Buyer's Guide: Deciding on self storage

There are many reasons why people find that they need extra storage space from time to time. From moving homes to people who are undertaking a major renovation, repair or refurbishment. Regardless of the reasons, if you find the need for self-storage then you'll need to know the basics in order to find the best deal, so in this guide we talk you through the important factors in choosing a self-storage unit.

Search for location

While there are many factors to consider, the most important one is location. In 99% of the cases, you will need your self-storage unit to be close. For this reason, it would be best to either look for a storage space provider which has locations UK-wide or a regional one whose storage space is conveniently situated. Every provider will ask for your postcode to identify and refer you to the place which is closest to you, and in many instances you’ll find the information freely available online through a search feature.

How much and for how long

An important consideration is to identify how much space you would need. Some self-storage providers have placed useful videos which will help you optimally arrange irregular items such as furniture or pieces of art so you can fit the same amount of luggage within smaller space. Take advantage of them and maximise space utilisation.

The price factor

Of course, price matters;generally you will be offered to pay per week or month. If you stay longer, you may be offered a bonus of paying £1 or half the price for the first month. You can also agree on paying for a bigger unitat the same rate of a smaller one if you occupy a unit for a considerable period of time. The minimum rent time is one week and as soon as you keep up with your payments you can stay for as long as you like.

Other factors to consider when choosing self-storage


Considering security should be vital in considering where to store your items. You should inspect the storage provider premises in person before deciding whether to let a unit, paying particularly attention to security features such as CCTV, outside lighting and the strength of the unit doors. Don't forget to provide your own padlock to ensure that only you have a key to that unit.


Reputation is a great indicator of the security of a self-storage provider, as well as their levels of customer service. Checking online consumer reviews will give you an idea of how previous and current customers have found the service, and you may also come across reviews which draw on security breaches.

Hidden costs

Whilst the majority of self-storage providers are transparent about their fees you need to ensure that you know what you’re paying. Checking any contract over in detail is vital if you’re to avoid fees such as card processing charges, access fees and added security costs such as applying a more robust padlock.