How Do Self Storage Units Work?

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If you’re considering placing items into storage, a common option is to hire a self storage unit. If you’re not sure what self storage is or what you can use it for, you’ve come to the right place. This quick guide will walk you through exactly how self storage units work.


What Is a Self Storage Unit?

A self storage unit is a space that you can hire on a monthly basis to store personal items. Most self storage units are accessible 24/7 and kept on a secure site with round-the-clock surveillance.


What Can I Use It For?

Self storage is versatile and can be used as a long-term storage space away from home or as a temporary storage solution to get you through a big life change. They are particularly useful if you’re between house moves or if your belongings are outgrowing the space you have in your current abode.

They are also suitable for business use, storing equipment for sole traders and the self-employed, or storing stock for your small business.


What’s the Process For Getting a Self Storage Unit?

With 1st Access personal storage in Peterborough, it’s never been easier to organise a suitable storage facility for your belongings.


Designed to be fully flexible, you can benefit from short or long term storage depending on your needs. Our storage units are hired on a monthly basis, and we won’t bind you to a fixed contract.



Step 1: Choose your storage
There are various storage solutions available, including the following:

• Self storage: Accessed from an internal facility, these lockable, secure units are available in sizes ranging from 25 sq ft to 200 sq ft.
Document storage: GDPR-compliant document archiving is ideal for storing confidential paperwork for business and personal use.
Container storage: Containers can be accessed externally, and due to their size, they are ideal for the long-term storage of larger items, including small vehicles.


Step 2: Estimate your space
With our self storage units in Peterborough ranging from 25 sq. ft. to 200 sq. ft, we can comfortably store a handful of belongings from your garage right up to the full contents of a five-bedroom house. To estimate what size unit you need and to get an accurate quote, we recommend referring to our storage size guide.


Step 3: Choose your access level
At 1st Access, we offer a range of accessibility options, which you can select as part of our online quote form process.


These include:

• Standard access: Access available within our standard opening hours
• Extended access: Access from 6am to 8pm, every day
• 24/7 access: Total access around the year


Specific instructions will be provided on how to access your unit at the start of your storage hire.


Step 4: Organise your move in
The good news is that many self storage companies, like us, offer a full move-in and move-out service, meaning you don’t have to worry about transporting your belongings to and from the storage unit. Simply fill out our form or give us a call to arrange a suitable collection or drop-off time. We can even provide packaging if you require it.


You will need to purchase a padlock. Only you will have access to your unit.


Step 5: Get insurance
If you’re placing higher value items into storage or contents that are collectively worth a lot of money, it’s recommended that you buy insurance for your peace of mind.


Step 5: Let us know when you’re ready to go
Simply let our team know when you would like to move out. Our friendly team can drop off your items at your address. If you move out part way through a month, we’ll even provide a partial refund. We don’t tie you down – we’re fully flexible to ensure that the storage is on your terms.


Use Self Storage in Peterborough with 1st Access
We’ve been the trusted provider of storage in Peterborough since 1990, and with glowing 5-star reviews, we pride ourselves on our friendly and professional customer service.


We hope this guide has answered some of your questions about how self storage works. For more information, you can visit our website or give our friendly team a call.


Book your self storage unit with 1st Access today.


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