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Self Storage VS Full Service Storage: Which one is for you?

The lack of storage space is a reality that residents in London are pretty familiar with. According to studies, small housing spaces are becoming necessary to house everyone in London. These micro-flats can go as small as 12 ft x 12 ft.

Micro flats are considered an affordable solution to London’s rent problem, increasing exponentially over the years. While there is no exact spatial definition of a micro flat, they are typically less than 37 square metres.

Even before this study, Britain is already known for having the smallest homes in Europe. The average floor space in the UK for a one-bedroom house average at 46 sq m, a far cry from Denmark’s 137 sq m average.

London’s housing problem is no secret. In fact, thousands of micro homes are being built every year just to solve this exact problem. The problem here lies in the quality of living. London residents report a decreased quality of living due to the shortage of space. And who wouldn’t complain when they’re living in a wee flat with barely any space, save for their bed and maybe a table?

So what’s the solution to this? Storage units!

Living in London sometimes comes with the sacrifice of having to live in a small home. However, this doesn’t mean that residents should suffer more than they have to. There are multiple storage units in London available for both short- and long-term leases.

Are you moving to London? Read Henfield Storage’s Moving to London Checklist to help you out!

Henfield Storage is one of London’s oldest and most reliable storage companies, providing its residents with clean and affordable storage solutions. They offer two services: self storage and full service storage. 

This article will discuss the difference between the two and whether you need self storage or full service storage.

Self Storage Units

Self storage is the typical leasing of storage units. Chances are you’re already familiar with this concept. You go to a storage facility, usually along highways or major roads, and lease a self storage unit. 

This storage unit can be as small as a 10ft x 10 ft locker or as huge as a 200 ft x 200 ft warehouse. You can choose the size that best fits your storage requirements. Don’t be afraid to discuss with the site manager so you can get the best size for your needs.

The storage unit will be an extension of your house. Consider it your remote garage or an extra room where you store your items. You can customise your storage unit depending on your needs. Some popular customisations include climate-controlled storage units, ramp installations for easier drive-up access and 24/7 CCTV monitoring for better security.

The main benefit of having a storage unit is that you can own the space and store as many items as you want. Many storage facilities will allow you to drive up to your storage unit for more effortless loading and unloading of items. However, for indoor storage units, there are trolleys available at all times.

Here is a step-by-step process of how you can rent a self storage unit in London with Henfield Storage:

  1. Go to our Home Page and enter your location or postcode
  2. Choose your unit size. It’s best to have a list of what items you want to store so you can accurately estimate what size you need.
  3. Call 020 3613 6432 for a quote
  4. Visit the storage facility to view the units. We want you to feel comfortable with us before you entrust us with your items. 
  5. Pay the lease and move in! We can also help you out with moving in. Just let us know

Full Service Storage

Full service storage is a new feature offered by storage companies. They are pretty convenient as you don’t have to lift a single finger to get most of your stuff out of the way. Henfield Storage offers a Click + Store service for locals who don’t want to rent a storage unit.

Full service storage is also called on-demand storage, where the storage company picks up, stores and delivers the items on demand. Essentially, all you have to do is pack your belongings, schedule an appointment with the storage company, and wait for them to pick it up.

They will safely store your items until a time when you need them again. The collection of your items is entirely free with Henfield Storage. Paperwork is also done online and can be done in advance to minimise the hassle. If you want access to your items, let us know, and you can have your items within two business days!

Click + Store is convenient. You won’t have to go through the trouble of loading your car or carrying your items inside your storage unit. However, this is recommended only if you’re planning long-term storage. Unlike actual storage units, Click + Store isn’t as accessible. You can’t just suddenly decide that you need an item. Everything needs to be planned.

Are you considering a Garage for Rent? Read our blog on Self Storage vs Garage for Rent here.

Which one is for me?

Deciding between traditional self-storage or full-service storage depends on you. List down the items you will store and determine whether you’ll need constant access to them or not. You can also compare the costs. If you’ll be able to save more money on one, without impeding on the convenience, then go with that!

The essence of renting self storage units or a full-service storage unit is to provide locals with space to store their items. If you feel uneasy, then you need to look for another storage alternative.

If you’re still confused, don’t hesitate to call Henfield Storage! We will happily answer your questions and provide you with all the necessary information you need to make an informed decision. With over 40 years of service, you can trust us to help you with your storage needs!

Peter Worrall

By Peter Worrall

Peter's experience of the storage industry is second to none. He is an experienced branch manager and runs his site brilliantly; if you’ve got a question, Peter is the man to ask! Away from the office he's a dedicated family man; his hands are always full raising his kids, but he still finds time to follow his favourite football team.

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