Why and how to use self storage?

April 18, 2011

Lots of people in the United Kingdom need self-storage but don’t actually know what it is or how to use it!

They may have homes or flats, full of personal belongings that they don’t use every day, but want to keep for the time being in a safe and convenient place. Or they might also have a business, or offices that are overflowing with paperwork, documentation, company records, archives, or even seasonal stock; that they need to keep but don’t want to be tripping over on a daily basis!

‘Why would I need self-storage?’

Self-storage centres and facilities have sprung up all over the United Kingdom during the past fifteen years, creating solutions to all sorts of problems around the home and business. People use this sort of service for many types of personal and business reasons. They may be moving house and might need temporary storage for just a few weeks. If they do their local storage centre will be able to help them with a short term solution at the lowest cost. Many people also use self-storage when going to live aboard or to travel or even when going backpacking. They will put their household belongings and furniture in a storage facility – safe in the knowledge that their goods will be there just as they left them – when they return from their trip overseas. Or it might be that you have a business that carries large amounts of stock, in which case you could use self-storage to store the stock until needed. Mini-warehousing and pallet storage is available at most reputable facilities and especially at the larger more modern centres.

‘That’s all very well, but how do I use self-storage?’

Easy! Just give your local storage centre a phone call to discuss your needs and to get a free quote, or even just drop into your nearest centre for a look around. If you’re not sure where your closest facility is, have a look at the storage locations section on our website.

So you’ve found out where your nearest ‘Big Friendly Storage Centre’ is, and you are about to pop down there for a cup of tea and a tour of the facility, but before you leave are their any items that you need to take with you to arrange your storage solution? Yes, there are a couple of items that you need to take with you and a few things that you need to consider on the way. The first thing you will need to take with you if you are thinking that you will need storage on the day is a form of photo ID. Modern self-storage facilities are very secure and provide some form of photo ID (passport/driving license / armed forces ID) that helps to keep them that way. The other important thing that you will need to take with you to the storage centre is a way to pay for the services – we take debit/credit card and cash. You may also want to consider what items you want to put into storage, like this with dictating the size of the storage unit or room that you require. If you are unsure or just want more information; call your local centre to talk free to our experts on 0800 587 3322 about your storage needs.

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