Filling a Need
Self storage offers both personal and business users a storage solution that they can
pretty much control themselves. As opposed to earlier, more "traditional" storage
methods, self-storage allows you, the renter to keep goods and belongings in specialized
facilities that are secure, environmental controlled and easy to access – no more
frustrating rules and regulations, limited access, or long term contracts with rates
that are through the roof. With the evolution of self-storage facilities, we've been
given a lot more choice. It's "Do It Yourself" storage at a cost far less than large
storage companies could ever offered.
The evolution of self-storage began with the realization that many consumers and
businesses need more control over what, where, when and how they store their personal
& business items [omit: the self-storage industry has evolved into a cost-effective,
flexible and secure storage alternative]. Now the self-storage space you rent is
self-contained, fully enclosed and can vary in size according to your specific needs
& budgets. From a space as small as a closet, to a unit large enough to store your car,
your boat, the entire contents of your apartment, house or more, Peninsula Self-Storage
has you covered.
This is an incredibly flexible & reliable storage alternative. You can choose to store
pretty much anything you like in the space size that fits your needs, for as long or as
short as you deem necessary (within the limitations of the contract which typically exclude
banned or hazardous materials). Unlike traditional storage methods, self-storage allows you
to access your storage space free of charge at any time (subject to the facilities opening
& closing times). This means that not only can you easily access what you have stored, but
you can take parts of it out and replace it with other items with no hassle, no waiting and
at no additional cost - that is priceless!
In many cases you can simply drive up to your
self-storage unit, park your car or truck, enter the secure area and access your belongings
with no hassle, no long lines or waiting. You can even change the size of your storage space
according to your changing needs. And, unlike traditional storage methods of the past, you'll
know that your self-storage unit will stay where it is, your belongings will not be moved around
by the storage provider unbeknown to you, nor will they be subject to damage through mishandling
by careless workers or accidental damage.
How It Works
If you're considering using a self-storage facility, the first thing you'll notice is that
it's up to you to get your items to the self-storage facility, pack your goods into the space
provided and, ultimately, move it out (although some companies offer fee-based removal service
and packing services including moving trucks, dollies & hand truck rentals). On the plus side,
this allows you to pack your storage space in the way that best suits your needs so that you
can easily access your items without having to unload the entire contents of your unit. Most
facilities will offer for sale; boxes, packing supplies like tape, bubble wrap, locks and
many other helpful items & tips to ensure your moving & storage experience is a safe and
Most self storage agreements can usually be cancelled at a moments notice. Although you may
be asked to pay a deposit and weekly or monthly rental charges up front, when you cancel
your agreement you'll generally find that most self storage facilities will be willing to
refund you any time you haven't used. Keep in mind, self-storage facilities do not charging
you to access your storage space - unlike traditional storage companies who typically charge
and require advance notice whenever the need arises for you to access your belongings.
Self storage is also a secure solution to storage needs. In most cases, the storage unit you
rent can only be accessed by the renter. You will be the only authorized key holder, unless
you appoint additional key holders, which will be listed on your agreement. In most cases,
you'll be expected to provide your own lock for your space (which may be available for sale
at the facility), giving you the extra guarantee of security.
In addition, reputable
self-storage facilities will have a range of their own security measures in place - these
can include TV monitors, guards and a wide variety of alarm systems that are generally
monitored at a central location within the facility. Most facilities even control and monitor
the environment including temperature & humidity.
What the Future Holds
As the self-storage industry has evolved, so has the range of services being offered at their
facilities. Larger self-storage facilities have just started to offer business services that
include the renting of office space, administrative services, secretarial & phone services,
conference and meeting areas and toilets, some even have showers
Only time will tell how far self-storage facilities will evolve, but one thing’s for certain –
it’s only going to get better!