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How to choose a storage unit

Whether you’re redecorating and need somewhere to store your furniture, moving to a new house and the moving dates don’t quite match up, or you’re decluttering, you may be considering a storage unit.

However, with so many different options on the market, it’s quite a hard decision to choose which storage unit you should get – there are a multitude of sizes, prices and features that storage units can come with. Here’s a handy guide to help you choose.

Finding the right size unit

Storage facilities will often offer a number of different size units to accommodate different items. You’ll find everything from lockers for a few small items to bungalow-sized units, made to house the contents of an entire building.

These units will often be categorised by square feet so, to make things simpler, here are some of the unit sizes you might see and what that space would equate to.

The smallest size that you’ll often see is a 10sq ft unit. This unit would roughly equate to the size of a large garden shed or a triple wardrobe. For that reason, this size unit would usually only be suitable for around 25 boxes’ worth of possessions.

The middle size unit that you’ll see will be around 35sq ft. This roughly equates to around half of a single garage and will be able to accommodate the contents of a double bedroom e.g. a bed, wardrobes, bedside table and some boxes of possessions.

One of the largest sizes you’ll see on the market is the 100sq ft unit, which is around the size of a single garage. Inside this unit, you would be able to fit the average contents of a two-bedroom house.

If you need more help figuring out the sizes of units and what they equate to, check out our storage size estimator.

Finding the right type of unit

Once you’ve figured out what size storage unit you think you’ll need, the next step will be working out whether you need any special features from your unit. If you’re thinking of storing items which need to be kept at a regulated temperature, you’d need to look for a storage facility that offers climate-controlled units.

Similarly, if you were wanting to store a number of high value items, it would be prudent to look for a storage unit that includes high security features, such as locking systems and 24/7 security cameras.

If you simply want somewhere clean, safe and secure for your items, we would recommend a storage facility with indoor units over a container storage, since containers can sometimes be more vulnerable to the elements.

Finally, make sure to check whether there are any restrictions to the storage unit you are considering. Some facilities won’t allow food to be kept in their units and others may restrict plants or firearms.

Finding a unit with the right time frame

When storing items, depending on the purpose of your storage, you may already know how long you need them to be kept in storage. If it’s a short period of time, you’ll need to make sure that the facility you choose has flexible contracts, meaning that you won’t have to pay a year’s rent for the unit, and can move in and out at any time.

If you’re looking for a longer-term storage solution, it’s a good idea to look for a facility that offers good deals on longer contracts, such as discounts when you pay up front for 12 months. Also, make sure that you can continue storing for longer, and won’t have to move out after a certain period of time.

Find a unit that fits your budget

No one wants to be paying through the teeth for a storage unit so it’s important to research the prices of storage units in your area to make sure you’re choosing the one that’s right for you.

Do some research beforehand to find out what deals are being offered the different facilities, since there are sometimes the options to get a month free or to pay a reduced amount for a month.

Take a look at our blog to find out what self-storage costs in Central London.

If you’re looking for a storage unit in Central London and want somewhere safe, secure and clean to keep your precious possessions, why not consider CitySpace Storage? We’re proud to offer state of the art CCTV, secure 24/7 access, covered loading areas, and many more features to make your storage experience perfect.

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