Storage is not a new concept. People have been storing little treasures and precious trinkets ever since primitive man decided to hide his collection of sabre tooth tiger necklaces under his mammoth skin rug so his wife wouldn’t make him throw them out. Our methods of storage have grown more sophisticated over the years but to many the principle remains the same. People want to protect what they love lest someone mistakes it for something worthless and carelessly throws it away. The use of self-storage facilities has grown dramatically over the past few years, as space becomes more of a problem and consumers increase their buying habits.
Convenience is an important factor in deciding whether or not to use self-storage facilities. In the US and the UK, facilities are located within 3 minutes of the urban population so you can travel to your unit, take care of what it is that you have to do and be back before anyone even knows that you’ve gone.
The terms governing self-storage are flexible, and usually only run from month to month. You are free to terminate the service as soon as you no longer need it. There are no long term binding contracts. Self-storage is also flexible regarding the belongings that can be stored. It can be used for personal storage, business storage and records storage etc.
Self-storage is a relatively inexpensive way to meet your increased storage needs. Units come in varying sizes and the average monthly cost will depend on the size of the unit that you rent.
Privacy is assured, as you use your own lock and keys to keep your unit secure. You are also the only one who controls the access to your unit.
Coordination and integration of services has increased as more and more facilities have begun offering truck rental, moving supplies, mail boxes and a range of other products and services to assist you with moving your goods into storage. They will also help you to coordinate all your needs from one location.
Units are climate controlled, which means that they are perfect for storing all your personal belongings, even delicate items prone to wear and tear in changing conditions, like books. Temperatures are kept between 55 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit all year round. Some facilities even have humidity control features for extra protection of your belongings.
Other reasons to make use of self-storage facilities include: storing seasonable utilities, for example garden furniture or tools; storing seasonal clothes i.e. winter clothes in summer and summer clothes in winter; for bulky sports equipment like windsurfers or surfboards; as a temporary storage space while decorating or remodelling your home; storing recreational vehicles such as jet skis, boats, caravans, motor cycles etc; and to make your house look tidier and less full of clutter when you are trying to sell it.
Self-storage is one of those commodities that you can live without until you get it, and then you have no idea how you survived so long without it. The reasons that you use self-storage may change over time. You may even find your needs increasing so that you have to start renting a bigger unit. Whatever your reasons are, self-storage is infinitely useful and, as a lack of living space continues to become a human issue, extra storage space will become increasingly popular.