• What are the types of storage facilities

  • Whether you’re planning a simple office relocation or refurbishment, having reliable storage facilities is necessary. Considering the many storage options available it can be quite confusing to choose the right storage space to rent. The type of storage facility you choose should be safe for your belongings. Your needs will dictate the type of storage facility that will suit you best.

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    You can choose between a self-storage facility or full-service storage. With full-service storage, you won’t have any work in your hands because the facilities will take care of moving your belongings. They’ll have an inventory of your belongings which you can access wherever you are.

    Everything is different when it comes to self-storage. You will be responsible to move your belongings and ensure their safety in the rental unit. Highlighted below are the different types of storage units that you can opt for.

    Types of storage units

    Your storage needs will dictate the type of storage unit that suits you best. Here are a few examples of some of the storage units you can opt for:1.

    1. Outdoor storage

    Outdoor storage with blue shutters

    These are several storage units located within one building but they have outside access. It is a convenient option if you’re moving a lot of items since you can drive up to the door of the unit.

    Unfortunately, it isn’t the best option if you want to protect your belongings against any weather elements because of the limited climate control. This means depending on the types of packaging used, your belongings can easily be exposed to dampness or dust.

    2. Indoor storage

    Indoor storage with a blue shutters

    Indoor storage units do not have any direct access from outside, thus guaranteeing the protection of your items from any elements. You won’t have to worry about your belongings being exposed whenever you open the door.

    3. Warehouse storage

    Large warehouse storage facility

    Also known as commercial storage, warehouses are suitable for storing large items. They also have loading docks for loading and offloading heavy items for easy access and there’s also ample storage space.

    4. Climate controlled storage

    If you are planning on moving items like antiques, furniture, electronics, or even art pieces among other things, then this is an option that you can consider. The units are insulated thus ensuring added protection of climate control for your sensitive belongings.

    5. Portable storage container

    Also known as mobile storage, this is a common option for people who are moving and require short-term storage for their stuff. The storage containers are kept in a warehouse and you get limited access to your items once they’re kept there. This would also be ideal if you were moving something like a piano which would need to be in storage temporarily. However, this would imply you’ll incur extra charges on the overall cost of moving a piano.

    What should I consider when choosing a storage unit

    Some of the things that you should put into consideration when deciding which storage unit works best for you include the following:

    • The duration that you will need to hire the storage unit.
    • The amount of space you’ll need. You certainly don’t want to hire a smaller unit than what you’ll need.
    • Your budget. You should always consider the cost and whether you can afford the unit.
    • Ensure the safety of your belongings by determining the level of security.
    • Always look at customer reviews from previous clients before renting space to store your items.

    It is evident that there’s plenty you need to consider if you’re thinking of renting any extra space for storing your stuff. Ensuring the security of your items is paramount. You also do not want to have any interruptions to your business as a result of working with someone who is incompetent. Whether it’s a domestic move, renovation or perhaps a commercial relocation project, you need to ensure that you work with qualified and reliable storage companies.