4 Things You Should Know About
Secure Self Storage
So you’ve finally realised you just don’t have enough space for all your stuff.
Whether it was the feeling of crowdedness at home, or the inability to access that important drawer at work because it was stuck behind another cabinet, you’re at your wits ends.
Well, you’ve made a great choice. Secure self storage is one of the most popular ways for Aussie business and homeowners to give themselves a little extra breathing space.
Now you’ve just got to decide which storage facility works for you! Aside from locality and convenience, there are a few things you should know about when choosing a secure self storage facility. Let’s take a look:
- Container Grades: New, A, B, and C
- How Secure is Secure?
- Container Ventilation
- Water, Wind + Rodent Proof
Secure Self Storage Container Grades: A, B, and C
There are actually five grades of containers, but there aren’t many who use New grade units, and if you spot a self storage lot with D grade containers, keep on moving!
So, what’s the difference?
There are four main things that judge a container’s grade:
- Internal condition
- Floor stains & marks
- External condition
- Wind and water-tightness
Without going into extensive detail on each, you can expect that New containers will be better in each of these categories than A grade containers, A will be better than B, and so on…
When you’re choosing a secure self storage facility, wind and water-tightness should be your main concern. The rest is, to a degree, cosmetic, and shouldn’t make too much of a difference. For that reason, your best bet is going to find self storage that uses New and A grade containers as we do here at Caboolture Containers Hire & Sale.
How secure is secure?
Everyone has a different definition of security, so you’ll want to make sure that the self storage facility you choose matches up to your expectations.
Here are a few questions to answer for secure self storage:
- Does the facility have adequate fencing?
- Do they have security cameras?
- What kind of locks are used on the containers? (usually BYO padlock)
- Is the compound itself locked after hours
Container ventilation for your secure self storage
This is one factor of choosing a secure self storage lot that often gets overlooked: ventilation.
You see, you want to keep your stuff secure, which to most people means “not stolen”. But it should also mean safe from harm.
If your furniture and appliances are stored in a container without adequate ventilation, the container can often sweat, which causes moisture and condensation to occur and mould to grow. This can eventually destroy electrical equipment, degrade the quality of the boxes you have things stored in, and wreck wooden furniture.
That’s the last thing you want to discover after having all your beloved homeware in storage for 12 months.
Self storage facilities use containers of all different sizes, but 20ft containers tend to be the best choice as they have fantastic ventilation. 20ft containers have a total of 10 vents (5 on each side), which ensures the container can breathe and helps to prevent moisture and mould growth.
Secure Self Storage that is Water, Wind + Rodent Proof
Speaking of keeping your home and office equipment safe from destruction, make sure your secure self-storage lot uses containers that are water, wind, and rodent proof.
The container grade should help you determine this, as well as any other measures the facility has taken to ensure their containers are safe from the elements, and from pesky vermin. You sure as heck don’t want to open that container to discover a rat family living in your lounge suite!