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Self-storage isn’t supposed to be complicated. Like posting a letter, whipping up a milkshake, and more or less everything else, it should really just amount to putting things in other, more capacious things.
What are your priorities for self-storage, and which self-storage providers can help you meet them? It’s an obvious enough question, but it can be trickier to answer than you might think – and not least because it contains many more questions in itself.
The first of these is simple: “What?” Which items do you intend to store, and for how long? Will you need it on an ongoing or temporary basis, and are you prepared to budget for more time if necessary? Furthermore, if the items in question are high value, you can’t afford to compromise on security – so a company with CCTV monitoring and high fencing should be your first port of call.
Another issue is access. If you’re going to visit your unit at odd hours of the evening, a 9-5 arrangement isn’t going to do the trick – so make sure you’ve got access to 24-hour storage. If the items in question are heavy, you may want to ensure that you rent a drive-up unit – or, at the very least, that you’ve got access to trolleys or pallet trucks.
Whatever you do, do it well in advance of signing the contract.
Plans change. The self storage you buy today could be completely insufficient – or rather too much – for tomorrow. If you rented your unit for the purposes of decluttering, you’ll quickly understand that decluttering is an ongoing thing. If you rented it for the purpose of storing a collection, that collection will – if you’re serious about it – inevitably grow.
As such, a degree of flexibility and scalability is important. You may start off needing a single, personal locker, but in a few years’ time you may well need an entire shipping container’s worth of storage. This isn’t to say you should ever pay for more than you need: just that you need to be able to upscale in accordance with your requirements – and ideally, as quickly and inexpensively as possible.
Your ideal self storage company should be big and flexible enough to accommodate your short and long-term requirements.
Finally, shop around – no two self-storage companies are entirely alike. User reviews should be easily accessible, and testimonials should be provided on request: compare, contrast, and go with the company that you think will provide the best storage, the best service and the best value for your requirements.
Don’t compromise on any of these things: there are plenty of self storage companies on the market, and only the most competitive and customer-centric deserve your attention.
This post was submitted by Kevin Pratt, Senior Marketing Executive at Access Self Storage.