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Five Common Self Storage Units

Aug 11, 2008
The need for storage usually occurs when one of three issues arises; lack of space, need of more adequate space or seasonal needs. Self storage has become the solution to this problem.

Within recent decades self storage units have been utilized in many forms for a variety of needs. Five types of storage have evolved to provide for the variety of consumer needs.

Self Storage Basics

While there are different uses for different types of self storage, there are also common issues which apply to all of them. Consumers should be aware of these issues beforehand.

Storage contracts - each storage facility, and type of facility will have different contracts and requirements.

Accessible hours - many storage facilities are always accessible, while some are only usable during business hours.

Security handling - indoor storage makes use of lighting and personal security while many outdoor facilities use only fencing and passkeys along with personal locks for individual units.

Items not allowed - storage facilities usually do not allow storage of pets, combustible items or perishable food.

Fees - storage payments can range from weekly to monthly or yearlong.

Storage Sheds

Along with warehouse storage, this is one of the two most common types of self storage available. Most shed facilities allow you to drive up to your unit which is usually part of a long metal and concrete row building. Storage sheds are commonly used for:
- Large appliances
- Household items
- Boxed media and clothing

Storage Warehouses

These facilities are usually large buildings with individual units built into the interior of the building. The building is usually climate controlled and has fire suppression systems in place. This self storage type is used most often for:
Storage of documents
Climate and light sensitive items
Anything frozen
Storing paintings or other valuables

Storage Trailers

Self storage trailers are mostly used by someone in need of storage for boxed or bulk items. The most common uses for trailers are:
Vendors storing inventory
Pallets
Groups of bagged and boxed items
Auto parts or tires

Garage Rental Storage

This is the type always found in the newspaper when needing to store vehicles. Rented garage space is used most often by someone looking for seasonal or winter storage for the following:
Campers and RV's
Classic cars
Motorcycles
Boats

Slip or Lot Storage

Facilities specializing in this kind of self storage handle items too large to be placed indoors or on other property. Marinas, Boat Slips and Airplane Hangers are among these. The most common use of lot storage is for:
Large mobile homes
Airplanes
Boats
Tractor trailers

These are the five most often used types of self storage. While each has both disadvantages and advantages to certain needs, all of these types provide one common solution to a need. When people need storage there will be facilities to handle the job.
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