The Benefits of Outdoor Self Storage

Whether you’re in the middle of a house move or need somewhere to keep tools and equipment, there are many reasons why you might need to find self-storage in Ipswich. Whether you need indoor or outdoor storage, depends on what you intend to store, however outdoor storage can offer a more cost-effective, convenient option. Here are the main benefits of choosing outdoor storage over indoor storage.

Outdoor self storage is budget-friendly

Often, indoor storage sites charge access fees which can make storing your items more expensive. Easy Store offers self storage in Ipswich for a set weekly cost, so whatever you have to store, you can easily stick to a monthly budget.

Our 40ft storage units are £35 per week (excluding VAT). Meanwhile our smaller 20ft units are £25 per week (excluding VAT). Be realistic about the amount you have to store. Hiring a larger unit which you won’t fill will cost you more, so make sure you are only paying for the storage you need.

You’d be surprised how much you can fit into one of our units. If you can’t decide which one works for you, make an inventory of the items you need to store. From this, we will be able to recommend the best option based on how much you have.

Our self storage in Ipswich is easy to access

Typically you can only access an indoor storage unit during set opening hours. This can be inconvenient if you need more flexibility. For example, if you’re storing work equipment or tools, you may want access to your kit outside normal business hours.

You can access our self storage facility in Ipswich 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Round-the-clock access can be handy if you’re moving home too. You can drop off boxes or furniture whenever is convenient, and move your belongings into your new property at a time that suits you.

Outdoor self-storage is secure

Alternative outdoor storage facilities such as a garage or garden shed, can leave your items vulnerable to theft or damage. At Easy Store, our steel units are secure and safe, and will protect your belongings from both unwanted visitors and the elements.

Our Ipswich units are located within a gated compound, and access is via an electronic gate operated by a swipe key. Each unit is individually locked, and floodlights ensure you can safely visit your unit after dark. For added peace of mind, 24 hour CCTV surveillance is in place, so you know your possessions are in safe hands with Easy Store.

Outdoor self storage is versatile

With corridors and stairs to contend with, indoor storage sites can be tricky to access with bulky or awkward items. You can drive right up to our outdoor storage units, and the double doors open wide to make it easier to fill or empty your unit. Outdoor storage is also suitable for vehicles, so if you have a classic car or motorcycle and need a secure home for your pride and joy, we can help.

Whatever you need to keep safe, get in touch with our team today to find out more about our storage options or to book secure self storage in Ipswich.

Top 5 Things to Consider When Choosing Self Storage

Don’t be daunted when choosing self storage in Colchester. Here are five tips to help you.

Indoor or Outdoor Storage

It’s important to choose the right storage for your valuables so that they don’t deteriorate. There are two different types of storage: indoor and outdoor. A good rule of thumb is if you wouldn’t store the things in your garage at home you probably need to look for an indoor facility. This is particularly the case with documents or books. If you are storing large items, perhaps a classic car or motorcycle or maybe tools and equipment you use for work, an outdoor unit is probably the best option.

Outdoor units are usually much cheaper to rent per sq ft than indoor units and there is unlikely to be an access charge like there sometimes is with indoor storage. Whether you opt for indoor or outdoor self storage in Colchester, Easy Store can meet your requirements.

Capacity

Capacity is the main factor people think about when selecting storage. You want your stored items to fit comfortably into the storage unit you hire, but, as you pay for your storage in square meters, you don’t want to be paying for space you aren’t using. The best approach is to make an inventory of what you want to store and then share that with the team at Easy Store. We will assess your item list and tell you how much and what type of storage space you need.

Budget

Considering your budget is a crucial step in renting storage space. A good tip is to agree to a contract with a fixed monthly payment. It’s important to consider not just the initial outlay but the ongoing cost of storage and whether there are any additional charges. You need to be certain that you will have the funds to cover the costs for as long as you need the storage. If you are looking for self storage in Colchester that matches your budget, we can help; we have lots of experience providing storage for customers at a price they can afford.

Security

The better the security at the facility you choose for self storage, the surer you will be that your goods are safe. Knowing your belongings are secure will bring you peace of mind. Having that assurance is important, so always visit the self storage facility before you book a secure unit in Colchester. You should look for surveillance cameras that operate 24/7; lockable access; door entry codes; fire protection and adequate insurance cover. These are all key factors when choosing self storage.

Location

Location is important because you don’t want to spend time and money travelling to the storage facility. If you are looking for self storage in Colchester, you will want a site that is both easy to get to and allows access around the clock. We are conveniently located in the town centre, and you can access your stored items 24/7.

We provide internal storage for documents and other sensitive materials besides having outside storage for larger items such as furniture or motorcycles. To find out more about your options for Self Storage Colchester, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Brexit and Self Storage: How Your Business Can Prepare

With the UK having finally gone through with leaving the EU at the end of January, there’s still a very large amount of uncertainty surrounding it. Media attention on the subject has certainly diminished, however problems surrounding Brexit are only likely to compound in the months to come.

While the deadline for leaving was set for January 31st, the actual negotiations, trade deals and everything else surrounding this are still taking place, and expected to go on for the next year. The UK will be heading into uncharted economic territory, with massive potential effect on many businesses. For those reliant on product stock from the EU, the current result is a nightmare of frantic buying and a sudden burst of international commerce to ensure that they can hold on for as long as possible, weathering out the economic storm until things settle down, new suppliers have been contacted, and so forth.

This presents a problem of its own – Storing it all.

According to the UK Warehousing Association, in a statement released in July 2019 amidst the early panic of leaving the EU, UK warehouses are running at very close to full capacity, with little prospect of more space becoming available in the short term. This is still the case, with the longer, more drawn-out trade process still on-going.

Even for businesses with their own dedicated storage and space, the strain is a problem, and the need for a more reliable and flexible solution persists.

Which business are most likely to be affected?

Ultimately, any businesses from SMEs to larger enterprise businesses that rely on any stock not just coming from Europe, but also being routed through Europe for shipment. Even if your stock comes from further out, the likelihood of shipment and delivery being held up throughout Europe and entering the UK is dramatically higher.

This is made worse, again, by the uncertainty of the next few months. While we’ve already left the EU on paper, the real negotiations and long term effects are still to be decided, and are still as in-the-air as before the leave deadline was passed.

With all of this in mind, larger enterprise businesses are more likely to have their own storage solutions and warehouse capabilities, with smaller, more local businesses won’t have the liberty of owning.

For businesses in East Anglia that fit this criteria, of reliability of goods throughout Europe or with supply chains running through Europe from further afield, Easy Store 24/7 are perfectly positioned to assist you. With easy access locations in Colchester, Norwich, and Ipswich, we operate perfectly for your all-access requirements. Contact us on 0800 4370811 and discuss your situation with us, and we’ll happily arrange a solution for you and assist your business however possible.

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