These days, more and more people are using Self Storage to keep their belongings safe while they move house, decluttering – or simply in need of some extra space.
Making use of Storage solutions can have a number of benefits, which could be helping to reduce stress and lower the need of Anxiety on a moving day, or trying to find those luck old pair of trainers that Mum asked you to throw away weeks ago. With various options out there, it can be difficult to know which type of Storage is right for you. Here are some of the pros and cons of Self Storage and Container storage.
Self Storage offers managed storage of all your possessions, either in a modern, purpose-built facility or a converted building, in an accessible location such as Doncaster, Thorne, Bessacarr, etc. A Self Storage facility generally consists of a large number of individual units, sometimes housed on different floors linked by a series of lifts.
Normally, as the main key holder you will have primary access to all of your belongings, which can offer a greater sense of privacy. However, you will be responsible for all aspects of the storage process, from packing, loading and transporting your possessions and insuring them, down to purchasing an appropriate padlock.
Okay, what about Accessibility? One of the key advantages of Self Storage is that all your belongings are more readily accessible and the facilities are open 7 days’ a week. All sites are managed and secure, some may take temperature-controlled measures to keep things secure for a whole 24/7!
In addition, there can be more flexibility when it comes to the space that’s available to rent, with a variety of different sizes to offer.
What are the costs? Self Storage is the most expensive option. However, on the flip side of Self Storage is that companies have to cover all the extra costs, from fitting out the building, to paying for the additional staffing. Their physically accessible set-up also means that Self Storage facilities often only use 60-65% of the available space.
Taking into account the initial cost of construction or conversion, together with the higher ongoing running costs, and the need for additional space to allow access, and you can often end up paying twice or even three times as much to store your goods!
Another thing to watch out for is that Self Storage companies often offer a discount for an introductory period, after which can rise after certain time – at Blue Box Storage Doncaster, we’re not like that and we stick at the same price as when you joined, making it easier and more cost effective.
Container Self Storage
Containerized storage generally offers storage for your possessions in individual containers, which are housed together within a warehouse or secure compound.
One of the main advantages of container storage is that, unlike with self-storage, there are none of the additional overheads to factor in. Warehouses can also be used to fuller capacity, with some utilising around 90% of the available space for actual storage. This all helps to make the cost of container storage much lower on average than the typical self-storage option.
Cutting out the middleman
Another major advantage of using container storage is that you can potentially use the same company for removing and storing your goods such as Blue Box Storage Units Doncaster, eradicating the need to deal with a third party and making the whole process of moving and storing your things much smoother, simpler and more convenient.
By utilising the storage facilities of your removals company, you can effectively cut out the middleman. Your removals company can offer help with preparing and transporting your goods for storage, and there will be no need to worry about coordinating multiple companies when it comes to moving day.
Part of the package
An established removals company, such as a Master Remover, will be able to offer you secure storage to suit your needs, at a good price. By using their own warehouse facilities, they can keep costs to a minimum, and they should be able to offer a competitive rate as part of your removal package – a rate which remains the same for the duration of the storage period.
And if you do find that you need to access your things, it’s worth talking to your removals company as they may be able to arrange access to your belongings if given a little notice.
Arranging storage through your removals company also means that you’ll be dealing with trained professionals who are used to handling, transporting and storing your prized possessions, helping to take the stress and hard work off your hands, and reducing the risk of any damage (either to yourself, or your possessions!)
An experienced, BAR-approved removals company such as Blue Box Self Storage Doncaster, should also be able to provide packing materials (including strong, quality boxes and tape). Again, there are potential cost savings here, as buying your packing materials from your removals company is often much cheaper than purchasing them from a Self Storage packing shop.
Of course, there will also be plenty of strong, quality removal men on hand offering a full packing service, should you require assistance – helping you to move your belongs from your home and into storage, and later on to their final destination, safely, securely and with a minimum of fuss.
Being realistic about your access needs
When choosing a storage option, it’s helpful to ask yourself how often, and for what purpose, you really think you would need to access your things.
The more limited access offered by container storage means it that it’s not always as easy to gain access to your goods, 24 hours a day. This may be a drawback if you should regularly feel the need to pay a visit to your possessions at two o’clock in the morning!
However, for most people, once they have put their things into storage and closed the door, they won’t actually require constant access to them until the time comes to move them on, so in reality this wouldn’t normally be much of an issue.
On balance, for most people the significantly higher costs involved in self-storage tend to outweigh the benefits of full accessibility. Making use of the storage facilities provided by your removal company offers a simple, no-fuss, cost-effective option for taking care of your worldly goods, in between moves.
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