7 Things you need to ask about self storage units

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22nd February, 2019

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7 things you need to ask about self storage units

Self storage units are a great option to store your belongings. You could need extra storage for any number of reasons from domestic or home use to commercial, building site or even event storage.

If you’ve decided that a self storage unit is the way to go then it’s worth taking a little bit of time to ask yourself and your storage company a few important questions. To make things even easier, we’ve put together this list of things to ask before committing to self storage units as a short or long term solution.

1. What are you going to store?

Make an inventory or list of all the items you’ll need to put into the self storage unit. This will help you decide what size unit you’ll need and whether you’ll need access to your belongings while they’re in storage.
It’s important to remember that you’ll need some room to move in the storage unit so that you can pack things up safely and access them later if you need to.

For example – we’ve had customers use mobistorage for home renovations and often they might need access to some items during the renovation but just don’t need them every day. Mobistorage offers a great solution in these cases. Our self storage units are mobile so we can bring it to you and you can pack it up and store it at your home, property or site, allowing very easy access to your items whenever you need them.

2. What size self storage unit do you need?

When it comes to self storage units, size does matter. But the size you need really depends on how much you want to store. If you’ve completed a list of items and you think you might need to access some while they’re in storage, then we recommend ordering a size that will give you easy access and room to move inside the unit. Nobody wants to have to unpack and repack everything when you need something out of the self storage unit.

At mobistorage we have three different sized self storage units:

  • Small (17m³) – 2.4m(W) x 3.0m(L) x 2.3m(H) – (Approximately fits content of a 1 bedroom house)
  • Medium (27.2m³) – 2.4m(W) x 4.9m(L) x 2.3m(H) – (Approximately fits contents of a 2 bedroom house)
  • Large (32.7m³) – 2.4m(W) x 5.9m(L) x 2.3m(H) – (Approximately fits contents of a 3 bedroom house)

Get a quote on our self storage units now.

3. How secure are your self storage units?

Keeping your stuff safe is essential. You really want to be able to put it away and not worry about it, so it’s important to look at how secure the self storage unit itself is and the location it’s stored in. If you choose to use a self storage solution like mobistorage you can keep the unit at your premises or in our secure yard.

You should also think about the safety of the self storage unit itself. All mobistorage units are made of heavy duty steel and they’re 100% fire resistant, weather and pest-proof. It’s important to find out who has access to your unit. With mobistorage you’re the only one with a key so you can rest assured that your equipment and belongings are safe. Mobistorage units all come with a disc lock made from heavy duty stainless steel. If you choose to use a self storage facility or store your mobistorage unit at our secure yard, it’s a good idea to check on these things:

  • Are the grounds patrolled, and if they are, how often?
  • Are there smoke alarms in each building?
  • Is there security lighting around the facility?
  • What insurance options are there?

For more information about our security measures give us a call on 1300 914 706, we’re happy to help.

4. Can I access my belongings?

You know how it goes – you put something away and the next day you need it. To decide on the best option for your self storage needs, it’s important to consider whether you’ll need to access items and how frequently. We recommend finding out how easy access is to arrange and how much it will cost.

Start by asking the following questions:

  • Am I able to access my storage unit at your facility?
  • If so, when and how?
  • Will it cost money each time I access my unit?
  • If not, how much notice needs to be given for access?

5. Can you help with moving and packing?

Packing and moving can be such a stressful experience. Luckily, there are some self storage companies in Perth that offer removal and packing services.
Mobistorage is a unique and convenient self storage solution. We deliver self storage units direct to our customers to be packed up completely on their own schedule. There’s no rush to get things packed away in a unit before closing time and no need to arrange special transport like trucks or trailers.
Once you’ve finished packing, we can collect it and store it for you at our secure storage facility. Or, you can keep it onsite so that you can access it whenever you need, which is a great option if you are renovating or need building site storage. We can also take it to another location for you which is perfect if you are moving to a new property or premises, or you need event storage and want your equipment taken to your next location. Mobistorage sells or hires packing supplies and we can arrange a quality packing service for you.

6. Where is the storage yard located?

Ideally, self storage units are located near you to minimise the hassle of transporting your belongings to and from the yard. But have you thought about a mobile self storage solution? It’s got to be the most convenient self storage solution in Perth. At mobistorage, that’s exactly what we offer. Our self storage units are delivered to your address (and we go anywhere in the Perth metropolitan area). Once you’ve packed the self storage unit, we collect it and bring it to our secure yard.

Our mobistorage yard is located in Welshpool and has easy access to Perth’s main highways – Canning, Leach and Great Eastern. It’s also close to the Perth Airports and major industrial areas like Kewdale.

7. What can’t I store in self storage units?

There are certain guidelines on what items you can and can’t store in a storage unit. These help you decide what to store and also ensures the safety of your property, your self storage unit and the location it is stored in.
Here are some examples of items that you should not store:

  • Fireworks / explosives
  • Paint thinners and flammable substances
  • Wet/Damp items to avoid mould
  • Fertiliser
  • Jerry Cans
  • Aerosol cans
  • Toxic chemicals of any sort
  • Guns or any firearms
  • Corkboards (pests are attracted to their smell)
  • Scented candles
  • Food items for both humans and or animals
  • Banana boxes

Mobistorage makes self storage easy

Whether you need short term or long term self storage units, mobistorage offers a competitively priced and convenient self storage solution.

We come to you. We deliver our mobile self storage units to your location no matter whether it’s a home address or business, saving you the hassle of hiring a truck or having to transport your goods. Once the self storage unit has been delivered to your home or business and you can fill it at your leisure – no need to be in a rush to complete it in a couple of hours or a day. When you’re ready, our truck collects the container and stores it safely at our secure premises in Welshpool.

Alternatively, you can keep the secure container onsite for as long as you need. This is perfect if you are renovating and might need to access the container during the process.

Mobistorage is a locally owned Australian business

Mobistorage is 100% Australian owned and has been proudly serving the people of Perth since 2014. We are a Western Australian based and operated family business that has been involved in the transport and logistic industry for three generations.

For more information about mobistorage storage units call us today on 1300 914 706 for special rates and availability. You can save time and get a quote via our website.

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