How to Find a Storage Unit—Tips for Choosing the Right One

Finding the right storage unit might seem daunting at first. However, with a little know-how and some careful consideration, it can be made much simpler. In this guide, we'll give you straightforward tips to help you choosee the perfect storage solution for your needs.

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27/03/2024

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How to Find a Storage Unit—Tips for Choosing the Right One

Finding the right storage unit might seem daunting at first. However, with a little know-how and some careful consideration, it can be made much simpler. In this guide, we'll give you straightforward tips to help you choosee the perfect storage solution for your needs.

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The hunt is on! Our storage experts will tell you how to find the perfect unit.

Navigating the world of storage can be tough. With so many providers vying for your hard-earned cash, and so many different specifications to sift through, it can make you dizzy! Never fear! We're here to make things simple for you.

Let's dive into how to find the perfect self storage unit.

Understand your storage needs

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Before diving into the search for a storage unit, take a moment to assess what you'll be storing. This step is key to determining not just how much storage space you'll need but also what kind of storage. Whether it's furniture, business inventory, or personal belongings, knowing what you have will steer you in the right direction.

Size matters

Consider how much storage you need, and whether you might need extra space. Factor in room for any additional items you might acquire or need to store unexpectedly. Our storage unit calculator can be your initial size guide, and help you estimate the space required for your belongings.

Location

For short term storage especially, make sure you pick a self storage operator that's located close to you. This choice will save you time and reduce the hassle of accessing your items when needed.

For Londoners seeking storage space, advanced HOLD's King's Cross facility makes storage a breeze. Being located next to the city's biggest transport hub might have something to do with it!

Access needs

Think about how often you'll need to access your items. If you'll be stopping by frequently, a location closer to your home or office might be more convenient. HOLD provides 24/7 access (agreed upon in advance) so you can always access your self storage units.

Long-term vs. short-term storage

Reflect on the duration you plan to use the storage unit. Long-term storage might require different considerations, such as the flexibility of the contract terms.

Special item requirements

Are you storing items that have unique needs (such as musical instruments or frame pictures) that require a stable temperature? Identifying these requirements early can steer you toward facilities that cater to these specific needs.

Research your options

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Now you clearly understand your self storage requirements, you can start looking into your options. Not all self storage facilities offer the same types of units or amenities, so it's important to do your homework.

Check out different storage operators

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Remember, today there are many self storage facilities to choose from. Before jumping the gun, carefully assess the differences between storage providers in your local area.

Security and accessibility

Ensure the facility offers secure, convenient access to your unit. This might mean 24/7 access or enhanced security features.

Explore size options and flexibility

Facilities offer a range of unit sizes from small lockers to large rooms. Ensure the facility can accommodate if you need to change unit sizes, offering flexibility as your needs evolve.

Look for special features or services

Some facilities offer climate-controlled units, which are essential for sensitive items like electronics or antiques. Others might provide moving and packing supplies on-site, or even van rental services to help with transportation. These added conveniences can significantly enhance your storage experience.

Explore insurance options

Investigate whether storage facilities offer their own insurance or if they require you to provide proof of your own. Understanding the coverage options, such as protection against theft, natural disasters, and damage, can significantly affect your peace of mind and the safety of your stored items.

Compare prices and reviews

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With so many storage providers available, it's worth carefully comparing prices and checking customer feedback. Cost is always major consideration, but the cheapest option isn't always the best value. Look for the best deal that offers a balance between cost, location, and services provided.

Read customer feedback – Customer reviews can provide insights into the quality of the storage facilities and customer service.

Ask about promotions – Some storage facilities offer first-month free deals or discounts for long-term commitments. Don't hesitate to ask for the best price or any current promotions.

Check contract terms and hidden fees – Look into each facility's rental agreement for flexibility and any extra charges, such as administrative fees or insurance requirements. This can influence the total value and convenience of your storage choice.

Visit the facility

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If possible, visit the self storage facility before making a decision. This lets you screen the unit sizes in person, assess the security measures, and get a feel for the facility's overall convenience and cleanliness.

Personal inspection – Check the cleanliness and maintenance of both the unit and the facility. This visit can also help you gauge the friendliness and helpfulness of the staff.

Ask questions – Use this opportunity to clarify any concerns you might have about the contract, insurance, or payment terms. HOLD's storage experts are always happy to answer any questions you might have (even if you don't choose us for your storage needs).

Making the final decision

Armed with the right information and a clear understanding of your storage needs, you're now in a good position to make an informed decision. Remember, the right unit for you is one that matches your specific needs in terms of space, security, location, and price.

Finding self storage units doesn't have to be complicated. By following these simple steps and keeping your needs foremost, you can secure a storage space that offers peace of mind and convenience.

HOLD will help you find the perfect storage unit

Based in the heart of Kings Cross, HOLD is a self storage facility with a twist. We put customers first and streamline your storage journey, making it easy to secure the perfect unit for your needs.

With a wide range of sizes and flexible options, we're dedicated to providing you with self storage that's affordable and convenient. Ready to declutter your life or make that big move? Contact us for a free quote today and discover how easy it is to get started with HOLD self storage.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does storage work at HOLD?

Self-storage works by renting a storage unit or space for a specified period. You can store your belongings in the unit and access them whenever you need. It's like having your own personal storage space away from home.

How much is storage per month UK?

A small unit usually costs around £40-£65 per month, while a larger unit can range from £130-£180 per month. These prices are just averages and actual costs may vary depending on storage location and on the factors mentioned earlier. For more insight, check out our article on UK self storage costs.

How do I choose the right storage unit size?

Selecting the right storage unit size involves assessing your storage needs, including the amount and type of items you need to store. It's also wise to think about future needs, as you may acquire more items that need storage. Opting for a slightly larger unit can provide flexibility and prevent the need to move to a bigger unit later.

What should I look for in a storage facility?

Key factors to consider when choosing a storage facility include location, security, access hours, and price. A facility close to your home or office can offer convenience, while robust security measures like CCTV, gated access, and individual alarms ensure the safety of your belongings.

Also, check if the facility provides 24/7 access if you need to visit your unit outside regular hours.

How much notice do I have to give on my HOLD storage unit?

We require one month's notice; unused rent and deposit are refunded upon checkout.

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