Whatever you need storage for, whether it’s your business, a house move, or simply keeping some precious items safe until you can give them a permanent home, you need to put some thought into finding the right storage facility for your needs.
Today’s guide will help you do just that!
Finding a storage facility in the right place is one of the most important steps you can take. Your situation will dictate what constitutes the right place for you. If you’re putting things into long term storage while you travel, then location is less important: you don’t need to access them regularly, so finding a good deal for a long term contract is your priority.
On the other hand, if you’re running a business and storing some of your inventory with a self storage company, you need to be able to reach it easily every day. In that case, paying more for a storage company that’s close to your business or home is worth it to avoid losing time to long journeys.
If you’re using storage to help you move house, think about what would be most useful: to easily store what you need close to where you live now, or be able to access it quickly after you move. The particulars of your situation, and when you have time and resources available will dictate what works best for you, so think carefully about what you need. This tells you whether you should be looking for cheap storage in London, for example, or somewhere on the outskirts of the town you’re moving to.
You also need to think about what you need from the storage facility you find. Not all of them are created equal, and while there are standard restrictions on storing things like live creatures and dangerous chemicals, you’ll still want to look for specialists for some items.
If you’re building a collection of wine, for example, temperature is a big factor. You need to find a storage facility that can offer you climate controls that will keep your wine in good condition, as well as stable storage for it.
If you want to use your storage facility as a gym or workshop, you’ll need to make sure they can accommodate you. Also talk with the company about your precise requirements, so they can advise you about the extent to which they can meet your needs. You may also find that you apply for some discounts they can only offer if they know more about it: cheaper rates are often available for long term users, for example and students qualify for discounts at many companies!
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