Self Storage Perth. What You Should Know
Looking for self storage Perth? The range of options can leave you in a spin. Discover what these options mean, and how to choose the appropriate one for your needs
So the settlement date on your new house purchase has been delayed, but you’ve sold your old house and have to get out to let the new owners in. This is actually quite common in the real estate world. Or the house you bought is smaller than the one you sold and has no sheds on site to store things. Or you need to declutter your home for a home open and need extra space to store your things. Maybe your business needs temporary extra space for stock because of seasonal demands?
These scenarios are just the tip of the iceberg. Storage companies exist because of these situations. If you’ve never had to use storage services before, this article will help explain what your options are.
Long Term Or Short Term Storage?
Your first consideration should be the length of time you need to store things. Most services are flexible but usually charge a minimum flat rate. The longer the agreed storage time, the better the rate you can get.
The second decision concerns what you need to store and does the service you’ve chosen have the capacity to store it i.e. boats, caravans,vehicles machinery, commercial stock etc. Another important factor is do you need to/or how often do you need to gain access to your stored items. The freedom to have immediate right of access to personal or commercial items can be paramount for many consumers.
The Options Fall Into 2 Categories
In general, storage will either be
- Self Storage , where you store items or have someone store them for you, at a facility where you can have access to your goods after you have been provided an access code, or
- you use the storage service of a transport providor where your items are stored in a warehouse type facility or in storage shipping containers, Pods or Vaults. Access to your goods is usually by appointment and may incur a fee to have your items retrieved for you. These types of services deliver the storage Pod or Vault or container to your site (if space allows) to save double handling and the Pods are usually moved and stored using fork lift machines back at the warehouse. Sizes vary from 40 foot shipping containers, 20 foot containers which are @ 66m3 and 36m3 respectively down to Pods and Vaults which come in at @ 7m3 and 11m3 respectively.
1 Self Storage Facilities
The rental concept of a self storage facility, hinges on the demand of customers who require a safe dry, secure environment with the freedom to access goods at a time convenient to them. This is the main difference between self storage and company storage and will probably appeal to people who prefer flexibility and control.
They provide units and hard stand areas of differing dimensions with the ability to secure your storage area with your own padlock and key. They allow use of trolleys etc, and can usually supply packing materials on site if you haven’t organised them before hand through an online box service. They sometimes provide trailers or trucks for customers’ use when people decide to use their own labour to move and store. They even sell the padlocks just in case you forget!
Easy Access – High Standards
They can also refer you to reputable moving services who can take care of the shifting for you. The length of time needed for storage is usually flexible and payment normally requires a bond equivalent to a months rent in advance. Storage duration is usually a minimum time of 1 month, but can be as long as you require. Access to storage is via a PIN code which when entered opens a security gate and may be required to operate goods lifts. The better facilities, or those that are members of the storage industry group known as the Self Storage Association Of Australia And New Zealand, are mostly monitored with security cameras which monitors the comings and goings on the site. This is an added bonus and is usually incorporated in the price.
Insurance must be considered (and is usually a requirement) when storing and most operators can present you with the options. It is certainly worth taking should anything unexpected happen while your goods are on their site.
Because many small businesses use self storage facilities to hold and distribute stock of all kinds, some storage places provide office services like Wi-Fi, access to printing machines, free tea and coffee, desks & chairs, and even use of computers as a way of Value adding for the needs of customers both commercial and private. This is all very civilised but limited to the new breed of Self Storage Businesses who are branding themselves not just as a storage providor, but as a mini business hub. Some even have meeting rooms. Companies like National Storage are leading the charge and taking the storage industry into the future providing these value adding services.
2 Company Storage
There are companies who can supply shipping containers, Pods or Vaults as mentioned before. The options here are that they come with the container on a truck or a trailer and load for you, ( or you load) take the container to a holding yard, usually outside and using a forklift truck store them 3 or 4 high. The larger international moving companies have the capacity to store containers inside their large warehouse on site, which is mainly due to their obligations and standards required by insurance companies and quarantine services if incoming international shipments need to be inspected at their site.
Containers Pods and Vaults
Another service model in this category, involving containers is the D.I.Y. concept. A container or Pod (like a container) or Vault (wooden Structure for indoor storage) is delivered to your property so you are responsible to securely load your own container if that is your preference, otherwise they can source personnel to do this as well. When full they will return to pick it up and take it to a holding yard or internel warehouse out of the weather. If you need to gain access to something inside the container you then make an appointment to have the container located and brought to a staging area where you can open it. There maybe a fee involved for this service so it would pay to clear that up with the company before hand.
If you are storing longer term then this system may be for you as there is less handling of your goods. Meaning you dont need to unload everything into a storage unit because the container is the storage unit, and likewise you dont have to reload the container when you need the goods to go to its new home. But if it isn’t possible to position a container or Pod at your new place then they will advise of your options.
This service may not be located near your area whereas franchised self storage services usually do have more convenient locations.
The Self Storage Association
The self storage Association of Australia is a good resource for consumers who seek advice and potentially the services of it’s members . They uphold a set of standards which all members must abide by in order to maintain a consistant level of service and mode of operation. They also have a handy MyStorage Finder which makes finding a member facility in your area very easy. You will also find a useful storage space estimator to help you calculate the storage unit size that’s needed and tips on how to pack your unit.
As you can see, when deciding on self storage Perth, the differences come down to the freedom to access to your stored items. With self storage you have more independent access and with company storage your access is by appointment but may be cheaper. In other words,with self storage you have direct access to your contents while with company storage you have a middle man between you and your things. Depending on what’s important to you, that’s how it is.
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