Advantage self storage is sometimes abbreviated as “self-service storage” and is sometimes also called “mini storage”. Self storage is a fast-growing industry. Tenants rent storage units on a monthly basis. A self storage facility could include storage units, containers, outdoor storage, lockers for valuable goods, and rooms. These facilities are very useful to both individuals, as well businesses.

The United States of America is experiencing a rapid increase in self storage facilities. Self storage facilities were first introduced in the USA in 1960. As storage space became more scarce, the self storage industry began to expand in the 1990’s. Every year, self-storage units are being built in new locations.

Self-storage units offer security as they are surrounded by perimeter fencing. Access is controlled via password activated keypads that connect to motorised gates. In addition to the ones mentioned above, alarms and smoke sensors as well as security cameras and intercoms can also be used.

Self storage operators and staff cannot have access to self-storage units rented by tenants. If a lien has been placed for overdue accounts, then they can not take control of any possessions or contents. Self storage operators can sell the contents of self-storage units to the public if they are unable to pay rent. The items are then sold to highest bidders and the funds used by the self storage operator to pay overdue accounts.

If self-storage facilities are rented to an individual, it is likely that the majority of household items will be stored. For businesses, however, stock, furniture, and documents/archives will be stored.

Self storage is different to other storage options because tenants have their own key and lock that they can use to access their stored items at all times.

New belongings can be brought to self-storage units. Previously stored items can be removed. There are some restrictions regarding what can be stored. They may apply to animals, perishable foods, plants, or hazardous materials. Make sure that you have checked the restrictions before you decide on a self-storage unit.