Self-Storage: Keeping Your Things Safe

Aspects to Consider When Choosing a Self-Storage Unit

Whether you're moving house and need temporary storage or want to downsize and are looking for a long-term option, you can hire a self-storage unit. Here are some aspects to consider when searching for the right place.


The security of the facility you choose is paramount, with its main task being to keep your goods safe. You will notice that companies offer various security features. Some companies may provide 24-hour surveillance so that any breaches will alert a person on-site or at a security company.

Other possible security steps include alarms on individual storage units. Secure fencing and lighting are also important to deter trespassers from breaking into the premises.

Additionally, consider security in terms of how a company controls access. Do you need to use a key pass or a scanner to get inside, for example? Both of these methods limit access and keep the premises safer.


Another factor to consider when choosing a self-storage unit is the access hours it offers; though, if you're storing items for the long term or don't need frequent access, this may not be as relevant.

Some premises offer 24/7 access, while others provide limited hours, from early in the morning to late in the evening, for example, from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Other companies can offer restricted hours on set days. In some places, you may need to make an appointment to get to your stored items. This option tends to increase security.

A facility's location also affects its ease of access. If you will be visiting regularly, a nearby company will be convenient. On the other hand, you might find a cheaper unit at an out-of-the-way facility that is less popular.


When looking for a self-storage unit, choose the right-sized unit, somewhere that can fit all your stuff without too much free space. To figure out the most accurate size, take an inventory of everything you want to store, dividing the items into categories such as boxes and furniture. Measure the size of the largest item, say a couch, to make sure it will fit within the storage unit. You can use an online calculator to work out the appropriate size. You will need to input accurate information, though, to get a good suggestion.

Also consider whether you will want to store additional items as you go, in which case you will need to allow for growth. Otherwise, you will have to find a bigger unit at some point.

Typically, you will have a choice of smaller self-storage units that can contain boxes or sports equipment and maybe a small piece of furniture. Medium units can hold furniture from a compact apartment. Larger storage units are available that can contain the contents of an entire house and more, including vehicles.

For more information on storage units, contact a company near you.