Navigating Your Storage Options

When storing your belongings, choosing the right type of storage solution is crucial. Two popular options are self storage units and container storage, each with its own benefits. As a provider primarily focused on self storage, we aim to help you understand these options better, especially for those looking for "container storage."
 

What is Self storage?

Self storage offers a secure, personal space that you can rent to store your belongings. These units are part of a larger facility, providing a range of sizes and features to accommodate a variety of storage needs. Access to self storage units is typically available on a more flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends, ensuring you can get to your items when it suits you best.

Corridor inside self storage facility with numbered blue doors and polished floors.
 

What is Container Storage?

Container storage involves renting a metal container unit, often situated in an outdoor space/field. These containers offer a straightforward, no-frills storage solution. While they can be suitable for various storage requirements, they often lack the amenities and flexibility found with self storage units.

Row of green container storage units with secure metal latches.
 

Why Self Storage Might Be the Better Choice

While we do offer some external container storage solutions at some of our facilities, our focus on self storage stems from its several advantages over container options:

Accessibility: Our self storage facilities are designed with your convenience in mind, offering unlimited daily access during our store opening hours that container storage often cannot match.

Security: We invest heavily in security measures like CCTV surveillance, staffed receptions, gated access, and intruder alarms, providing peace of mind that container storage might not offer.

Flexibility: Our self storage solutions offer a range of unit sizes and flexible contract terms, allowing you to choose the right amount of space for your needs, without the rigidity often associated with container storage sizes and rental periods.

Indoor Access and External Roller Doors: Unlike container storage, which is primarily outdoor, many of our units, including those with roller doors, provide protection from the elements and a more comfortable experience during visits.

Services and Amenities: Our self storage facilities offer additional services like trolleys, pallet trucks, package acceptance, and even office spaces for rent, enhancing your storage experience beyond the basic offering of container storage. We also have boxes and packaging materials available to purchase in our receptions.

Customer Service: With staff on-site during business hours, we're ready to assist with any questions or needs, offering a level of personal service that container storage solutions often lack.

Customer service representative on call, trolley bay with blue trolleys, and mounted security camera for safety.
 

When is Self Storage Preferable?

Self storage is particularly beneficial if you need flexible access to your belongings, value security, or desire additional amenities and services. It's ideal for those needing more regular access or a customisable storage experience, such as;
  • Moving to a New Home: Provides a temporary space for belongings between move-out and move-in dates.
  • Downsizing: Offers a solution to keep items when moving to a smaller space.
  • Business Inventory Management: Ideal for storing excess inventory, promotional materials, or seasonal goods.
  • Home Renovations: Safeguards furniture and personal items from dust and damage during remodelling projects, like kitchen or bathroom renovations.
  • Seasonal Storage: Stores seasonal items such as holiday decorations, winter sports equipment, or summer patio furniture.
  • Life Transitions: Helps during major life changes such as marriage, divorce, or the death of a loved one, when you need to store personal belongings temporarily.
  • College/University Breaks: Perfect for students needing to store belongings between semesters or during summer breaks.
  • Travel: Secure storage for personal items while on extended travel or sabbaticals.
  • Hobby and Sports Equipment: Stores bulky sports equipment, craft supplies, or hobby materials that aren't used regularly.
  • Document and Record Storage: Provides a climate-controlled environment for important documents or collections, such as records, comics, or books.
  • Wedding Gifts: Keeps wedding gifts and other valuables safe until you're ready to move or make space for them at home.
  • Baby Preparation: Stores furniture and baby items in anticipation of a new arrival or when making room for a nursery.
  • Estate Management: Offers a place to keep belongings while sorting through an estate or preparing items for sale or distribution.
 

Deciding Between Self Storage and Container Storage: Key Questions to Consider

Deciding between a storage unit and container storage involves considering various factors to ensure you choose the option that best fits your needs.

Here are some questions to ask yourself that can help guide your decision:

1. How often will I need to access my stored items?
Frequent access suggests a self storage unit might be more convenient, especially if you need to retrieve items outside standard business hours.

2. How much space do I really need?
Consider the size and number of items you need to store. Self storage facilities often offer a wider range of unit sizes than container storage options.

3. Is security a major concern for me?
Evaluate the importance of security features like CCTV, intruder alarms, and on-site staff, which are more commonly found at self storage facilities.

4. How long do I plan to store my items?
If you're looking at long-term storage, assess the cost-effectiveness and convenience of both options, including any long-term discounts.

5. Will I require any additional services?
Consider whether you'll need services such as package acceptance, moving supplies, or the use of equipment like trolleys and pallet trucks, which are typically offered by self storage facilities.

6. Do I need an indoor or outdoor storage solution?
Determine if your items can be stored outside or if they need indoor storage protection to safeguard against weather conditions.

7. What is my budget?
Compare the costs, including promotional offers or additional fees, to see which option provides better value for your storage needs.

8. How important is location and convenience?
Think about how crucial the location is to you, especially if you'll need to access the storage frequently or at short notice.

9. Am I preparing for a specific life event?
If you're facing a situation like moving, home renovation or welcoming a new family member, consider which storage option best aligns with these temporary needs.

Reflecting on these questions should clarify whether a self storage unit or container storage is the more suitable choice for your storage requirements.
 

Conclusion

While container storage can be a suitable option for straightforward, less sensitive storage needs, self storage provides a comprehensive solution that caters to a wider range of requirements. Whether you're moving, decluttering, or need additional space for personal or business use, our self storage facilities offer the security, flexibility, and convenience to meet your needs.

If you've decided that self storage is the right solution for your storage needs, take the next step towards a clutter-free life with us. Get a personalized quote above, or get in touch with our team for expert advice and support. You can contact us by phone at 0800 444 800, email us at customerservice@safestore.co.uk, or chat with us live on our website. Our dedicated team is ready to assist you with all your storage needs.





 
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