Self-Storage Myths – Busted!

Self-Storage has been around for a long time now, and it’s been growing in popularity for many years now. Businesses and individuals have been using self-storage for everything from business inventory, furniture, tools, cars and more. It’s the perfect long-term storage solution, and it’s now the most common and convenient way to store excess items safely and security. But if you’ve never used a storage unit before, you may not know what to expect, and you might even have some preconceptions about how self-storage works and what it’s all about. So today, we’re going to look at 5 common self-storage myths, and bust them for you.

Self-Storage Isn’t Secure

First off, the idea that self-storage isn’t secure. Many people seem to think self-storage units are just containers in a field, or a big building full of units and no security but a front door. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. Modern self-storage facilities are equipped with security measures, alarms and surveillance techniques, and are often more secure than your home! Self-storage facilities can give you peace of mind that your items are out of sight, secure and can only be accessed by you, using your own personal code, key or unique access method.

You Can Store Anything

Self-storage is a great solution for a lot of things – but the list of things you can store isn’t endless. In fact, there are a number of things you can’t keep in self-storage, and for very good reasons! Each self-storage facility may have its own unique rules about what they won’t allow you to keep, but there is a universal prohibited list for self-storage as well. This includes:

  • Anything flammable
  • Animals, plants and food
  • Hazardous or pressurised materials
  • Illegal goods and firearms

We go into more detail on the prohibited items list in this blog, so click on over if you want to find out more.

Storage Facilities Are Dirty

Contrary to popular belief, self-storage facilities should be some of the cleanest places you go. True, there will be some exceptions (as in any area), but a good self-storage facility should be incredibly clean. There should be no dirt, dust, insects or pests, as all of these can compromise the belongings stored within. It’s part of the storage facilities’ contract with you that they keep the premises clean and pest-free, and the facility will hire cleaning and maintenance teams to stay on top of things.

You Could Live In Your Unit

While TV might have you believe you could live in a storage unit if everything went wrong for you, the reality is quite different. Self-storage units aren’t designed to be lived in, or even slept in occasionally. So while they’re clean and many are climate controlled, they really aren’t a good environment for any living thing to thrive. It’s also directly against the terms of your rental, and most facilities will discover you and evict you from the unit right away.

You Have To Commit Long-Term

Yes, you do have to sign a contract in order to rent a self-storage unit. But it’s not like signing the rental agreement for a house. Each facility is unique, but hardly any require long-term commitment as part of their rental terms. In fact, most self-storage units will have month-by-month or even week-by-week contracts available to offer you the most flexibility possible from your unit.

At Blue Box Self-Storage, we pride ourselves on our service and range of units. Self-storage is a great option for both long and short-term rentals, and for keeping items you don’t have room for at home or at the office. Our units come equipped with 24hr security, and rental terms start from just 1 week. If you would like to know more, just get in touch with the team today.

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