What are the Different Types of Storage Facilities?
By Richard Farrell
Special to Vanlines.com
There are three different options when considering using a storage facility and each has pros and cons. Let us consider the differences to enable you to make an informed storage decision.
Through the Moving Company.
Generally moving companies tend to store in their own facilities which would normally be climate controlled, and offer state-of-the-art security systems. This option will appeal to people who are less concerned about cost but want assurance that they are using a professional storage service. This form of storage offers convenience and a one stop service option. Once a date is agreed the mover can collect the items to be stored, provide an inventory of the items to go to storage, and swiftly move the identified goods to their storage facility.
The downside, though, is the cost - making it the most expensive moving option. Also accessibility, as movers will require you to make an appointment to access your goods in their store. Obviously time is money, so expect additional charges to be raised.
Using A Self Storage Facility.
Specialist companies have multiple space offerings within their facilities, and provide storage on an individual client’s needs basis. In terms of benefits, with this choice storage premises are accessible at virtually any time on an “as needed” basis. And, since you have hired a specific storage space you can arrange you goods just as you like and in any style that suits your individual needs. Further, you decide what you need and what you do not need, be it proximity to your residence, whether you need climate control and if you want any other conveniences such as ground level access. Some risks include transport - you have to get your goods to the storage facility either by means of your own hired van or through a mover willing to handle a small move.
Mobile Storage Facility.
The third option is a drop-at your-residence option called mobile storage. A unit or POD is an empty shell-like container such as trailers, containers and flat bed vehicles that you arrange to come to your home. Using your own time, you then fill up the POD with what you want stored and someone comes back to take it to a warehouse or a facility.
The plusses here lie in the fact that no truck is needed – the storage comes to you, but you have to be careful that your goods are properly packed, protected and loaded to avoid damage. As with the first option, access is very limited, and only available by prior arrangement.