Need to free up some room but not sure what type of storage unit will do?
Self storage facilities offer various storage options to meet individual needs for both short term and long term storage, and while they may all look the same – they’re not.
Indoor, outdoor or mobile, here’s a quick rundown on the different types of self storage units to consider for your storage needs.
Indoor storage units
Indoor units, also known as ‘storage lockers’ are the ideal solution if you need to store smaller sized belongings and want access to your possessions away from the elements. With an indoor storage unit, you’ll never need to worry about wind or rain when you open the door to retrieve, organise or store your items.
These types of units are located inside a building (sometimes multi-storey), which means you can’t drive right up to your storage unit. Some indoor facilities come with monitored climate control, while others already offer a consistent temperature as part of the building’s structure.
Drive up storage
These are storage units which are accessed from the outside, allowing you to drive right up to your unit door with quick access to drop off or pick up your belongings. This is convenient when you have a lot of inventory or large bulky items to store. Although they look like garage doors, these units are not designed to hold cars or other types of vehicles.
The size of drive up storage units will vary from one storage facility to another, usually with different options to suit your storage capacity needs.
Hardstand (outdoor) storage
Think of these as large parking bays specifically reserved for cars, boats, caravans, trucks, trailers and other vehicles. This is great if you’re going away for an extended period of time, or don’t have space at your property to store an additional vehicle that isn’t used regularly.
Located outside, you simply drive in, park your vehicle in a designated spot, and depending on the facility, this will either be covered or uncovered.
Because your vehicle is exposed, facilities offering hardstand storage will have significant security in place to ensure your vehicle is kept safe from theft or vandalism. This includes security fencing, passcode gated entry, security cameras and guards patrolling the area 24/7.
If you’re renovating your home and want the convenience of a temporary storage unit on your property, you may want to consider a mobile storage unit, also referred to as storage pods.
A mobile storage company will deliver your mobile unit to your property, avoiding the need to travel anywhere to pack and store your items. There are some downsides to renting a mobile storage unit though. They’re generally more expensive to hire, aren’t climate controlled and you need sufficient space on your property to accommodate the unit.
Short term or long term storage?
Regardless of the type of storage unit you choose, most self storage companies provide short term or long term storage to suit your storage needs. At Go 2 Storage, we offer drive up outdoor storage and hardstand storage solutions for both short and long term rental options.