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If you are looking for a convenient, cost-effective, and secure solution to your storage problem, then a self-storage unit is the answer. But not all self-storage facilities are equal.

Choosing the right self-storage unit is key to a fantastic self-storage experience. In this guide, we list everything you need to know before using a self-storage unit.

What to look for in a self-storage supplier

Whether for private or business use, a self-storage unit can be used to ease space and storage woes in a huge range of scenarios. From businesses with excess stock to store to homeowners wanting to declutter and much more besides there are thousands of reasons that people and businesses turn to self-storage.

But you want to make sure that your precious belongings are in safe hands when they are stored. This is why taking a bit of time to pick the perfect self-storage company is essential.

Here is our list of what to look for when choosing a self-storage solution:

1.    Clean and well-maintained facilities

The first thing to check is the cleanliness and state of repair of the self-storage facility. This is essential as dirty and poorly maintained facilities will quickly degrade the condition of your belongings.

Damp, dirt, and grime in a self-storage facility will inevitably work their way into your belongings no matter how well they are prepared and stored. The result is often returning to find your belongings have succumbed to mould, mildew, and in the worst cases, pest infestations.

2.    Proper loading and unloading facilities

Look for facilities that offer covered loading bays with proper ramps and onsite extras like trolleys and pallet trucks available for use. For larger loads, it is also useful to look for self-storage that offers dock leveller facilities.

Finally, look for storage solutions that also have plenty of onsite parking. This is particularly important if you are likely to be a frequent visitor to your storage unit.

3.    Make sure there are high levels of security

When choosing your self-storage unit, you want to have the peace of mind that comes from knowing your belongings are as secure as possible. You need to know that once your goods are stored, and the door is locked, there are multi-layers of security to keep them safe.

Typically, a well-secured facility will offer the following security measures as standard: 

  • Internal and external CCTV
  • The use of your own locks to secure your unit
  • Alarm systems that alert the police
  • Building occupancy logs
  • Access codes that are valid only for the period of tenancy
  • Individual alarms on each unit

4.    Variety of unit sizes

Everyone’s storage needs are different. Opt for a self-storage facility that offers a range of unit sizes, this way, you can be sure that the unit you choose is of the perfect size to match your storage needs.

On the same subject, opt for a storage solution that makes moving to a different size of storage unit easy. This way, as your storage demands change, moving to a unit that suits your new circumstances is simple. The last thing you want to do is to organise transport to a different facility and all the associated hassle that comes with shifting to a new location.

5.    Check the contract

Some storage companies will tie you down to long contracts, and while some people may be looking for longer-term storage, if you are only looking for storage for a short period, this can be inconvenient and costly.

Reputable self-storage companies will quite happily offer short-term deals that can be extended if required. At Belfast Self Storage, for instance, the minimum period of storage is 2 weeks, however, we request 14 days notice to vacate your unit. Similarly, make sure there are no restrictions on the maximum length you can store your goods.

6.    The price is right!

For a self-storage solution to work for you, the price has to be right. Self-storage doesn’t cost the earth, and for businesses, they are almost always the cheapest storage option.

7.    Ease of access

Many self-storage users require regular access to their stored items. Always check that the provider you opt for allows regular access to your goods. As a minimum, you want to make sure that you have access during regular business hours and at the weekends.

This is what we offer at Belfast Self Storage, but we also take it one step further. Belfast Self Storage can organise access to your goods 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week, by prior arrangement.


Following the few simple guidelines listed above will ensure that your self-storage experience is a happy one.

There is one company in Ireland that ticks all the above boxes and more – Belfast Self Storage. At Belfast Self Storage, storage is our passion, and we are committed to ensuring that every one of our customers is delighted with our quality of service and commitment to customer care.

Why not contact us today and find out more about our self-storage solutions?