The 7 biggest misconceptions about self-storage
Compared to the United States, the concept of self-storage is relatively new in Europe. The term "self-storage" is also not yet known to the general public. A few words of explanation may ring a bell, but we have noticed that there are still some misconceptions about self-storage. In this blog we refute seven common misconceptions about self-storage.
1) Self-storage is not much different from a shed or garage
A garage or garden shed may protect your stuff from rain and wind, but not from high or low temperatures or the risk of humidity damage. Self-storage facilities, on the other hand, are often well insulated so that climate cannot have an adverse effect on the condition of your belongings (for example rust or damage due to frost). Some locations even provide temperature control at the level of units (climate controlled storage)! Ideal for storing wine, for example.
Admittedly, a garden shed is easier to get to than a self-storage unit. Items that you use frequently and that do not risk being damaged from the weather can be stored in your garden shed. Delicate or seasonal material, however, can be optimally protected in your self-storage unit. You are bound to find a self-storage facility in your area with 7/7 -and often 24/7- access.
Last but not least, a self-storage unit is also much safer than a barn or garden shed. More on this under misconception 2 below.
2) Self-storage is not safe
Some people might feel that self-storages are exposed to certain security risks.
It is important to note that owners want to differentiate their self-storage from sheds or garage boxes. Investing in the security of the facility and units is a top priority for any self-storage company. The vast majority of self-storages are equipped with 24/7 camera surveillance (both in and around the facility) as well as smoke detectors and an alarm system. The storage units have a cylinder lock or access code. Self-storage sites are often secured with a gate and fence. Good lighting is also the norm.
Storing things outside your own home may make you anxious. Understandably so! However, in the average self-storage unit your belongings will often be more secure than in your own home.
3) Self-storage is expensive
Renting a self-storage unit might be more expensive than renting a warehouse, but your stuff will be stored in much better conditions. In terms of costs per square meters or foot, a self-storage unit will always be cheaper than residential property. Self-storage units are also available in all sizes, so you only pay for the space you actually need. Very cost efficient!
4) Self-storage facilities are dirty
Horror scenarios in which a self-storage facility or unit looks dirty are often just Hollywood creations. Pests are preventively controlled and many self-storages prohibit the storage of goods that could attract pests (e.g. perishable food or live plants). Self-storages often employ staff to maintain and clean the premises or hire a professional firm to do so.
5) Self-storage is only useful in case of relocation
Moving is the most common reason why people use self-storage, but it is certainly not the only one! Renovation of the house, creating space at home, a temporary assignment abroad, archiving of company documents, storing stock for a web shop or the working materials of the self-employed, death of a family member, etc. These are all reasons for households and businesses to rent a self-storage unit.
6) Self-storage is only for people with a lot of stuff
You don't have to be a hoarder or someone who has trouble getting rid of old stuff to use self-storage! Self-storage is there to create order in your home. It is very possible that you have stuff that you still use, just not on a daily basis (e.g. only during weekends or during a certain season). In that case a self-storage unit is very convenient: easy access to your stuff and better use of space in your house or apartment.
7) Self-storage means a long-term lease
Are you hesitating to choose self-storage because you think you will be stuck on a long-term rental contract? Don’t! Self-storages almost always include the possibility of cancelling the contract every month in their open-ended rental contracts (*). Often you just have to inform the self-storage a couple of weeks before the end of the month that you want to end the contract. This flexibility is what makes self-storage so popular!
(*) Promotional prices on the first month's rent may require a minimum rental period.
We hope this blog has relieved any concerns you may have had about self-storage. At Book Your Box we want to inform self-storage tenants as good as possible. Do you still have questions? Do not hesitate to contact us via the chat function or the contact form.
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