Many people in the UK need somewhere safe and accessible to store their possessions. Somewhere that isn’t their house or place of work, and preferably as near to them as possible.
This could be because they don’t have the space, or it could be due to security reasons. It could be households who are moving home or decluttering. It could be businesses that need a secure place to store the valuable stock or materials that they’re using to grow their business and livelihoods.
When it comes to self storage access, one criterion for finding a satisfactory storage solution is being able to access the storage unit where you’ve stored your items 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
This is particularly important for people who are storing items for their business. Anyone running a small or medium sized business knows that it can be an all-encompassing pursuit. Growing your business doesn’t have regular hours and doesn’t always stop at 5pm. The idea of not being able to access your stock, tools or equipment that is central to running your business outside of hours is unacceptable.
Therefore many people require that ability to access their self storage unit literally whenever they like.
Container storage is a great solution for people needing 24-hour access to their storage. Container storage is provided by companies that have large, secure sites with shipping containers on them as storage units. Customers rent an individual container as their storage unit.
The reason this works so well for 24 hour access self storage is because you have direct access to a standalone unit. You’re given access to the site 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – where you’re able to drive your vehicle to the door of your storage unit.
This makes more sense when you compare container self access storage to its alternatives – in particular indoor storage rooms. These are storage units that are housed in large warehouse buildings. It is harder for these companies to grant 24-hour access because it poses more of a security risk. Granting someone access to a building is more of a danger that granting someone access to an open site where they’re able to drive to their specific container storage unit.
You may never have heard of container storage until reading this blog post – so it’s natural to ask yourself if this is the right storage option for you? To help you make a more informed decision, check out our Why Use a Container as Storage? article.
To summarise, the main questions people have around container storage are;
Will it keep my items dry, secure and clean?
Containers are relied on to transport the world’s goods all around the world. It’s not an exaggeration to say that shipping containers make the world’s trade work – without them the world would look very different.
Large multinationals would not use shipping containers to transport highly valuable goods on the seas if they couldn’t keep the items dry and safe from the elements.
Shipping containers are watertight. We’ve used them for over 20 years to help people store goods. We’d not have got that far if people’s prized possessions were getting wet left and right.
Shipping containers are made of steel and as a result are very hard to break into.
Each shipping container comes with an extra layer of protection in the form of a steel lock box that protects the padlock that locks the container.
Container storage sites also come with all the features you’d expect of a secure self access storage facility:
Quality storage companies inspect the units before handing them onto new customers. These should always be clean and in satisfactory condition.
Check online reviews to make sure you’re using a container storage with a reputable reputation.
We’ve written a more detailed post on helping people pick the right self access storage company that give you a full guide on making the right decision on who to store with.
There is more good news when it comes to container storage. Not only does it provide an excellent solution if you’re looking for 24-hour access – but it is generally a cheaper, more affordable, storage option.
That is because container storage companies are less expensive to set up and to run (than the alternatives in the self storage market). That means that those savings can be passed onto the customers in the form of cheaper storage – all without compromising the quality of the storage itself.
Everyone wants storage that is clean, dry, secure and accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Once you’ve found a company that is able to deliver all of those things – no one wants to pay any more than they have to for storage, which makes container storage a great option!