So, you need storage, but what type of storage is better for you? Self-storage or Containerised Storage?

/So, you need storage, but what type of storage is better for you? Self-storage or Containerised Storage?

In the World of Storage all is not as simple as it seems!

When we receive calls from our customers asking about storage, at first it seems like this should be the simplest conversation they could ever have. Then after some conversation the customer realises that there is actually a lot more to getting the right type of storage than meets the eye! In terms of storage, there is two main types of storage readily available to us, namely Self Storage and Containerised storage. Now that we have set out the two-main type of storage, let us take a closer look at the pros and cons of each of these types of storage and then hopefully you can decide which type of storage is right for you.

Self Storage?

What is Self-Storage? This is a type of storage, whereby usually the removal customer themselves places their furniture and possessions inside a metal lock up. The customer then places a padlock on the lock up and returns at a later date to remove their furniture and possessions. So, what are the good and bad points of this type of storage?


  1. Usually Self-Storage facilities are of very high quality, they are dry, temperature controlled facilities, so there is no issues with damp or condensation resulting in no damage to your possessions.
  2. Self-Storage facilities usually have CCTV security systems operation 24-7, so that your possessions are in really save hands.
  3. Once you have placed your goods in the lock up, they do not have to move. Sometimes with containerised storage they have to be moved using a fork lift truck, potentially causing your possessions to move round inside, resulting in damage.
  4. A lot of these facilities offer 24-7 access to the customer, by way of using their own key fob. In the modern world, not everyone works nine till five.


  1. Depending on the location of the self-storage room within the storage facility it often be a long walk with all of the furniture and possessions to the room.
  2. In this type of storage, there tends to be no blankets to use to protect your furniture and possessions whilst in storage. During a removal the use of blankets is essential to the protection and safety of your possessions. Why is it any different whilst in storage?
  3. Usually, this type of storage is more costly than containerised storage. If you are looking to use storage for long periods of time, the bill can be a lot more than containerised storage.

Containerised Storage?

What is containerised storage? This is a type of storage, whereby the customers possessions are placed into wooden storage crates usually of fixed 250 cubic feet. Once the containers are filled, they are then warehoused away by the removal company and then removed when the customer requires delivery.


  1. With this type of storage there is little travelling with each item of your possessions. The containers are placed by fork lift near to the back of the removal van and the goods are loaded into them. In some instances, the containers can be brought to the customers house in a removal truck and then simply filled outside the customers home and then fork lifted off again at the warehouse. In short, containerised storage is less labour intensive for the user.
  2. Usually, this type of storage tends to carry a smaller weekly or monthly charge than self-storage.
  3. With this type of storage, the removal company will protect your possessions with plastic covers or padded covers, removal blankets etc. This stops your furniture getting scratched and damaged, something you tend not to get from self-storage.


  1. One of the major downfalls of containerised storage is that once your goods have been put into them and warehoused away, you will not readily have access to your possessions. Your containers will often be in a warehouse along with hundreds of other containers and it is not a simple task for the removal company to bring your containers out of storage, so you can gain access to your microwave that you didn’t mean to send into storage! It is also important that to remember that most removal companies will charge you a handling fee for you to access your containers.
  2. Depending on the quality standards of your removal company, sometimes the containers in use can be of poor quality. This can sometimes result in your goods being damaged as they aren’t not getting the right protection. It can also be the result of damage from poor conditions such as damp warehouses which are not dry and have poor ventilation.

Want to know more about storage?

If you are simply looking for advice or are actively looking to arrange storage, contact InstaMove Removals & Storage on 01704 33 20 82 or visit our website We also offer a range of services from Full House Moves to Man & Van service.

2018-04-10T13:12:13+00:00October 11th, 2017|0 Comments

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Hi I`am Alan we set up InstaMove Removals & Storage to provide a premium quality removal service to our customers at affordable prices...