There is a wide range of uncertainty surrounding many industries right now and self storage should be no exception to this. The self storage industry is heavily tied to the housing market, businesses such as hospitality and retail along with other areas such as office rental. Due to the turmoil in those markets self storage usage has changed and in some cases even increased in duration. With all that being said it is more important than ever to ensure you are getting the best price for your self storage. Many storage companies build flashy expensive storage units in prominent city-centre locations which are fantastically convenient for those nearby but it also means you end up paying extra for the location and often brand name.
In this article, we are going to cover 5 key points that will help you store for less and pass those saving on to the things that really matter to you such as your new home, business or latest DIY project.
1) Special Offers
With so much competition and self storage facilities popping up more frequently across every major city in the UK it is extra important to keep an eye out on what special offers are available and how you can take advantage of them. For example companies such as Manchester-based Self Storage Tameside’ have a huge range of offers including 50% off your first 12 weeks of storage which can help people save more when storing for prolonged periods of time. Most storage companies will have similar deals for different durations so shop around and find the perfect one for you.
Special offers are a smart way to help you save money on the additional storage costs that can rack up so make sure you keep an eye out for things being included in the price or discounted such as collection, removal and delivery services.
We all like something for free and this is a fantastic way to reduce your overheads when it comes to putting things into storage. With so much competition in the industry storage companies are competing against each other to offer more extras and in some cases will even offer them for free included in the cost of storage.
Packing boxes are a big extra as they help you keep your things safe, secured and organised while in storage. Many larger storage companies aim to profit from selling boxes to customers often for a reasonably high price. If you shop around you may find storage companies that offer boxes at a discounted rate for new customers or in some cases they may even offer them for free.
Location, location location….yes, this is a hugely important factor when it comes to customers finding the perfect self storage unit for themselves but as we mentioned in the introduction to this article, location can often have a huge impact on price. If you are located near a large city centre area then the most obvious choices for you would be to look for the closest storage unit and the chances are this is what search engines would show you as well. If you want to be savvy and find the best price then it may be worth looking a little further afield for storage units on the outskirts of major urban developments as these venues will likely have a much cheaper price.
Often the main location concern for customers is the ease of access to drop their goods off and pick them up. That being said there are some companies that will help make this easier with free collection and removals and in some cases, even free van hire so you can save money on location and still conveniently move your things into storage.
With anything, these days reputation is of the utmost importance and fortunately, as a consumer, there are so many ways that we can determine a companies reputation and credibility. Google has one of the best systems for determining if a business has a good reputation and that comes in the form of business listings on Google.
If you aren’t sure if a business can be trusted or provides a high-quality service then you can search for that business name online then check them out on the Google Business listing on the maps section of Google. Here you will be able to see how they are rated out of 5 stars along with both positive and negative customer reviews. We would recommend you have a look at how a company scores on Google My Business before choosing your storage and often many reviews will provide you with an insight into pricing.
When you put all the points in this list together it all boils down to services being the main way to get a good price on self storage. The extra services you get help to determine how many additional costs you can avoid paying for storage so here is a list of services to look out for to help you store for less.
• Packing Boxes
• Van Rental
• Packing Materials
• Collection Service
• Removals Service
This has just been a short 5 point article on some ways to save money when using self storage but the best advice possible is to just shop around and ensure you look at all aspects of the storage journey to find your best price. One storage company might be cheaper per month in rent but if you have to pay a fortune to move in then a different company might be a better choice. Hopefully, this article has given you a good idea of what to look for when choosing storage and will allow you to find the best price for your self storage.