If you have an attic at home, chances are that you use it to store items that you don’t often use. But is it the best option? While your attic may be convenient, it is not necessarily the best option. After all, you want your belongings to be safe whilst in storage. Not only protected from theft but also from damage.
When choosing between a self storage unit or attic storage for storing your belongings you need to take certain factors into account. These include the amount of space you require for your goods, the type of items you need to store, how long you need to store them, and the reasons for needing to store your belongings in the first place.
How much space do you require?
A self storage facility such as Stop & Store Lowestoft offers a range of unit sizes for their customers. This may be more space than is offered by a typical attic. If you have a large number of items or larger items such as bulky furniture and appliances, you may have difficulty even lifting them up into your attic. In this case, a self storage unit might be more suitable. You can select a unit that is the right size for all of your stuff to fit in comfortably.
Think about how you intend to keep your belongings neatly packed up and easily accessible while they are in storage. You can use items such as plastic bins and temporary shelving in a storage unit, as well as pack your boxes in such a way that you will be able to find what you need easily. It is very difficult to keep an attic tidy and uncluttered unless it is a large space where you can move about freely and easily and find what you need without having to search through stacks of items.
When packing up your goods at home to take to your storage unit, take the time to declutter. You know the capacity of your storage unit, and there is no point in paying to store those unnecessary items that are no longer in use. Unfortunately, if you are placing your stuff in the attic it is too easy to pack up those things that you may no longer need just to get the job done quickly.
What level of security do you need?
Self storage facilities offer a high level of security, including surveillance cameras, gated access, and well-secured units for your belongings. On the other hand, your home may not have these security measures. So depending on what you are storing you may need this extra security.
It is not only burglars that your goods need protection against. Vermin such as rodents and insects can cause extensive damage to any stored items. There is little chance of these pests finding their way into your unit if you choose a reputable storage facility. Unfortunately, these pests thrive in a dark environment such as an attic where they could remain undetected for months and they can wreak havoc with your stored documents, furnishings, or clothing.
The presence of moisture causes mould and mildew to form on all your stored items causing great damage. If there are any leaks in the roof of your home your attic in particular will be very susceptible to water damage, and anything stored in it could be ruined.
Choose a storage facility with safeguards in place such as sealed storage units which will ensure that your goods are safe from this kind of damage.
Struggling up a ladder with boxes is not for the faint-hearted. A self storage unit can be chosen for its accessibility, i.e. drive-up access for easy loading and off-loading. It also means that you can move your belongings in and out of the unit as needed.
While using the attic may seem like a free option, it may not be as cost-effective as it seems. There may be hidden costs where your belongings suffer damage from the extreme temperatures and humidity that they would be subjected to if there is no insulation. However, if you only need storage for a few weeks then storing your goods in the attic may work better for you.
Other opportunities for your attic
Instead of using your attic to cram your belongings into, what about considering other opportunities for the space, such as converting it into another bedroom or even a home office? Placing these possessions in storage will allow you to explore these possibilities.
In conclusion, renting a self storage unit provides many benefits for the homeowner and this is why it is often preferred over attic storage. The superior security features are a big plus as you can be sure your belongings are safe. Depending on the size of the self storage unit, you will be able to stack your boxes and other items in an orderly fashion. This is impossible to achieve in a cramped dark attic.
Stop & Store Lowestoft Self Storage
When you have decided that the extra storage space you need for your belongings is a self storage unit rather than your attic, Stop & Store Lowestoft is a storage facility to bear in mind.
- Our facility offers state-of-the-art security systems such as CCTV that are monitored 24/7, as well as intruder alarms so that you can be sure your goods are safe. Access to our facility is strictly controlled.
- Once you have booked and paid for your unit, you will receive your PIN and you can access your unit immediately.
- We have a wide range of sizes so you will find the perfect size to keep your stuff safely for as long as you need.
- Please ask our friendly staff to help you choose the right sized unit if you are unsure.
- Please check what our customers have to say about us in their reviews on our website.
- Our access hours are Monday to Sunday 8.00 am to 6.00 pm
Please contact us on:
Tel: 01502 580005. We are here to discuss your storage requirements.
Our location is 92 Denmark Road, Lowestoft, NR32 2EH