After all, you would not hand over your possessions to a stranger without checking them out first.
Some less reputable firms open up and offer cheap self storage to make a quick buck - but your belongings are often kept in unsuitable damp and dirty premises with little or no security that can ruin fragile items.
Here are some quick tips that will help sort the self storage experts from the cowboys:
Condensation is the top cause of damage to furniture, fabrics and paper in self storage. The problem is storage units have wild swings in temperature that causes condensation. Over time, the damp then warps planks and boards, presents mould on upholstery and fabrics and deteriorates documents and photographs.
Climate control solves this problem by maintaining a constant self storage unit temperature by circulating warm air that eliminates condensation.
If you can just walk in to a storage centre without entering a PIN code or checking in with staff, then that should set alarm bells ringing!
Only you should have the key to your door and self storage centres should have rigorous security protecting the building inside and out.
You need clear access to drive up to your storage, unload and manoeuvre large objects in to your unit. Corridors should be clean and well lit. Expect freely available trolleys and a lift to upper floors.
Long opening hours and staff on site
Opening in business hours is fine - but not if you are at work or college during the day. Check the storage centre has evening and weekend opening hours so you can get to your belongings.
Any self storage centre that ticks the ‘yes’ box for these pointers is showing the needs of customers are considered and the staff care about looking after the belongings left with them - Space Station Self Storage takes pride in making sure we offer top customer service and excellent facilities.
Find out more about Space Station Self Storage (Link: http://www.space-
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Space Station Self Storage provides local storage centres in West London, Berkshire and Heathrow with state-of the art security, professional service and excellent facilities at great rates. For more details, go to http://www.space-