Here are the answers to some of the most commonly encountered questions on storage units.Where can I find storage units for my domestic removal items?
You can see them advertised widely in and around most big cities.
Be careful though because some may be little more than a lockable shed, offering nothing by way of security etc.
Make sure you only entrust your precious household items to a professional storage services provider and don't hesitate to ask to see their premises before using them. If they are reluctant to show you around, well, it probably isn't a particularly good sign!Do the storage unit sizes vary?
Yes and sometimes by a very considerable amount.
You may be able to find some that are perhaps large enough only for a couple of suitcases. Others may be a huge and more than capable of accommodating all of your movable household possessions.
Will I be guaranteed restricted access?
Yes you will.
People renting other storage units in this type of professional facility would not under any circumstances be able to access your unit.Is security guaranteed?
If you select your storage unit provider carefully, you will see that they may be able to offer things such as security patrols overnight and closed circuit television etc.
Of course, nobody can absolutely unconditionally guarantee total 100% security. If you have particularly high value items such as jewellery or antiques, you should consult with your storage provider before depositing them. In some cases your insurers (or those of the storage company) may have restrictions on individual values and in those circumstances, you may be better off thinking about a bank safety deposit box.What happens if I forget to pay my rental fees?
You should speak to your storage provider
and examine their terms and conditions to answer that question.
What you can be sure of is that typically your goods will not be seized at 9.00 AM the morning after the payment was not received but even so, you should take your financial commitments seriously.Can I gain access to my goods whenever I wish?
In principle yes, though over weekends and outside of normal working hours, your storage provider may require prior notification.Are there any types of goods I can't store in there?
As you might imagine, there are likely to be restrictions on items that are in any way hazardous or which constitute a danger to the premises and other people. It may also be against the terms and conditions of your rental contract to store items that are illegal, including things such as drugs and firearms etc.
You might also find that there are restrictions on the storage of certain perishable items such as foodstuffs. Although that is usually a matter of common sense, occasionally people try to do so and the result is almost inevitably offensive smells and a terrible mess at the time the unit is eventually opened!Will I be able to get a discount for several units?
Perhaps, though you will need to discuss the specifics of your commercial arrangements with your provider of storage services.
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