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Tips On How To Find A Garage For Rent

A garage for rent is an affordable and versatile storage solution. Using our garage for storing our excess items is considered normal practice already. Unfortunately, not all households come with a garage. A garage for rent bridges the gap between the supply and demand for storage space.

Finding the right Garage for Rent can be tricky though. You must consider several factors before you decide. Read ahead to find out how to choose the best garage for rent. Best of luck!

Identify What You Need Your Garage For

Before anything else, you must identify why you need to rent a garage. Doing so will help you assess how big you will need your unit to be, and if what you need is a garage. 

If you’re only storing a couple of boxes, you might want to look at cheap storage units instead. Henfield Storage offers clean, spacious, and dry storage units of different sizes. They are affordable and requires less maintenance.

To give you an idea on whether you need a garage, here are some of the most common uses for garages for rent:

Parking

Lock-up garages are traditionally used as a parking space for vehicles. Keeping your car in a secure garage can help protect it from damage such as extreme temperatures, hail, and random debris. 

Parking your vehicle in a secure or lock up garage also protects it from theft and vandalism. A garage for rent is perfect for when you’ll be gone for an extended amount of time. Coming home to your car in pieces is not a pleasant experience.

Storage

Garages are also often used for domestic storage purposes. A garage is often used as a storage space for items not needed for daily life. Items such as seasonal clothes, power tools, extra furniture, valuable collectibles, and personal memorabilia are usually sent off to storage so they do not clutter homes. 

Business

If you have a small business or planning on starting one, lock up garage spaces are also an ideal place to start. We’ve all heard of how Amazon was founded inside a garage. Why can’t the same happen to your company too?

Many commercial entities also use garages for rent as their official warehouse for physical goods, inventory, company files and even office supplies.

Hobbies

If you’ve been meaning to put up a home gym but don’t have space for it, a garage could be the perfect spot. Alternatively, you may also turn one into an arts and crafts area, a music studio, or even a wood workshop. Some hobbies require a lot of space, space that your house may not exactly have. A garage for rent provides you with the option to do your hobby even when you’re living in a small flat.

Research Your Options

Aside from a unit at a typical garage facility, you can also rent private garage spaces. These are typically rented out by a private individual or a landlord. Private lockups are often connected to a single-detached residential property in the suburbs or a business establishment in the city. Families that don’t use their garage look for tenants for some extra cash. 

You may also opt to rent a lockup from your city council. These units are incredibly affordable, especially when you are a council tenant. However, there is usually a long waitlist to rent one.

Some people are not too keen on waiting a long time or using someone else’s garage. If you are one of them, you may always go for a unit at one of your local storage facilities instead. At Henfield Storage, you may rent a storage unit which you can use for both parking and domestic storage. Renting a unit at a storage facility allows for maximum flexibility because you will have the option to choose the size of the storage space to rent.

Are you new to storage units? Read our blog Do I Need to Rent A Storage Unit? now!

Make Sure The Space Is Accessible To You

Accessibility is crucial in choosing the garage you want to rent. You may be wondering, “What does accessibility entail exactly?” Well, there are three things you should consider when you think of accessibility:

Location

First, you want a garage that is accessible to you location-wise. Choose a unit that is convenient for you. If it’s too far, there is a high chance you won’t go to it as often. If you’re storing items you’ll regularly need, you’ll feel that it’s easier to just buy a second one than drive to your garage and sort through boxes. This ends with you having more items than you originally had. Also, if you are using it for parking, an extension of your home, or as an office, then you want it close by.

If you are considering Henfield’s multipurpose storage units, you’ll be glad to know that the company has facilities all across the UK. We offer storage units in Chiswick, Crawley, Horsham, Southwark, Cricklewood, and Wimbledon.

Schedule

Second, you should rent out a garage space that is accessible in terms of your schedule. Can you come and go as you please or will you have to follow standard operating hours? Will their provided hours of operation work for you? Will you need something that allows for earlier or later entry?

Some storage facilities follow office hours. Tenants can’t access their storage units outside of these hours. It is incredibly convenient especially if your job follows these hours. How exactly can you follow a storage company’s 9-to-5 schedule when you’re at the office at these times?

Physical Accessibility

Lastly, check for physical accessibility. How much street congestion would you typically have to endure to get to your unit? Will you be able to just drive your car up to your space or will you need to get a permit? Will the move require heavy equipment? If you aren’t using your space for parking, how far away from the unit will you have to park the car? Is the walk worth it?

Unit Security

The security of your garage should be your top-most priority.  Here are some security measures and information you will want to be on the lookout for:

  • Is there 24/7 CCTV Coverage?
  • Are there security personnel or security gates in and around the facility?
  • What type of material is the garage made of?
  • Who can access your unit?
  • Is the location of the facility or unit in a safe neighbourhood?

You can see Henfield Storage’s security measures here. We guarantee that all of your stuff will be safe and secure.

 

Find Out How Much It’s Going To Cost You

Last but not least, consider how much your prospective unit is going to cost. Can you afford it? Does your landlord provide special rates? How flexible is your lease? Is their mode of payment convenient for you?

These are some factors you need to consider when choosing a garage for rent. In conclusion, you rent a garage to make your life more convenient. If it’s going the other way, find a better alternative. If you are looking for non-garage type alternatives, don’t forget to check out other self storage unit options at Henfield Storage!

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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