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Things To Consider Before Renting A Storage Space

Things To Consider Before Renting A Storage Space

Written By: Ros Atrisya

The use of a storage unit is an excellent, space-saving option whether you need to temporarily store your belongings while moving or if you need to keep them permanently after downsizing your home. Storage facilities are a convenient, affordable, secure and easy-to-use option for people seeking extra space. Here at SelfStore, our storage facility offers a variety of unit sizes and services to fit your specific storage needs. 

If this is your first time renting a storage space in Singapore, here’s what you need to know when sourcing for one.

1. Full-service storage vs Self-storage

The first step will be to determine which type of storage you will need. Here’s the difference between full-service storage and self-storage:

Full-service storage: Just like self-storage facilities, a full-service storage company provides valet services. This means that you can opt to have them pick up and deliver your belongings to the storage facility. The difference between a full-service storage and a self-storage service is, full-storage services will take a photo of your possessions and document it for record purposes. In addition, you will only have access to the services during business hours. Having an online inventory list or a photo of your storage unit helps you keep track of what’s in storage.

Self-storage: Self-storage is unquestionably the most popular storage option. Storage facilities are an affordable, safe, and secure way to store belongings from the home, and even larger items such as furniture. Self-storage facilities may offer delivery and pick-up services for your belongings as well. However, it’s important to remember that self-storage facilities are not responsible for monitoring the contents of storage units. Therefore, documenting your own possessions is highly recommended. Unlike a full-storage service, self-storage is typically the highly sought after choice as you can retrieve your items at any time you need them. At SelfStore, our storage facility is accessible 24 hours a day for your convenience. Furthermore, self-storage is typically more affordable than full-service storage, making it a better option for those with modest budgets.

2. Deciding on the rental duration

A Man Organising a Storage Unit

Most storage units can be rented for an unlimited period of time. With SelfStore, you’re sure to find an available storage unit, whether you need short-term or long-term storage. In some cases, people may even rent storage units over the long-term as an extra space for personal or business-related items. However, storage companies typically have a minimum time limit for renting a unit. The majority of them are available on a monthly or weekly basis. If you decide to cancel your storage rental, you will have to inform the company in advance. In other words, you may have to pay for the next month regardless of whether you use the rental.

3. Prepare items for long-term storage in advance

Preparing a Box for storing in a Storage Unit

It is imperative to properly prepare items for long-term storage to ensure that they remain in top condition. We recommended keeping a detailed inventory list of all the items you will be keeping in the storage unit. This way, you will be able to keep track of all your possessions. It helps to label them as well after organising them in proper boxes. If you need quality packing materials, you can simply grab ahold of them on our online store.

4. Choose the right storage unit for your needs

Finally, it is important to choose the right storage unit size for your belongings. Depending on what you intend to store, we have over five different storage spaces available for your convenience: locker, small, medium, large and extra large. Even if you don’t require a whole storage unit, we provide lockers for those who simply want to declutter small unused items in their offices or store away small, precious items from home. For more information on the different storage sizes, visit our website.

Renting A Storage Unit At SelfStore

Whether you need the extra space to store your belongings temporarily while your home is under renovation, or looking for permanent storage space for business purposes, SelfStore has a variety of storage units available in different sizes to accommodate all your storage needs. 

Our facility is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week, allowing you to retrieve your items any time, and our centrally located facilities are easy to access. Looking for storage space? Contact us today to get a quote on our storage units!

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