access

2. Document and Archive Storage

Whilst most businesses in the UK are conducted electronically, there will still be paperwork to deal with. From bills and invoices to receipts and sale records, documents like these are now part of our everyday life and can often make us feel disorganised. Document and archive storage facilities are a great way for businesses to declutter their paperwork and ensure their most important documents are organised and secure.

Most facilities will clearly label your boxes to ensure a more organised and efficient process. They will be indoor spaces monitored by CCTV and constant intruder alarms. You will be the only key holder for the clean, dry and secure storage unit. You should also have the option of keeping sensitive or legal documents in fireproof and waterproof storage rooms.

3. Tool Storage

Many businesses and tradesmen have experienced theft, especially when storing their tools in vans. Having valuable equipment stolen can greatly affect a company, with the loss of business and the cost of the insurance excess making a big impact. One way to counteract this and increase security is to use a secure storage unit.

Whether you want regular access at the end of each working day or a chance to visit monthly, self-storage facilities provide the perfect flexibility.

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Zenyx Griffiths

Before Compare My Move, Zenyx once wrote lifestyle and entertainment articles for the online magazine, Society19 as well as news articles for Ffotogallery.

Dave Sayce

Reviewed by Dave Sayce

Owner & Managing Director, Compare My Move

Dave Sayce is the owner and managing director of Compare My Move and has over 10 years of experience in the house removals industry.