How Does Self Storage Work? What You Need To Know
June 25, 2020

How Does Self-Storage Work

Whether you’re downsizing, renovating, or travelling, self storage units are a handy way to store items that you don’t want to sell. Most storage facilities offer a wide range of units sizes to meet your budget and needs.

But how does self storage work exactly? In this article, we’ll explain the process that you’ll need to go through to store your belongings in a self storage facility.

1. Figure out what you want to store

Self storage units charge by size, so the first thing to figure out is how many square meters you’ll need for your stuff. Your measuring tape is your friend here—whip it out and start measuring everything that you want to store. Since items can also be stacked on top of one another, you’ll also want to consider the most efficient way to do this with your items, tetris-style.

For those who want to temporarily store their entire home’s contents, some storage facilities will make it easier for you by recommending storage units based on number of bedrooms, or may offer a space calculator.

You’ll also need to consider the types of item that you’re planning on storing, as some may be prohibited by the storage company, such as:

  • • Animal or plant products
  • • Perishable foods
  • • Illegal items such as guns, drugs, etc.
  • • Explosive or volatile substances
  • • Toxic items such as medical waste, radioactive material, etc.

2. Choose a storage unit

Shop around for a local self storage company, being sure to take into account their security, accessibility, and cost per square metre. If you’re storing items that are sensitive to heat, you’ll need to find a storage company that offers climate-controlled units.

For extra peace of mind, you might also want to visit the storage facility before deciding whether to use them. This will allow you to better scrutinise their security and overall safety of the facility.

3. Sign your contract

Once you’ve chosen a storage unit company, and decided on the right-sized storage for your items, you’ll need to sign a rental contract with them that will outline the price, size, length of rental, and other important information. Pricing is usually calculated on a weekly, monthly, or annual basis.

You’ll also need to provide photo ID when signing the contract.

4. Move your stuff into the storage unit

Once you’ve signed your contract, you should be given access to your self storage unit, which will be either a key or an access code (or both). Some self storage companies will have set times for moving, which they can confirm for you. They might also offer helpful advice on the best way to pack your unit, as well as lending trolleys to assist with the move. 

FAQs

Here are some frequently asked questions for self storage:

Can you live in a self storage unit?

Unfortunately not, as it hasn’t passed the safety requirements needed for a home.

Can you sleep in self storage?

You can’t sleep in self storage, as it hasn’t passed the safety requirements needed for a home.

Can you use self storage as a workshop?

There’s no laws against using a self storage unit as a workshop, but you’ll need to check with the storage company to confirm.

Other articles

How to pack & store video games – easy step-by-step guide

Whether you’re a regular gamer or hard-core collector, it’s important to know how to pack and store video games. Proper video game storage is essential for keeping your games in good working condition, which helps to prolong their lifespan and maintain their value. To...

read more

How to store leather jackets properly [step by step guide]

Leather jackets are a fashionable yet expensive wardrobe investment, so you want them to last! When the weather warms up, it might be tempting to follow the process you normally do when storing your winter clothes. However, leather jackets require particular care to...

read more

Are self storage units safe? What affects self storage safety

If you’re thinking of putting some of your things into storage, you might be wondering about the level of self storage safety. Are self storage units safe? Or is there a chance you’ll open your unit to find all of your things stolen? Thankfully, most self storage...

read more

What is mobile self-storage? Benefits, sizes & costs

Whether you are relocating to another home or down-sizing your office space, there is no doubt that self-storage has many benefits, including being convenient, practical and secure. But there is an alternative to stationery self-storage units — mobile self-storage....

read more

What does self storage cost? What you can expect to pay

Whether you are considering self-storage for personal or business use, it has a range of fantastic benefits. It is convenient, practical, secure, flexible, can reduce clutter, and in terms of self-storage for business, can enhance office space to allow for expansion....

read more

How does self storage work? The essentials explained [guide]

Thinking of hiring a self storage unit? Here’s a breakdown of how they work, and what you’ll need to do to hire one. How does self storage work? Hiring a self storage unit Self storage facilities want to make it easy for you, so they generally chat to you about three...

read more

Why self storage? | 8 reasons why self storage is useful

It’s amazing how quickly clutter can build up as we accumulate more belongings over the years. And eventually, it can cause a mess, increase your stress levels, and stop you from finding what you need when you need it. Using a storage facility has a range of benefits,...

read more

Decluttering before and after | Amazing transformations

Decluttering has shown to make you happier, less stressed, and more productive. We’ve written about the awesome benefits of decluttering before, and in this article, we wanted to show some impressive examples of how decluttering can transform a room. Clutter doesn’t...

read more

How to store necklaces without tangling them | 4 easy ways

From stylish accessories and tokens of love to family heirlooms passed down through generations, precious jewellery needs to be treated with care. This is especially the case with necklaces that have a tendency to get tangled, with the muddled mess taking a long time...

read more

Decluttering tips for hoarders | Expert guide

We’re all guilty of having an untidy home at one point or another, but when your possessions start to control your behaviour, there’s deeper issues at play. If you feel that each item you own has sentimental value, or may come in handy later, then you can quickly find...

read more