Putting Covid-19 aside for a moment, we’d like to shift the focus to some of the most frequently asked questions relating to self storage.
As people sort through their belongings at home or the office, many may be considering self storage for the first time. Anyone unfamiliar with the process will have several questions that require answers which is exactly what this article can help with.
Self storage doesn’t need much introduction these days as it is relatively straightforward. Storage facilities offer a wide selection of room-sized units that you can hire, either short or long term. Self storage units range from small personal lockers to the size of a small room, shipping container, garage or bigger. People simply bring their goods or belongings to the storage centre and lock them inside the unit while enjoying unrestricted access during operating hours.
While self storage is not a complicated process, there are many FAQs we’d like to share with you. The purpose of this article is to provide as much information as possible to anyone thinking about using self storage.
That’s the first question on everyone’s mind when they consider using self storage for the first time. It doesn’t matter how much, or how little you have, trying to imagine it packed neatly away into a locker or larger sized unit can be difficult. After all, you’re probably used to seeing the sofa, cupboards, beds and everything else in place in the living room, bedroom or kitchen. It isn’t easy to imagine how the things from each room would look packed and stacked into one much smaller space.
So what do you need to think about when working out the size of self storage unit you’ll need?
Firstly, and this is quite a common misconception, you won’t need a self storage unit the size of your house to hold everything that’s currently in it. It’s easy to worry about the space when you look at everything you own around you; but don’t forget, at the moment it’s all spread out across your home and it won’t be that way when it’s packed up for storage. Continue reading →
Most people have seen the TV programmes about auctioning off the contents of storage units. Normally U.S. based, these programmes show the fortunes of treasure hunters hoping to benefit and make a profit from units where, for whatever reason, the bill has not been paid.
But is that what it’s really like? Do Self Storage Centres really hold public auctions if clients don’t pay their bills. Can they empty your storage unit and let the contents go for little or no money in comparison to its perceived value?
The answer is yes and no!
You have an obligation to pay the fees agreed for the rental of your self storage unit and if you fail to meet those agreed payments, the centre has a right of lien over the contents. That means they are entitled to hold on to the contents until any debt is repaid. In the event of non-payment, the goods can eventually be sold to recover the debt. But, there is a proper process to follow to get to that point. Continue reading →
What do people use self storage for? Do you auction off the contents of units when people don’t pay? Is it like Storage Hunters (on TV)?
A couple of questions we get asked regularly when people find out the business we’re in. Let’s address the second 2 first as they’re quite quick and easy to answer.
The laws in the UK are quite different to those in America which means that auctioning off unit contents is rarely done, and no, it’s not really like the TV programmes!
The first question is not so quick to answer as there are so many reasons for people using self storage. At our centres in Stroud, Gloucester and Bristol we have all sizes of units so we have all sorts of clients. Continue reading →