By: Scott Meyers

For many people, self-storage is still a mystery even with the self-storage centres that are always popping up.  The inner workings of a self-storage unit are not actually that mysterious and they are fairly routine.  If you need to make a bit of space in your home, you should look at the basics of self-storage before you decide to get rid of things.For many people, self-storage is still a mystery even with the self-storage centres that are always popping up.  The inner workings of a self-storage unit are not actually that mysterious and they are fairly routine.  If you need to make a bit of space in your home, you should look at the basics of self-storage before you decide to get rid of things.

How Does Self Storage Work?

While self-storage is relatively new in the UK, it is not hard to understand as it allows you to use a storage facility as your own.  Self-storage centres in places like Hemel will have a range of different storage sizes that you can hire from them.  Self-storage is like having a spare room, a garage or a warehouse that is close to your home.  You will be able to go in and out of the location as often as you want to.

The benefit of self-storage facilities is that they are generally more secure than these other spaces.  You will be able to store items from your home or office in the storage space.  You can also increase or decrease the space that you rent when you need to.

What Can You Store?

You can store most things in your storage unit.  The most common items stored include furniture, Christmas decorations, business items, seasonal clothing and sundry items.  There are only a few limits on what you are able to store and you will generally only be restricted by the size of the unit.

Are There Things That You Cannot Store?

There are some things that storage centres will not allow you to store in their units.  It is important to note that each centre is different and will have a different list of banned items.  However, there is a general list that you can use which are usually prohibited:

  • Flammable liquids
  • Cash and securities
  • Animals and plants
  • Aerosol cans
  • Gas canisters
  • Radioactive materials
  • Firearms and ammunition
  • Pollutants, waste or contaminated goods
  • Explosives
  • Hazardous or toxic products
  • Perishable goods

Who Will Have Access to Your Unit?

Your storage unit will only be accessed by you.  All self-storage units will be locked with a padlock and you will be provided with the key.  Some storage centres will sell the locks to you while others require you to bring your own.  While the storage unit is located in the centre, the centre does not actually have access to it while you are using it.

Most storage facilities will also have security measures in place to ensure that only you access your unit.  This will include 24-hour CCTV and other security systems which are linked to a central monitoring post.

How Long Can You Rent a Unit For?

The length of time that you can rent a unit for will vary depending on the centre.  Some centres allow you to rent units for as short as a week to as long as you need it.  Most storage rental contracts will be done by the month and you have control over how long you keep the unit.  There are some people who use storage units for years while other people use it only for a week while they are moving home.

Do You Need Insurance?

Insurance is generally compulsory for all self-storage customers.  You can arrange to take out your own policy or you can use the storage company’s insurance.  A lot of insurance companies will now cover goods that are held in self-storage facilities so you should look at your current insurance policy.

Can You Use Storage For Business?

This is something that a lot of people are doing and you can too.  Using self-storage for business can be done in a few ways.  You can use the unit to store paperwork or you can use it as a small warehouse to keep goods and parts that you need for your business.