Choosing a new home is dependent on so many factors such as area, location within that area, type of property, property condition, local demand and, of course, cost. Some of these factors are outside your control – most of us have a rental budget that we have to stick to – and often our choice of area is governed by other factors such as wanting to be close to friends and family or needing to be near our workplace.
There are some who would argue that if we don’t have space for something in our own home then we should simply get rid of it. There are certainly benefits to de-cluttering (having a clutter-free, organised home can definitely make for a calmer, less stressful life) but sometimes there are things that we don’t want in our homes, or don’t have space for, that are not technically “clutter”. This could be family heirlooms, treasured pieces of furniture just waiting until we can move to a bigger home. It could be a hobby collection of pretty much anything that there is no longer room for in the home as our families grow, not to mention seasonal items like lawnmowers, snowboards or Christmas decorations.
As with any product or service that you might buy there are different levels of choice and quality. But although people are fond of quoting the old adage “you get what you pay for” most consumers now recognise that is not always the case – take for instance the proliferation of die-hard high-end supermarket customers now regularly doing part of their weekly shop at a well-known small German supermarket. Many a food snob is now singing the praises of those items with labels they would not have recognised a year ago.
And the same is true of self storage – there are those well-known companies that by dint of marketing hype persuade customers they are getting a great deal but when you look more closely at costs and features it starts to become clear that there are better deals to be had with the smaller facilities. If you do subsequently find you could get a better deal elsewhere never fear – you may not have the hassle of moving all your stuff from one provider to the next, as some offer a free collection and delivery service so will do all the lifting and carrying for you.
So as with supermarkets it really pays to shop around, but whatever self storage provider you choose in the end there are some essential things you should check before signing on the dotted line:
Check out our self-storage price comparison chart with real examples to see just how much you could save when choosing a self-storage facility or switching from one provider to another.