When searching for a place to keep your belongings, whether in the short or long term, you have to consider the cost of self-storage. While security and convenience of access are also important features, the truth is that people tend to look at cost first, so you will want to get the right self-storage prices for you.

The cheapest facilities may not be the best, but you also don’t want to be paying too much for your unit. Finding that balance and getting a fair deal is not as difficult as you may believe; at Smart Storage, we’ve been meeting our customers’ storage needs for many years while offering competitive prices.

The cost of self-storage will vary, depending on a multitude of factors, which we are taking a look at in this article.

Size of the Unit

One of the factors that affects the cost of your unit is size. We offer several different sized units at Smart Storage, from student lockers to 200sqft spaces – and everything else in-between.

Make sure you’re renting the right size unit for your needs; otherwise you’re paying more than you should to store your items as you’re wasting space. If you only have the equivalent to the contents of a double wardrobe to store, for example, you don’t need anything bigger than a 16sqft unit.

You also don’t want to pay for a unit that is too small to hold your belongings; what’s the point of getting a unit if you can’t fit your items inside?

Storage Period

The duration of your stay is another factor to consider. It’s good to have an idea of how long you want to rent your unit for, as you can get discounts depending on how long you rent.

For example, when you choose Smart Storage, you get an introductory offer of 50% off the first 8 weeks; and, at the moment, in our Preston, Widnes and Wirral stores, we’re even offering 50% off the 12 weeks! We also offer a flat-rate pricing scheme, which means you always know how much you pay with us.

A longer stay can be more cost-effective in the long run as well, as we provide an affordable long-term pricing structure with loyalty rates for longer stays.

So, the longer you rent, the less you pay!

Location

It doesn’t come as a surprise that storage prices vary according to location. A self-storage unit in London will be a lot more expensive than any of Smart Storage’s units across the North West; think of it as units being like real estate for your belongings! Our stores are located near you and prices are cost-effective, so you’re getting the best of both worlds. We currently offer self storage in Liverpool, Preston, Widnes, Wirral, Warrington and Altrincham.

Packing Materials

Another thing that may impact the cost of your storage unit is the price of packing materials. It’s unlikely you’ll have them lying around the house or place of business, so you’ll have to purchase everything ahead of storing your items.

Whether you’re going to move house or you want to keep stock, we can help you by keeping prices low at all times with our boxes and packaging.

From packing boxes, tape and bubble wrap to furniture covers, padlocks and specialist boxes, we have everything you could possibly need to safely store your belongings. What’s more, we’re also moving towards a more sustainable packaging with our eco-friendly bubble wrap. This biodegradable wrap offers the same protective qualities.

Buying your packing materials from our Box Shop will be convenient as well, since you’ll find everything in one place!

Type of Service and Unit

The type of self-storage you require will also affect the final price, and so will the exact services you need from Smart Storage.

For example, our indoor units are one price and our outdoor drive-up units are another, and our student storage will also have a different cost. This is perfect for a variety of clients, including charities, which use Smart Storage to keep stock.

Businesses can make use of professional spaces and services like secure document shredding as well. We aim to make your life as convenient as possible, so you will be able to find a variety of services in the same place.

Enquire today if you wish to know more about the many different services we provide at our stores.

What’s Included in the Price?

At Smart Storage, you don’t have to wonder about extra fees. Our prices are upfront, and there are no hidden charges or unpleasant surprises waiting for you.

When you choose us, you can be confident that your quote will include insurance, VAT, Insurance Premium Tax and a padlock if you need it. This means we won’t charge you outside of this, so feel free to get a quote today.

We also provide flexible terms from two weeks and for as long as you require – we will never force you into long-term commitments, as we understand that our customers benefit from complete flexibility.

We also provide state-of-the-art security to keep your belongings safe, no matter whether you’re a domestic storage client or someone looking for business storage. All of our units are individually alarmed, we have a 24-hour security system in place, our facilities have superb fire precautions and safety, and you will have exclusive access to your unit, as you will have your own lock and unique access code.

Included in the price are also pallet trucks, trolleys and forklift trucks, which you can make use of whenever you require. Smart Storage will collect deliveries on your behalf if needed as well.

So, How Much Does Self-Storage Cost?

It will depend on what you need, of course, but you can relax knowing that what you see is what you get. Not only are our costs low and we offer a price match guarantee, but we also provide a wide range of unit sizes, from 10sqft to 10,000sqft.

Our rates are from £5 a week according to the amount of space you need, and we offer pre-pay and discount schemes as well.

We provide all of our clients with the best possible price and will never spring a host of extra costs on you.

Whether you’re looking for self-storage in Liverpool, self-storage in Preston, self-storage in the Wirral, self-storage in Warrington, self-storage in Widnes and self-storage in Altrincham, you know you’re getting the best prices with Smart Storage. Don’t hesitate to contact us at any time to learn more about our services and how we can help you.