Using our self-storage units in Darlington or Peterborough is like having an extra spare room, it’s just not attached to your home. You’re able to pop in and pop out as much as you want, dropping things off or takings things out of storage as you choose. It’s completely secure and you can rent the storage space for as long, or short of a time, as you need it.

In this blog post we look at how self-storage works and everything that is involved in self storage facilities.

Choosing Your Self Storage Facility

The first thing you need to do is choose the right self-storage facility for you. Look for a storage facility that is in a location which is ideal for you.  You also want a storage unit that is easy to get to from main roads, but well surrounded for security. Look for a storage company that is recommended and has good reviews. Take the time to meet the staff and look round the storage units. This way you can ensure that you have chosen the right storage company for your needs and that your belongings will be safe.

Choosing Your Self Storage Unit

Here at Quick Self Storage, we don’t expect you to know what 50 square foot looks like, for example. However, we know that you’ll have an idea of what you are putting into your storage unit. Getting the right size storage space for your belongings will help you keep your storage costs down. This is why our team are on hand to help. Let us know what you want to put in storage or the space that you are clearing out. We can then recommend the right sized storage space for your needs. If you’re storage needs change over time, we can support you with that too.

The Things To Look For In A Storage Unit

When looking at different storage units and storage facilities, there are different things that you should consider. For example, are the self-storage unit’s climate controlled and is this something that you want for your items in storage? When can you gain access to your belongings? Are they open in the mornings, evenings and weekends for example? It’s important to make sure that the opening times of the storage facilities meet the times that you need access.

Think about the number of locks on the storage unit and who has access to your storage unit too. Is their video monitoring throughout the storage facilities? Do they offer in-person surveillance or is all surveillance done through high quality security cameras? What are the prices and lengths of contracts offered? Do they have the size of the storage unit that you need and how secure is the storage unit as well as the facility?

These are all things that you will need to look out for when looking at the right storage facilities and self-storage unit for your needs.

How To Rent Your Self Storage Unit

Each storage company will have their own protocols when it comes to the process of renting their self-storage units. However, the following things will be very similar for all storage companies in Peterborough and Darlington.

For example, whichever storage company you choose, you will need to think about what you need to store and the type of storage facility you want. This will help you decide what you want to store, how much space you’ll need and the budget you’ll need for your required storage unit.

When it comes to renting a storage unit you also need to purchase storage insurance. This will protect the items that you place in storage if the extremely unlikely case that they were to become damaged or stolen. It’s a good idea to invest in one or more good quality locks too. This will offer extra security for your belongings, but it will give you extra peace of mind too.

What You Need To Do To Rent A Self Storage Unit

When you rent a self-storage unit you will need to prove who you are. This could include a passport, driving license, birth certificate or utility bills for example. When you reserve your self-storage unit you will be asked to sign and agree to the storage contract. It is extremely important that you read this before signing it. It will include things like what you can and can’t place in storage, payment terms, when you can access your storage, how and so on.

How Long You Can Rent A Storage Unit For

Generally speaking, you can rent a storage unit for as long as you like. Whether you are looking for long-term or short-term storage for your belongings, self-storage companies will be able to help. Some businesses will rent out storage units for long lengths of time to store important documents that they need to keep for a set number of years. Meanwhile other businesses will use our storage units as a back up warehouse for when they have peak seasons or can save money buying products in bulk.

However, home owners use our storage facilities for different lengths of time too. Some homeowners will use our storage to protect their belongings when they are having their home refurbished. Others use out storage units to look after their belongings when they are between homes or selling their home. Our storage units are also used when people have passed away and the home needs to be cleared quickly.

This is why we have no set amount of time that people must rent our self-storage units for. Everyone is different and everyone has different storage needs. We offer weekly and monthly contracts to our storage customers. This is done on a rolling contract. However, you may find storage companies offer discounts on longer-term storage needs. It’s definitely worth asking the question.

How Payment For Your Self Storage Unit Works

When it comes to paying for your self-storage unit, this will be specified in your storage rental agreement. Often you will find that you are paying once a month on or before the date specified in the rental agreement. The rental agreement will also confirm how payment is required as well as when. It’s important to check when payment is due by and there will be late fees added on if you make payment late.


Want to know more about how self-storage could work for you and your personal or business belongings? Call our self-storage experts now. They will be only too happy to answer any questions that you might have.