Self-storage units come in different forms including individual units, shipping containers, lock-ups, garages, wooden crates, and box storage.
Individual storage units are the most common form of self-storage and are located in purpose-built or converted facilities. They range in size from small lockers to larger units that can hold the contents of a house. They offer security features like gated access, climate control, 24-hour access, and CCTV. As the customer, you have exclusive access to their unit with a lock and key. Rentals are flexible, and the size and length can be chosen based on your requirements.
Shipping containers have become popular due to their versatility and durability. They are weather-resistant and designed to withstand harsh conditions. They offer high security and can be fitted with extras like shelving, lighting, and climate control. However, for insurance coverage, the location must be a purpose-built storage facility with CCTV, fire alarms, and secure access.
Our policies cover both individual storage units and container storage as long as the facility itself meets our requirements. The location must be a purpose-built storage facility with CCTV, fire alarms, and access to the facility is either given by staff present at the premises or by a secure key code provided to paying customers.
Lock-ups and garages may seem like an affordable option, but they lack proper security, climate control, and protection from the elements. They are often vulnerable to break-ins and theft, and the temperature, moisture, and humidity can cause damage over time. They also lack fire protection systems and insurance coverage. It’s best to choose a purpose-built storage facility for adequate security, climate control, and insurance coverage. Both are excluded from our storage insurance policies.
Wooden crates are used for personal and commercial storage, particularly for fragile or valuable items. They offer good protection during transit and are often used for short-term storage. Because they can have both environmental and pest problems, they are not recommended for long-term storage and are excluded from our insurance policies.