With a growing population and trend towards high-density apartment living, more Australians are turning to self-storage as a short or long-term solution for lack of space. With so many self-storage operators, which facilities and options are right for you?
Storage facilities are available in a variety of areas, but there can be a big difference between what you'll pay to house your stuff close to the city centre compared with its outskirts or in a regional town.
When you visit the facility, make a note of inclines, uneven surfaces or steps on the way to the unit. Units may be located on the ground floor, directly accessible from a vehicle, or situated on a higher floor with lift access. If you have a lot of bulky and heavy items for storage, it might be worth paying more for a directly accessible or ground floor unit. If you're planning on renting a lift-accessible unit, check for gaps between the lift and the floor – what may seem like just a small step for a man may become a giant leap for man-pushing-heavy-trolley.
Ask about the security features at the storage facility. A good facility should have:
It's important to consider worst-case scenarios when it comes to storage. What happens if there's a fire or pest infestation, or water damage? Who's responsible for theft? In many cases, storage centres absolve themselves of responsibility for loss or damage of your stuff or place low limits on their liability, so it may be worth checking whether your home and contents insurance will cover your stuff while in storage. Self-storage operators may also sell insurance for loss incurred, with premiums based on the value of the goods you're storing.
If you're planning on storing wine, for example, consider a climate-controlled unit. If you've got important documents, collectables or fine art, some storage facilities will have special units that are both temperature and humidity-controlled. Other types of specialised storage units are also available, such as for firearms which have strict legal storage requirements, and large units for cars and boats.
If you're likely to find travelling to a storage location difficult (if you don't have a driver's license, for example), some operators now deliver a storage crate to your home. You pack it up (or pay them to do it for you), and they take it away to their facility.
Depending on how much you have to store and how difficult the job is, you might consider a specialist mover. Some storage companies will be able to provide one for you, but whoever you go with, make sure they have experience in storage. Most major moving companies will have experience in packing items into a storage unit, but it can depend on which people you get on the day. An experienced specialist will be able to make the most of your unit size and may well save you money in the long term by being able to fit more stuff into less space than you could yourself.
Consider the extras you'll need to keep costs low.
Storage Warehouse at 2 locations, one in Queensland and one in New South Wales.
Storage at 8-10 Queensbury Ave, Currumbin Waters (QLD 4223 Head Office)
Depot at 6 Parkside Drive, South Tweed NSW 4286
For more information please contact Paul Strode
Mobile: 0422 294 313
Phone 07 5534 7181