What is self storage?

Self storage is the term applied to secure storage facilities that offer do-it-yourself storage space for anyone.  In essence it’s your tailored secure space away from your home or business.

Why use self storage?

There are several reasons to use self storage, whether it be for domestic or commercial use self storage facilities offer a flexible solution:

  • If you’re moving to a new house and you need to temporarily store furniture;
  • When you’re renovating your home and need to keep household possessions safe;
  • If you’re relocating interstate or overseas and want to store your valuables during the move;
  • Somewhere to put your belongings while you go off travelling;
  • If you find that your hobby or sports equipment is taking over the house!
  • When you just don’t have enough space at your home anymore.

Many commercial companies use self storage to keep:

  • Archives and files freeing up precious space in the office.
  • Seasonal and excess stock;
  • Trade supplies and equipment;
  • Exhibition and event equipment;
  • Office furniture.

 

How can I find a storage facility near to me?

The easiest way to find a storage facility is to use the Find a Storage Facility locator on our website.  There are currently more than 1500 Self Storage Association of Australasia member facilities to choose from.  This is a quick and easy way to find a trusted and reliable member facility.

How do I know I can trust them?

Self Storage Association of Australasia members belong to an industry body that represents self storage operators and service providers. Members of the Self Storage Association of Australasia utilize operational resources, education and networking offered by the Association.

What if I want to access my stored objects at short notice?

Each self storage facility will have different access hours.  Several our members offer 24/7 access, while others are open business hours.  You will need to confirm the operating hours with your chosen self storage provider.

How long do I have to rent the space for?

Self storage units are most often used to provide medium to long term storage solutions, but some can also be used to store your possessions for less than a week.

How much does it cost?

Costs will vary between self storage companies and locations.  Costs are largely dependent on the size of the storage unit required and the length of time you plan to use the facility.  It is worth contacting a few service providers to find a facility that suits your budget and purpose.

What can I store?

You can store most items however, you will note you are not permitted to store hazardous, dangerous, illegal, stolen, flammable, perishable, environmentally harmful or explosive goods.

Will my possessions be safe?

Self Storage security will vary from business to business.  Some businesses will offer, 24-hour security monitoring, access control, CCTV (including video and audio), individual door alarms and security fencing.  You will need to elect a business that offers the security that suits your needs.

Will my storage space be private?

Yes. Your storage unit is protected by your own padlock and only you retain the keys.

Will I need to insure my items?

Some Self Storage Association of Australasia members offer customer goods insurance, alternatively you can seek to insure your goods with your own insurer. Although insuring your goods is not compulsory you do run the risk of loss if you fail to have adequate insurance protection.

Is self storage only useful for big items?

Self Storage Association of Australasia members have spaces available from the size of a locker typically 1 cubic metre (1m x 1m x 1m) right up to units that will hold the entire contents of the 4-bedroom house and larger. Every self storage facility is different so discuss your requirements with a self storage specialist.