Back to School, Back to Storage

by Louise Wishart

Tamworth children running to school

We know it’s a very British trait to talk about the weather, but we can’t help reflecting on the long hot (and very dry) summer of 2018.

As the days become cooler and the nights draw in, we are reminded that autumn is fast approaching and it’s back to school for many children.

With the holidays over, it’s the perfect time to get the home organised again. For some, that may include placing seasonal or bulkier items into self storage in preparation for the winter.

If you have used self storage before, you probably won’t need any convincing about its many benefits to home organisation.

If you’re new to self storage services, please read on because there’s so much more to it than first meets the eye.

What Sort of Items Can Be Stored Away?

From kids’ paddling pools and outdoor games that won’t be used, to garden furniture, tools, and equipment, the list of items that can be safely housed away for the winter in self storage is extensive.

It’s especially useful for those households who may not have a garage or garden shed, or even those who do, but want to free up more space. This can especially be the case if dad decides he wants to reclaim his ‘man mave’, aka the garden shed!

Of course, it’s not just garden equipment and toys that self storage can be used for. It can provide a safe haven for storing all manner of household items that aren’t required on a regular basis. Furniture, bicycles, clothing, suitcases, seasonal sports equipment, tools, electrical equipment, and gadgets are just a few popular items that people use self storage for.

University and college students who live away in rented accommodation find self storage useful too, especially during the long summer break. Oh yes, it’s not just the laundry that’s brought home to mum and dad!

Many students will have accumulated quite a selection of paraphernalia. Their parental homes simply don’t have or indeed want the space for it, even on a temporary basis.

There may be bikes and sports equipment that are only used during term time to think about too. That all adds up to quite a lot of clutter, so student storage can be beneficial during the term breaks. Some self storage companies offer specialist services for student storage.

Why Use Self Storage?

Space (or lack of it) is the obvious answer and indeed the primary driver for many domestic self storage users. This is closely followed by using storage as a stopgap between a house move. But the other (possibly not quite so obvious fact) surrounds security and having a safe environment to protect stored items from theft and deterioration.

Self storage rooms, such as those available at Extra Room Self Storage, are more secure than the average garage or shed. What’s more, they are also temperature and humidity-controlled to provide the best climatic conditions for storing many items that would otherwise be prone to damage. Garages and garden sheds can very often become damp, especially in the cooler winter months.

Reputable service providers have 24-hour CCTV surveillance installed at their facilities, as well as lockable rooms to which users hold their own key, equipped with intruder/smoke alarms linked directly to the emergency services.

So, when you take this into account, storing your belongings offsite with a trusted service provider can very often be a ‘belt and braces’ approach to safeguarding your possessions.

Remember, it is generally preferable to use a local self storage facility that is less than half an hour away. This makes it practical to access your possessions should you need them.

How Many People Use Self Storage?

There are currently more than 1,500 self storage facilities in the UK. This equates to an astonishing 45 million square feet of storage space. And self storage is becoming extremely popular in the UK in particular which represents nearly half of the European self storage market.

The growth in the self storage industry can be attributed to many things. Smaller homes, a more transient population, and a greater increase in awareness as more and more people reap the benefits of offsite storage are significant factors. The popularity of Storage Wars on the TV has also helped lately!

Whilst occupancy growth is currently outstripping supply, currently there is still a long way to go. The UK has less than 0.7 square feet (sqft) of storage space per head of population. This falls far short of more mature markets like the USA which has over 7sqft and Australia which has around 2sqft per person of space.

How Long Can You Store For?

The simple answer to that is as long or as short amount of time as you need to. Self storage is a very flexible service. At Extra Room Self Storage, many of our customers find our facilities and services so useful they decide to extend for a longer period than originally envisaged.

It’s similar to having an extra garage or room in the house to store goods. With access available 365 days a year.

In some cases, it means that our customers don’t have to go to the expense or hassle of extending their properties or making the move to a larger home. For others, it can make downsizing the home a feasible proposition. A win, win situation all round!

Who To Go To?

While there are large national operators in the self storage sector, there are also privately owned and managed self storage providers. Extra Room Self Storage is a family-run business that is fast expanding due to demand for self storage in Tamworth, Nuneaton, Hinckley, and surrounding areas.

We provide a personal, friendly, and very professional service, from the point of enquiry right up until the day you decide to leave. Our helpful staff can offer you best advice when deciding on the size of storage unit you require. Alternatively, you can view our handy storage calculator and request a quote online.

Extra Room Self Storage is a member of the UK Self Storage Association, which means we adhere to a strict code of practice. Our self storage rooms are exceptionally clean and secure, and we offer a range of supporting services (such as transportation and packing materials/storage accessories) to make storing with us simple and straightforward.

Who to call?

If you want to know more, please call 0800 232 1631 any time between 8.30am and 8.30pm, 7 days a week. You can also click here for an online storage quote or better still just visit us, no appointment necessary.

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