Storage FAQs

Storage FAQs removals bedford

Storage units are incredibly useful, and in more ways than one. They offer a safe, alternative solution to a cluttered home or office. With units ranging in sizes, there will always be room for your belongings despite the size. Storage units in Bedford will supply you with a secure place for you to keep your possessions until you can find a place for them at home.


1. What is Self-Storage?

Self-storage is the process of keeping your belongings in a unit. If you notice you don’t have enough room in your home for your possessions, then a unit is likely to benefit you. Storage units are available for looking after your belongings despite how big they are. No item is too big or too small to be kept in a storage unit.  


2. How Do I Get Started?

Getting started with a storage unit is nice and easy. You first want to locate a storage unit facility that is near to you. From this fill out a contact form on their site for a callback, or you could phone or email them directly.


3. Do I Need Self Storage?

It’s hard to say whether or not someone will need a storage unit as we don’t know your situation. However, they are things we can advise you to look out for that will help you decide if you need a unit.

If you notice that your belongings are piling up in your home and you’re running out of places to put them, then you may benefit from a storage unit. Perhaps you’re a business with excess office furniture. Rather than having the furniture lying around, put in it a unit until you need it back in the office.

Other reasons you may need a storage unit could include, if you are moving house, going to university or college, renovating your home, garden/home furniture or you just want to keep something safe. You could even use the unit for seasonal possessions such as Christmas decorations.


4. Do I Need to Insure my Stored Goods?

You don’t necessarily need to get insurance on your belongings when you put them in storage however it is advisable. You may find that you will benefit from having insurance just in case something gets broken. Some storage facilities might offer insurance within the price of the unit. However, if they don’t, then it could be considered beneficial to take some out.


5. How Much Storage Do I Need?

The amount of storage you will need will be entirely dependant upon the items you are going to be storing. If you are looking to store furniture, then a larger unit will benefit you greatly. However, if you are just looking at storing some household appliances/belongings, then a smaller unit would be suitable. Often it is beneficial to talk to the storage company to see what they can recommend.

6. When Can I Access my Belongings?

You can access your belongings at any time you wish to. Most storage companies tend to be accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This allowing you to access it whenever you want. Some storage facilities have different operating hours. Take this into account when choosing where to store your belongings. If you want to be able to access your possessions whenever you want, then a 24/7 storage facility will be more appropriate.


7. Will I Need ID When I Sign Up for a Storage Unit?

When hiring a storage unit, it is commonly known that a form of identification will be necessary. This is for legal and security purposes to ensure that it is you when you come to visit and that you are legally allowed to store belongings in a unit.

Forms of valid identification would include Passport or Driving License and a proof of residency such as a utility bill or bank statement. If you are setting up a storage unit on behalf of a business, then you will need a signed permission form from the business.


8. Who Can Hire a Storage Unit?

Anyone can hire a storage unit. However, there are a few criteria you will need to meet in order to be successful in hiring it. The minimum age is 18 years old. Any persons under the age of 18 will be unable to hire out their own unit. Alongside this, you will also need to be a legal UK resident.  


9. How Do I Get my Possessions to the Unit?

Getting your possessions to the unit is relatively straightforward and there are a couple of ways that you can do this. You could hire a removal van to transport your possessions, or you could drive them there yourself. Take into account the number of items you have to transport. If you have a lot, then it may benefit you to hire a removal van as this will allow you to get all your belongings in it, rather than you having to take multiple trips in your car.  


10. Is There Anything I Can’t Store?

There a few things that shouldn’t be stored in the unit. These possessions will include items such as food or perishable goods, live plants or animals and legal documents. In particular, anything illegal should not be stored.  


11. Will my Belongings be Safe?

All possessions stored in the unit will be incredibly safe. Units are monitored with 24 hour CCTV cameras. Alongside this, no one other than yourself (and those who you’ve granted access) will be able to access your unit.


12. Who is Self Storage for?

Self-storage is for absolutely anyone who is in need of a larger area to store your belongings. If you are running out of space at home or in the office then indulging in a storage unit is likely to benefit you. Storage in Bedford has secure storage units available to suit your needs. They will keep your possessions safe until you require them.


13. Will I Need my Own Padlock?

Some storage units request that you have your own padlock as they won’t provide them themselves. This will also mean that you can choose the type of padlock you have; whether it be locked with a key or a code. You can choose one that will make you feel more confident in keeping your belongings safe.

Some facilities will offer a padlock with the unit, so it’s beneficial to check with your chosen facility before purchasing a lock.


14. How Long Can I Store my Possessions for?

The duration of time you use a storage unit is up to you. Items can be stored for both short-term and long-term. Commonly, belongings are stored until they’re next needed or until there is space for them at home or the office. The duration of time you can store belongings for is flexible to suit your needs.

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