If you’re selling your home, moving away for a while, decluttering your house, in search or good business storage solution or just need extra storage space for items that you want to keep safe for a while, you’re going to need to hire yourself some space at a local self-storage facility near you.
There are a few things you may want to consider in your decision making process including: Can the storage usit be shared with friends or family? Do you need long term or short term storage facilities? Will you need access to your stored items 24-7 and do they need to be stored nearby? Are there restrictions on the items you wish to put in storage? How secure are the premises used for storage? Do you need to consider storage unit size for any larger items? or does your budget meet the typical costs of a storage unit?
We’ve put this guide together to help inform you of the things you may want to consider when choosing the self-storage solution that best fits your needs.
1 - Location
If you’re going to need regular access to your stored items then location is going to be a big factor in your decision making process. Choosing a facility that’s in a convenient location definitely makes the most sense.
If however you are only going to need access to your items occasionally then the storage location isn’t going to be as important to you.
A&A Self Storage is one of the leading domestic and commercial storage companies in London, we offer an extensive range of self-storage options at highly competitive prices in Camden, Kings Cross and Watford which conveniently cover the London postcode areas of NW5, N7 and WD24. Our fully alarmed storage facilities are also fully protected by extensive CCTV coverage, making them the ideal option for keeping your possessions safe and secure.
We are well known for our first class customer service and we tailor our storage solutions to fit with your requirements, giving you utmost flexibility and convenience.
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2 - Cost
Price and budgeting for your self-storage solution is obviously going to be a factor, it’s worth bearing in mind though that the lowest quote may not always be the most suitable option, especially if security or location of the self-storage unit are your other two main priorities. You’ll also need to budget for any deposits and check if the contracts require or include any other fees.
There are also bound to be introductory offers that you can take advantage of as a new customer, just check the offer covers your needs and requirements and what the rates are when the offer expires.
3 - Security
Making sure your stored possessions are kept in a safe, secure, dry and fire protected storage unit is paramount. You’ll want to make sure your unit is well monitored by CCTV and protected with fire alarms and that it’s also dry and safe.
Questions you can ask include: Do the self storage units have security guards 24-7? Am I the sole key holder to my self storage unit? Are the CCTV cameras monitored 24 hour a day? Are the unit doors sturdy and secure and are they fit for purpose? Do the units have a staffed reception area?
4 - Size & suitability
Depending on the size and amount of the items you want to store will determine the size of the self storage unit you opt for. It may seem like an obvious statement to make but it’s an important question to ask any prospective self storage provider if they have units that are a suitable size for your purposes. It’s also good to bear in mind if you will require additional space in the future to accommodate more items, is it a simple procedure to add more space to your storage rental agreement, or even reduce the size if you’ve taken some of the items out of storage.
Ask the self storage company what their guidelines are for the following items to make sure their facilities are suitable for the following types of items:
– Archive documents
– Office equipment
– Business storage
– Student storage
– Household furniture
– Excess commercial stock
– Antique items
5 - Opening times
You will to consider whether the opening times suit your personal needs, for example if you need access to your unit outside of normal business hours, does the storage facility accommodate out of office hours?
Some facilities offer 24-hour access or access on bank holidays and weekends, which is ideal if you work unusual or long hours.So be sure to check the exact opening hours as some facilities may be closed or have reduced access, particularly on banks holidays or Sundays.
Emergency access is also another factor worth bearing consideration, whether a facility can open for extra time following prior arrangement and if this would incur an additional charge, you may need to access a vital document or item at an unusual time of day for example.
That concludes our top tips, we hope you have found it useful, please feel free to share this article with anyone you think will benefit from our advice.
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