Traditional Self-Storage

Conventional self-storage provides tenants with free accessibility provided that the monthly rent is paid every month and renters may remove or add items whenever they need to.

However, this type of storage provides limited options and is merely a structure with a few locking units in a deserted lot.

There are generally no additional security options, and the location often has not enough lighting solutions around the building.

Renting of traditional storage can take up a lot of money and time, as the renter is liable for all the aspects relating to the storage rental process including packing and transporting and sometimes even supplying their locking mechanisms for the overhead door.

Renters have the added expense of renting a truck and movers to haul their belongings to the storage facility.

Full-Service Self-Storage

Full self-storage is an inexpensive and stress-free way to store your extra belongings. This service includes free pickup and delivery of your items at a convenient time of your choosing, and you have access to security such as camera surveillance and the option of extra services like moving boxes and insurance which can be highly convenient.

Full self-storage solutions have restricted public access which makes it problematic for burglars or vandals to break in or vandalise your unit.

The storage company will collect your belongings, transport it to the facility and unpack it carefully and immaculately into the storage unit.

The History Of Self-Storage

While full-service self-storage is somewhat modern, conventional self-storage has been around since 1958 when the first storage facility opened in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

During the late 1960s, a chain of storage facilities began opening their doors throughout Texas.

By the 1990s, self-storage has reached a high, and as the demand exceeded provision, a flow of storage facilities opened up all over the United States.

Over 3000 storage facilities were erected from the year 2000 to 2005.

Who rents self-storage units?

Today, there are more than 2.35 billion square feet of storage space obtainable for rent in the United States.

The need for renting storage space is generally related to the 4 D’s:

  • Divorce
  • Death
  • Dislocation
  • Density

Divorce – As with death, divorce settlements often leave one spouse or their ex-partner with additional belongings they don’t have space for, therefore resorting to storage is the obvious solution.

Death – With the passing of someone, they generally leave behind a significant amount of belongings. The remaining family members have to go through these items and decide what should happen to them. Usually, during this time, family members make use of a storage unit to house the extra belongings until they’ve reached a decision.

Dislocation – Life events such as job promotions, graduation from College and marriage can lead to dislocation. Moving can be quite problematic, but storage provides a convenient and less stressful method of relocating items.

Density – Individuals living in over-populated and large cities generally have inadequate space for storing extra items. A storage unit can provide an expanded storage option for their household, so they don’t have to get rid of cherished belongings while leaving their home with more space.