Indoor vs. Outdoor Self-Storage

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Choosing the right self-storage unit is necessary to ensuring the security of your possessions and gaining the comfort of knowing your things are stored safely. Find out the difference between indoor and outdoor self-storage units in order to make the decision that is best suited for your needs and desires. However, before you choose between indoor and outdoor storage units, you need to figure out what you'll be storing. Here is a general rule to follow when making your storage unit choice:

  • Household possessions and boxes should be stored in an indoor unit.
  • Vehicles, heavy equipment, recreational vehicles, or boats should be stored in an outdoor unit.

After you've figured out whether you need indoor or outdoor storage units, find out the storage unit size you'll be needing. For example, if you're planning to be in and out of the storage unit every week, make sure you reserve a spacious storage unit that allows you to move around freely. Same thing with vehicles. You want to have enough room to store equipment around your vehicle and have enough space to access your vehicle, whether it be to service it or open the doors. If not, make sure you get a smaller storage unit in order to tightly pack and store your things.

Indoor Storage Units

Indoor storage units, which are self-enclosed rooms, provide the ideal conditions for the storage of furniture, household appliances, moving boxes, home goods, papers and documents, clothing, toys, art, and antiques. Climate-controlled indoor storage units provide a high level of protection against water, dust, and light damage due to the ability to control the temperature and humidity. Nevertheless, you should still make sure that your possessions are wrapped in heavy plastic and stored on pallets or shelves in order to ensure that your items do not receive any damage.

Outdoor Storage Units

Outdoor storage units are usually comprised of a gravel, cement, or asphalt pad covered by a roof and surrounded by cinderblock or basic, open walls. These type of storage units provide the ideal conditions for the storage of vehicles, recreational vehicles, boats, yard equipment, trailers, construction equipment, and industrial machinery. If you're storing a vehicle, make sure to protect it with a cover. Covers will protect your vehicle from sunlight and debris damage. In addition, make sure to remove all food from your stored items as outdoor storage units lack protection against rodent and insect infestation.

When choosing a self-storage facility for you, use online tools to help you make the best decision. Choose the correct self-storage type, size, and security. Don't just focus on one thing; keep in mind all the traits when choosing a self-storage unit. Don't forget about insurance either. Make sure your chosen self-storage facility provides the insurance that covers all the items you have stored. Lastly, consider the surrounding climate of the storage facility. If it's a humid area, you might want to store your vehicles in an indoor storage rather than an outdoor storage. Each factor plays into your overall decision of choosing the right self-storage facility for you.