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The Difference Between Long Term Public Storage and Short Term Self Storage

Sep 11, 2008
There are many reasons today why you may find yourself in need of a good storage facility. Maybe you are downsizing or between homes, have possessions that you can't bear to part with but that are cluttering up your new, tiny apartment, have boxes of business documents that are taking over your office, are relocating or traveling overseas for an extended period of time or maybe you just bought a new car and actually need to reclaim the garage. Whatever your needs might be, there are storage solutions available for you.

Short Term Self Storage

This option is being utilized all over the country. Convenient, flexible and easy to use, self-storage is perfect for short-term transitions.

Self-storage is provided in clean, secure, sometimes climate controlled environments in specialist facilities. You choose the size of your storage locker, which can range from a small closet style to the size of an apartment, and determine what length of time you need the locker for. Self-storage is rented month-to-month and you can upgrade or downgrade your locker as your requirements change.

For self-storage you apply your own lock to the storage unit and are the only one with access to your belongings. You are free to come and go as you please and remove and replace items at will. There is no charge for accessing the facility and you can do so at times that are convenient to you (subject to storage opening hours).

With self-storage you are responsible for packing your belongings and delivering them to the facility. You choose how best to fill your locker or storage space, which allows you the freedom to put items you might need frequently at the front, and seldom used belongings at the back.

When you decide you no longer need the storage locker you simply pack up your possessions and move them out. Many self-storage agreements can be terminated on short notice allowing you a lot of flexibility with your storage needs.

Long Term Public Storage

What if you are in need of a more permanent storage solution?

Perhaps you are relocating overseas for a number of years or traveling and don't want to sell all your worldly possessions. Maybe you inherited some antique furniture that won't fit in your current home but you are planning on upsizing in a year or two. Maybe you have a classic car, boat or other item that you will not be using for a while. This is where long-term public storage comes to your aid.

With this kind of facility the management has more control over the care of your possessions (when you are away overseas this is a comforting notion.) They organize the storage of your goods and ensure that everything is packed away properly for long-term storage.

Usually with long-term storage you will be provided with a lease that will normally save you money over the month-to-month rentals. Access is by authorization only and this keeps your belongings secure while you are away. Some companies use giant containers in climate controlled warehouses for long-term storage while others use regular looking storage facilities.

In the end, which storage facility you choose, is determined by your particular storage needs. Both long-term public storage and short-term self-storage offer great solutions for people and their possessions. The peace of mind in knowing your belongings are being kept in a secure environment is paramount (especially if you are out of the country). Rather than relying on friends or relatives to store your precious belongings it is much better to rely on the professionals.
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