Self storage is a growing industry, and more and more people are organising their life by renting space to house a wide variety of items that can clutter our homes and offices.
Moving house, running a small business, renovating – these are all common situations where people often need extra storage space. However, many people just like having extra space for all those items that we can’t easily fit into our home or workplace. From garden furniture and sports equipment to files and stock, self storage can really help keep things in order and the overflow under control.
There are a variety of storage options available, so it is important to choose a suitable company that has the right credentials and facilities to ensure that your goods are well looked after. You need to make it as convenient as possible for you to access your goods whenever you need them and have confidence that you are dealing with a trusted organisation.
So, here are a few things to consider.
Does the company have a good reputation? Look for membership of industry bodies such as the Self Storage Association. Perhaps it is a Which Trusted Trader organisation or has good online reviews. Is it a long-standing firm with a strong trading record? All these things can be pointers that your goods are in safe hands.
You want to make sure that your possessions are safe and secure. Therefore, top notch security with things like pin number access, CCTV, fire and intruder alarms linked to a private security company and the emergency services, are a must.
You never know when you might need to get to your possessions, therefore, 24 hour access, seven days a week has it covered. Perhaps you work long or unusual hours or maybe you like to get up early and get organised. Make sure your facility offers the access you need so that you can get your possessions when you want them.
Indoor with good facilities
Surroundings are important to us, whether during our work or leisure time. Purpose-built, indoor storage facilities offer many advantages not least because, at certain times of the year, it is nice to out of the wind and rain! However, you need to also consider whether the building where you store is clean, tidy and well lit. Is it easy to access and, if you drive, is there plenty of parking? Are there good facilities such as lifts, trolleys, toilets?
Helpful and professional staff
Dealing with friendly, professional people who know what they are doing really can make a difference to your day. It is important that you feel that staff will be helpful if you have any queries… and if they have a sense of humour too, well, that’s a bonus!
Other services and added value
Some firms offer a range of other services that might be useful to you now or in the future. This might include removals, help with lifting or loading, shredding services or the benefit of a business lounge with drinks facilities and wi fi. Check out what other facilities are on offer.
Flexible terms and conditions
Make sure you understand the notice period and payment options. Also take into consideration any insurance needs. A reputable company will communicate all this to you clearly. If you are unsure, ask them to explain it again.
If you would like further help or need storage advice, then please feel free to call us at Yeates Removals and Self Storage. We are a local, family run firm that has been in business for more than 100 years. We are opening a new purpose-built self storage facility at Weston Gateway Business Park and we would love to show you around!