As well as the main stream self storage providers such as Big Yellow and Safe Store, there are also hundreds of smaller independent local storage providers located all across the UK. Prices from independent storage providers can be highly competitive and can often offer cheaper storage facilities for both personal and business customers.
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What Is Self-Storage
In it’s standard form it allows you as a personal or business customer to rent an area of space within a companies premises to store items for a pre-determined length of time – which can be as little a as a week, to a year or more. The business offering the self storage units segregate off (by PIN or key) specific and set size units (e.g. 50 square foot). Each customer rents this space knowing their goods are not only stored away from their property or business premises – but also knowing their goods are stored securely and usually under 24 hour security guard or CCTV surveillance.
Unit sizes can vary between 9 square foot (3 ft wide x 3 ft high x 3 ft in depth) and can be up to 400 square foot or more (20ft wide x 8 ft high x 20 ft in depth). The uses vary but a small selection of possible uses for self storage units are below:
- Moving house whilst renting storage needs
- Valuable items to be stored
- Large household items (such as bathroom suites and kitchen units) whilst the DIY continues ready until you need to use
- eBay business storage needs
Competition in the self storage industry is high and with this comes benefits, offers and discounts for customers. Some example benefits storage companies offer as an incentive to sign up with them include:
- Free van rental – some large national storage companies offer free van rental, or repayment of van rental charges, if you rent certain size units over a specific length of time. This can instantly save storage customers around £100 or more.
- Discounted storage/packing boxes – Storage firms offer as much as 20%-40% discount which can also help save money.
- 2 months free rental – some storage unit companies offer the first 2 months either free or at a 50% discount to remain competitive.
- Discounted insurance – Larger chains of consumer and business storage can have partnerships with insurance firms to offer discounted rates to their customers.
When looking at self storage prices you should also take all the following in to consideration:
- The exact storage unit size you need (don’t overpay for extra storage you don’t need).
- Van hire or transport costs to and from the storage unit facility.
- Storage / removal boxes and packaging material discounts on offer.
- Insurance discounts or policies included.
What Are the Prices for Self-Storage?
Storage prices depend on a number of factors:
- Location – city centres (London in particular) tend to be more expensive.
- The type of facility (Purpose built, warehouse conversion, containers under cover, outside containers, etc).
- Security measures on the premises.
- Accessibility (24/7, or restricted).
Taking these into account, you should expect to pay in the region of the following for good quality storage:
25 sq ft unit: £45‒£55 per month
50 sq ft unit: £80‒£85 per month
100 sq ft unit: £140‒£150 per month
150 sq ft unit: £190‒£200 per month