An increasing number of people are turning to third-party storage solutions but what are the two different kinds and which is best?
So as the name suggests, self-storage is a type of storage where you do most of the work. You simply rent a space in a warehouse or a small storage unit outdoors and can store whatever you like for as long as you decide. In some situations, you may have 24-hour access and can access your belongings whenever you would like. You are however entirely responsible for deciding how much space you need to rent, moving your goods into the storage unit as well as protecting your belongings, for example fitting a heavy-duty lock.
Containerised storage can be a much more efficient method of storing your belongings. Usually, you would rent a container in which professional packers come and pack your belongings for you. The inventory of your belongings is then sealed and stored within a secure storage unit to be stored alongside similar containers. With containerised storage, the warehouse tends to have round the clock security and to remove your belongings you must schedule an appointment. Here at Hartgrove Bros, we are proud to offer our own containerised storage in conjunction with our nationwide removal service.
The main benefit of self-storage is spontaneous access. You can also select different sizes of units depending on what you need and you don’t need to schedule an appointment if you decide to go. The trade-off for the flexibility, however, is that anyone with a unit has unsupervised access to the facility and the security is much less than that of containerised storage. You are also wholly responsible for moving your goods to the storage unit and packing them in, whereas with containerised storage it is done by a professional team in the most efficient manner possible.
Containerised storage is typically much cheaper than self-storage. You also benefit from knowing that your goods are protected by top-level security year-round, only storage staff can enter the warehouse and if any of the owners wish to retrieve their goods an appointment must be made. Here at Hartgrove Bros we both collect and deliver your container when an appointment is set. Your container is securely stored and sealed and you have a complete index of all of the items you have stored. You also benefit from the way professionals stack your containers ensuring that space is used as efficiently as possible. With containerised storage, you are only paying for the container space you use as the staff will consolidate your goods.
Self-storage units are best suited for someone looking for a short term flexible storage solution. It suits the type of people who want to be able to pop in and out to get something they have stored regularly, it is also becoming increasingly popular among those with hobby items too large to store in their house, such as sporting equipment.
Containerised storage is much better suited to those looking for a more organised and managed storage solution with an added layer of security. It suits those who aren’t interested in dealing with putting their items into a unit nor the removal and are happy to pass it over to a team of professionals. It is also better for those looking for extra peace of mind knowing their goods are stored in a secure location with top security. It’s very popular with people who are moving into rented accommodation between purchased homes for storing their belongings.
We can provide either long or short term storage in our modern purpose-built warehouse. You can feel secure with Hartgrove Bros, contact us today to find out more.