Determine which storage option best suits your storage needs!
Whether you are looking for short term storage or something more long term, self storage and managed storage (warehouse storage) are both great options to be considered. Generally speaking, it is not so much about the type of items you store, be it personal items such as clothing, collectibles, baby items, electronic equipment, furniture; or business equipment or stock inventory, both storage solutions are suitable. So, what’s the best option for you? Here’s a few common questions to help you work through the decision process.
Is safety or storage conditions a concern?
While some may feel that having their items locked inside a unit puts a higher level of security to their stored belongings, the fact is that both are equally safe. Both managed storage and self-storage have CCTV monitoring and while self-storage offers individually secured units you can access. With managed storage facility, you have access to your secured storage area while accompanied by our member of staff. Furthermore, both storage options are climate-controlled so your goods will be stored under the same conditions without worries.
Do you need frequent access?
Perhaps the biggest difference between managed storage and self storage is the flexibility of access. If you need to access your storage any time as and when you like, then self storage has the advantage. Having said that though, Cube’s Manage Storage is supported by 7-day access through our customer service team so moving things in and out is rarely ever a problem.
Do the items stored need to be managed or handled by you?
The nature of your items stored are also a key factor of which storage solution to choose. If everything is properly packed and boxed (or in a suitcase, etc.), both options are equally suitable. However, should you have lots of loose or unbundled items that needs to be on a shelf for item level access, self storage may be the better option as you can have everything loosely left out of the box within your storage unit and not worry about packing it all up properly after your access.
How cost conscious are you?
Last but not least, there is the matter of cost. There is no reason you would want to pay any more than necessary and that’s where the advantage of Manage Storage comes in. With Managed Storage, you only pay for the amount of space you use. So, if you could pack your items well, you will be keeping the costs lower. With Self Storage units, there is usually more loose space for ease of access so you would tend to go a little bigger. The rate for Self Storage will also be higher than Managed Storage so all this makes Managed Storage a better deal if it suits.
The Final Verdict
Having asked yourself all these questions and have a better idea of the pros and cons of each solution, you may still be stuck with wondering which is the right solution for you. The good news is that we are here to help. Our experienced customer support team will be able to understand your requirements and recommend the right solution for you, whether that’s self storage, managed storage or a combination of both where you get the best of both worlds and keep your costs down to boot!
What are you waiting for?
Contact our storage specialists today to discuss the best storage option for your needs.