Lots of people are using self storage facilities to keep excess possessions safe, provide extra space during a house move, or even as the headquarters of a small business. In these uncertain economic times they are one industry that’s definitely on the rise.
As with all things in life, you can use them well or poorly, and we’re here today with some tips for getting the best use out of your storage space.
When you’re considering taking a storage unit, make sure you shop around, as you would with any other financial decision.
If you’re looking at self storage London has plenty of options, and even smaller towns have a few competing storage firms so you can make sure you’re getting the best option.
If your preferred option doesn’t have the best price (maybe it’s in a better location for you, for example) let them know you’ve found a better price elsewhere and you may be able to convince them to lose a little more off their bill to secure your custom.
If you know you’re going to be using this storage unit in the long term – in the order of months and years, rather than days and weeks – discuss this in your initial negotiations. You may be able to secure special terms if you can guarantee you’ll be with the company over a long period. You’ll be offering reliable revenue to them for a long time, and that could be worth either a discount or an upgrade in space or your facilities.
Look into the insurance options offered by your storage company: if there isn’t a level of coverage included in the price, see if it’s available as an extra service and factor this into your budget. The purpose of a storage facility is to keep your items secure. If that should fail, you need to make sure someone can take responsibility for that.
Don’t just hurriedly throw all of your things into your storage bay and lock the door, however tempting that might be.
If you put some thought into your packing you can take the pain out of retrieving things from storage when you need them.
Hold back your most used items till the end so you can pack them nearer the door. It makes sense to pack the things you’re not going to want away at the back so they aren’t in your way when you’re trying to get to the things you use regularly.