Self-Storage FAQ’s Everything you Need to Know

Self-storage FAQ’s – Find out everything you need to know from the Smartmove Experts

Our Self-storage FAQ’s will give you all the information you need to know, whether you are looking for furniture storage, general belongings storage, business storage, document storage short or long term.

What is storage?

Storage is when you don’t have space for an item and you want to store it so you can use it at a later date. Generally, storage is when belongings are packed into a container or containers and they are kept in a secure and dry location for long periods and when you don’t need access to it. Some companies will offer collection and delivery as a service if you need it.

What is self-storage?

Self-storage tends to be used you want to store items that you still need to be able to access when you need or want to. It could be when you are moving house and you want to store furniture or boxes if you don’t have the room in your new home or whilst you get settled, you might want to clear some space in your home or garage, when you are renovating or redecoration your home or office and you don’t want your items to be damaged whilst it’s going on. Self-storage is a more cost-effective, flexible solution for short or long term needs compared to container storage in a warehouse type storage unit.

Self-storage can be varied in size and can be short or long term and the cost will depend on all of this. Access should be available at all times with either a key, security code or by pre-arrangement. Some companies will offer collection and delivery as a service if you need it.

What is the difference between storage and self-storage?

Storage is normally for items that you want to store for longer periods of time and you don’t need to have access to it compared to self-storage which is a unit that you can access whenever you need to.

What types of storage are there?

There are 3 main types of storage, storage, self-storage and document storage. Storage is when belongings are loaded into a container or pallet and stored long term in a warehouse type facility where you cannot access it. Self-storage is normally individual units that you can arrange your belongings in and access it when you need to. It can be short or long term and will be a highly secure facility. Document storage is a storage option for documents that you don’t need access to regularly and it gives you an option for freeing up space in your workplace.


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