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Things to consider with long term self storage

April 26, 2017     Moving house News Self Storage

It’s almost May, and many of us are feeling the ‘spring cleaning’ vibes! It’s time to have a proper clear-out and consider moving those unused items into long term self storage.

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You may be thinking about chucking out the clutter, or maybe you need to make some space for other items. Perhaps you are downsizing your property, going on a long trip or heading to university – whatever the reason, long term self storage may be the answer to your storage needs.

Long term self storage is a wonderful way of keeping your possessions safe and secure, and clean and dry – but you will need to consider a few things about long term self storage prior to booking the facilities.

Some things to think about with long term self storage

Size / price

Think about the size self storage unit you will require, versus your allocated budget. At Your Store Exeter, we have written a guide to the different size storage units, which you can read here. Please also note that some storage companies may raise their prices over time, and if you have a long term self storage contract, you may be susceptible to these increases.

Your Store Exeter will contact you should this ever occur, and we are available to discuss any changes to your monthly or weekly rental fees anytime.


If your goods are going to be stored over a long period of time, it’s important to speak to your self storage company about whether or not insurance is included. Review your possessions and decide whether any items will require sufficient cover should the worse happen. Items in self storage are not always covered by your home insurance – so be sure to check this.

Legal issues

There are certain items that you are not allowed to put into long term self storage by law. These include gas canisters, flammable liquids, etc – items which are likely to cause a hazard if left unattended for long periods of time. In addition, your self storage company may have its own legal restrictions – double check these before putting your belongings into storage.


It is important to ensure that effective two-way communication remains between you and your self-storage company. For example, if you go on a long trip, you may not consider that there are price changes have been incurred while you are away. If the company is unable to get in touch, you could be in for an expensive surprise.

Additionally, if there is an emergency or an issue with your long term self storage it is imperative that your company can contact you to inform you of any problems. If you are going to be travelling for a long period of time, you may want to consider asking someone to be your emergency contact while you are away.


You will be provided with a set of keys when you rent a long term self storage unit. Typically, you will be the only person with a key to that unit. If you intend on travelling for a long time, you may, again, want to consider leaving your key with someone while you are away – there is a greater risk of the losing the key if you are on the move often.

Contact Your Store Exeter

At Your Store Exeter, we provide secure self storage units for a range of business and personal needs. If you would like to talk to us about your long term self storage requirements, please drop us a line at info@yourstoreexeter.co.uk or phone us on 01392 253119.

Alternatively, visit our website and fill out an enquiry form.

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