The Difference Between Storage and Self-Storage

At first glance, storage and self-storage sound strikingly similar. However, there are a few big differences that make each option more suitable for different people and different need s. Depending on factors such as your location, your items, and your storage duration plans (to name a few), you may be best suited to one option over the other.


So, which option is best for you? Let’s find out…


First of all, what is plain storage?


“Storage” is usually offered by removals companies who will take your goods and store them in their own warehouse stacked in wooden crates. You need to give notice, usually at least 24 hours in order to access your goods and there is a cost each time you do this.


Items are often packed away by the company itself and isn’t intended for frequent access.


What is self-storage?


“Self-Storage” is where you rent a unit for a period of time. There are lots of different sizes of units so there will be one to suit your needs. You padlock your unit and only you have access to the unit whenever you require it.


If you’re wanting to access your goods on a regular basis, then self-storage is definitely the better option for you.  In the case of self-storage, each unit will be tailored to your needs – be it a small locker, a large container or anything in between – once you have your unit, there is unlimited access during opening hours.


What’s even better is that you can easily upsize or downsize your unit according to your needs, and your unit will be readily available to you until you no longer need it.


Summary: Consider how often you’ll need access to your items, how likely it is that the size of your unit will change and general flexibility.


A deeper look:


Storage Pros


If you’re looking for a storage solution that allows you to store your goods safely and securely, without regular access, then this can be a solution.


Many companies will collect your goods from you and place them into storage in the best way.


Storage Cons


Cost! Usually, the cost of plain storage can be more expensive so make sure you check to see what the price is.


For some customers, not being able to see how and where your goods are stored can be frustrating, especially when it comes to valuable or delicate items.