The UK leads the way in Europe when it comes to storage facilities. At around 44.6 million square feet, it has more than quadruple the storage space as the next closest rival France, which has approximately 10.5 million square feet. What’s most surprising is that more people in both the UK and Europe aren’t taking advantage of the massive benefits to be had from using storage facilities.
They don’t just supply self-storage units either; some facilities even offer document storage and management services, as well as scanning and confidential waste destruction solutions too. These services are useful to many businesses, whether they know it or not.
In this post we will outline the most common reasons why people use storage facilities. This applies to commercial as well as domestic use, and goes beyond simple lock-up units.
Moving house or office
Upping sticks and moving home or work place can be one of the most stressful times in a person’s life. All that boxing up, bubble-wrapping and backbreaking transportation is enough to make you stay on one plot for the rest of your life. Sometimes though, it’s unavoidable.
The process would be made a lot smoother if you could pack everything up and move it straight into the new place. While this is the case for some, it’s a different story for many. As you wait for your new location to become available you’re going to need a place to safely store your household and workplace items.
Storage facilities offer secure units to temporarily house your stuff, keeping them safe without cluttering up your home or your best mate’s living room. While traditional lock-ups tie you in with lengthy agreements, storage facilities offer short-term contracts to keep costs low.
When it comes to security, it’s hard to better a professional storage facility. Fire and waterproof steel containers, 24-hour CCTV surveillance and manned premises are a far cry from a mouldy, urban garage.
Relocation & long holidays
The world is a much smaller place than it was even 20 years ago. It’s never been easier to travel around the world or relocate to another country. Whether you’re in the process of moving all of your stuff overseas or just need a place to store your things while you’re travelling, storage facilities have a solution.
Units of various sizes are available to store a variety of belongings. As you will not need regular access to your stuff, some facilities can offer cheap rates that will give you peace of mind while you’re away but also not break the bank.
When you’re renovating your home, things can get ugly. If it’s not all the paint being splattered around it’s the workmen shifting heavy items and tools in and out of rooms. It therefore makes a lot of sense to clear out as much non-essential items as you can for their safety and for the convenience of the workers.
Moving your belongings into a storage unit removes clutter from your home and makes it easier and quicker for your renovations to be completed. If you’re a Tetris champ and manage to squeeze everything into a spare room – then great. However, if you’re not, it’s always nice to know you have a flexible, cost-effective solution in a storage facility.
It’s a sad fact of life that things don’t always go the way you planned. Whether that be your health, your relationships or any other major aspect of your life. At these difficult times it’s important to know that you have options. In these situations, it may be necessary for you to move belongings out, move yourself out or even sell the house entirely.
Either way, a storage facility provides a secure and cost-effective solution for any cherished personal items that can’t be relocated right away. These times are naturally going to be stressful for anyone so knowing where your belongings are and that they’re safe makes it that little bit easier.
Whether you have a classic car that you cherish, a fair-weather motorhome or an extreme sports vehicle you only need for events, keeping it in a storage unit is probably your best option. If you’re not lucky enough to have a garage, you may be forced to keep it on your drive or parked in the street. This leaves it exposed to both the elements and potential damage from other vehicles or vandals, which is far from ideal.
Self-storage units allow these vehicles to be securely stored away for the periods you don’t need them but leaves them accessible to you at any time. Coded gates allow you to come and go as often as you please so you never have to miss out on a sunny driving day again.
If you would like to know more about the various storage services available at Flexible Storage, get in touch with us today. One of our professional storage consultants can talk you through your best storage options as well as give you a tailored quote.