When it comes to choosing a self-storage unit in London to store your belongings, you obviously want to find the best fit for you. But there are a lot of options available to you, especially in an area like London! One of the biggest mistakes we see people make is immediately going for the lowest priced option, and not even looking at the others. But in reality, there are a lot of different factors for you to consider when choosing a storage unit. So today, we want to help you find and compare all of your storage unit options, by giving you a quick guide of what to look for in cheap self-storage.
Thankfully the first step to finding self-storage in London is the easy bit. All you need is a computer with an internet connection. A quick Google of that phrase and the search engine will be able to combine it with your location and give you a lot of different self-storage options in and around the London area, with a focus on what is near you. Any self-storage business worth its salt will have a website, so you can open up a few and start browsing. Most sites will be able to provide you with all the information you need to do a good comparison, or at least help you to narrow down your options to a top 3 or 5 choices.
When you’re choosing your self-storage provider, there are a lot of things to consider. The first thing you might think of is the price, with your gut instinct being to go for the cheapest option available. But the thing to realise here is that price is not the biggest thing to consider when choosing a self-storage provider. After all, there are a lot of things that will affect the price of your storage solution, from the location of the facility itself, any amenities offered, how long you are staying, whether you have 24/7 access and even the state of the current market. But we do know that price will be a factor, and you can’t escape that. But what you can do is consider the other elements of the self-storage offering, and decide which facility to use based on who provides the most value and the best service, as well as the most competitive price. Things like:
Security: How secure is both the general facility and your individual unit? Does the facility have CCTV, security guards, controlled access? Do individual units have alarms and number plate recognition? Do you supply your own padlock, with you holding the only keys? Security is often one of the biggest worries when storing your belongings in self-storage, so this is an important factor to take into account.
Location: Where is the facility, and how convenient is it for you? Bear in mind that popular or dense locations are likely to come with a slightly higher price tag for the convenience factor. Choosing a unit that is a little bit further away might actually provide you with a better deal than the option directly on your doorstep. If you’re not sure which will be easiest to access, do a trial drive to your top choices and see what the journey times are like.
Parking: In London, parking is often at a premium. But when storing your belongings, you need to be able to park at the facility to load and unload. Choosing a facility with an adequate car park can be the difference between an easy experience and one that leaves you dreading visiting your unit.
Unit Sizes: The variety of unit sizes available gives you a good indication of how well a facility will suit you. A lot of size options means you have room to both grow and downsize as needed, which can be useful if you’re keeping an eye on the purse strings. It also means you’re more likely to find a unit that is the right size for you, so you don’t end up overpaying for space.
Ventilation: Your self-storage unit itself should have adequate ventilation. This is something a lot of people forget about – but without it you could be risking damage to your belongings. Ventilation prevents the build-up of odours, moisture and mould. The facility and units should not smell stuffy or stale, and fresh air should be able to circulate throughout the room.
At Blue Box Self Storage, we know we aren’t the lowest on price. But to be honest, we’re happy with that, because we are the best value self-storage option in London. We offer a huge range of unit sizes in each of our locations, and security standards you will find it tough to beat. So you know you’re getting great value, your possessions are safe and you never need to worry about self-storage again. To find out how much you could save on secure storage in London, just get in touch for your free, no obligation quote.