Pros and Cons of Different Self-Storage Options
People increasingly up and down the country are hiring out self-storage units to solve their storage problems. Whether you’re trying to de-clutter your home to make it more spacious, or need to put items into storage in order to make it more attractive to potential buyers, or you just require temporary storage when you’re in between moving homes – whatever your reason for requiring storage is, there will be a service that is suitable for you. Below are the pros and cons of 3 different types of self-storage: indoor, outdoor, and removal self-storage.Indoor warehouse self-storageThese are the most commonly hired out self-storage units. No matter where you reside in the country, there should be one of these warehouses within driving distance of you.Pros: - Security: A good, reputable warehouse self-storage company will have round the clock guards, CCTV cameras, alarms and fences which mean your items will be protected against any wrong doers.- Protection against the elements: As these units are inside, you need not worry about them being adversely affected by weather conditions. All units will be kept at an optimum temperate.- Price: Hiring out a 25 foot square unit for a month shouldn’t cost you anymore than £40. - Flexibility: If at any time you need to take your items out of storage, you’ll be able to.Cons- Not suitable for heavy items: As units may be up a considerable flight of stairs, if you need to store a heavy item – such as a sofa or a wardrobe – physically getting it to your storage unit could be a very hard task indeed.Outdoors container storageThese storage containers are, usually, steel shipping containers. Outdoor storage companies will have a variety of sizes of containers, meaning no matter how much or how little you need to store, there will be an option for you.Pros- Easy Access: As the steel storage containers are outside, most outdoor storage units will have vehicle access to them. This means that you can drive straight up your storage unit and then unload your items for storage – perfect if you have intend on storing heavy items.- Security: Although the security for outdoor complexes is not as comprehensive as it is for indoor complexes, most outdoor security complexes will boast cameras, fences, and alarms at least.- Price: The price for outdoor storage is often cheaper than it is for indoor storage.- Flexibility: Like for indoor storage complexes, if you require access to your items at any time during the day, you should be able to do so.Cons: - Items are at the whim of the weather: As the units are outside, they will get hot in the summer and cold in the winter, meaning that items that may be damaged if the atmospheric conditions are subject to chance should not be stored in here.Removal StorageRemoval storage is often used when you are temporarily in need of somewhere to store your furniture, kitchen appliances, and whatever else when you are in the process of moving homes. A self-storage service is usually offered by good, reputable removal companies.Pros: - It is transported for you: if you’ve hired a removal company to help you with transporting everything you own, if you need to use their storage service they will transport all your items to their self-storage warehouse for youCons:- Not suitable for long term storage: As this sort of storage is provided by removal companies, it has a temporary nature to it. It shouldn’t be used for any long-term storage needs, just for when you need temporary refuge for your items.