Self-Storage FAQs

Self storage FAQs

What is self-storage?

Self-storage is a way of keeping possessions in a safe place away from home, usually in a personally allocated, locked room or cupboard; this allows houses to be kept free from clutter, and for valuable belongings to be kept safe when there is nowhere else they can be stored. 

Why choose self-storage?

Self-storage is particularly popular amongst people who are moving house and who temporarily have no home to store their possessions. It is also useful for university students who must vacate their rooms during the holidays but whose home is too far to conveniently bring all of their belongings back to. 

For what period of time can self-storage be used?

Usually, self-storage facilities are hired out on a medium to long-term basis, though certain businesses offer short-term storage for time periods of less than one week. 

What can and cannot be stored?

Self-storage is normally used to store general household and business items. To ensure the safety of those who use the building, however, highly flammable or explosive items such as fireworks and petrol are often not allowed. Equally, illegal or stolen items will be forbidden from being stored in self-storage. 

What sizes of items can be stored?

All sizes of belongings can be kept in self-storage, with many companies offering a range of room sizes in addition to locker-sized smaller spaces. On average, a self-storage unit measures 80 square feet. 

How is self-storage usually priced?

Most self-storage companies will offer a wide range of unit sizes for many different time periods. Therefore, it is not possible to give a generic price of self-storage. Instead, it is advisable to contact a local company for a quote. You can contact Nationwide Storage for a quote today and our friendly team will be happy to help you find the right storage for your needs.

Is it easy to access items in self-storage?

Some self-storage companies in the UK offer 24/7 access to belongings, though these are generally the larger businesses which employ security personnel throughout the day and night. For security reasons, smaller businesses often cannot permit access to storage units during the night. It is worth double checking with the individual company. 

Must private insurance be taken out?

Yes. It is rare that belongings kept in self-storage will be insured under a home policy, and many companies require insurance to be taken out on stored items. Often, self-storage companies will be able to recommend appropriate insurance policies. 

Are self-storage units secure?

It is a legal requirement of all self-storage sites to have a CCTV system, as well as a secure perimeter. The companies must also adhere to all fire and safety regulations. 

How can I find a nearby self-storage business?

It is easiest to research self-storage facilities online where you can look up what kind of storage they offer. When choosing a facility, if you see they have accreditations, memberships or testimonials this is a good indicator of their professionalism.

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