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Self-Storage: Which Type is Right for you?

Many of us will have a bunch of possessions cluttering up our home. These possessions are either items that we don’t have regular use for, or items that have no use at all, but we can’t bring ourselves to through them away. An increasingly popular answer to this clutter problem is to hire out a self-storage unit. Self-storage companies provide cheap and secure space for companies and the public alike to store their excess items. Almost all provide round the clock security and are reasonably priced. They are also flexible – you don’t have to sign up to a contract any longer than a week if you don’t want to. But if you do sign up for 6 months, a year, or any long period of time, most companies will offer you a discount. If you think self-storage might be a viable option to get rid of your clutter, giving you more living space, then it is important to consider what type you require:1)    Outdoor Storage Units that you can drive straight up toThese storage units may be a viable option for you, but that is dependent on what you wish to store. If you are storing items that will not be subject to varying temperatures and weather, or you don’t mind if they are subject to such, then outdoor storage units may be right for you. The main benefit of these, for most of them anyway, is that they allow you to drive your vehicle straight up to them in order to unload more items into your storage space, or take items that were already in storage out. So, if you’re planning to store heavy, durable, temperature proof items, then you should strongly consider outside storage units as an option.2)    Indoor, mega storage complexesUnlike outdoor storage units, indoor ones provide a climate-controlled environment, which means if any other your possessions that you wish to sure are potentially perishable if exposed to imperfect atmospheric conditions, then perhaps indoor storage complexes are the right option for you. However, also unlike outdoor storage complexes, you cannot drive your vehicle right up to your unit, meaning that any heavy items you may have to drag inside, and perhaps up some stairs.  Indoor security units, especially the better, more professional ones, also provide a greater level of security. Although outdoor ones will provide alarms, fences, padlocks and what not, inside storage units will be tougher for potential thieves, arsonists, or general no-gooders to access your things due to them being inside a heavily guarded complex. Indoor storage units will often have the most up-to-date CCTV systems, as well as round the clock guards, alarms, and impenetrable fencing. 3)    Light/small storage unitsThese units are not designed to house heavy duty items – such as old sofas, worn out sculptures, or anything that is tasking to pick up. They are more designed to store little items, such as books, family heirlooms, or whatever you can lift up with one hand. If you don’t have that many items for storage, then there’s no sense paying extra for space that you don’t need. Light/small storage units are primarily designed for those who have only a little bit of clutter that they need to store.4)    Heavy/bulk storage unitsThese are designed to fit in relatively big items – mattresses, or a book collection half the size of the British library, to name but a few examples.  So if you have particularly big items, or you just have a lot of little, tiny items, then this is probably the best option for you. If you at any point need to remove some of your possessions from storage, then most companies will let you immediately downgrade the size you need.