What are the advantages and disadvantages of using self-storage?

Self-storage units are a popular way for people to gain extra space when they are dealing with a life transition or they simply just have too much stuff! But is using self-storage really all that advantageous? 

In this article, we look at some of the key pros and cons of using self-storage units so you can decide as to whether or not it is something you’d wish to consider for yourself. 

Additionally, we’ll touch on how much self-storage costs on average to give you a rough idea of what you’ll be likely to spend. 

If your home has been getting a little cluttered but you aren’t ready to say goodbye to your cherished belongings, this is the article for you. 

What are the advantages of using self-storage?

So, what are some of the key advantages of using self-storage? Does it live up to all the hype? 

  • Flexibility and control – You can choose the size of unit you need and adjust up and down in square footage as required. The best part? You can access your belongings whenever you want – day or night, rain or shine. 
  • Security – Units are secured with your own lock and key. Many facilities (like ours) also have security cameras, gated access, and security staff onsite, for your safety and convenience. 
  • Convenience – Units are close to residential areas so you can access your things easily without having to trek to the other side of the city. On-site staff are also available to assist if you need help depositing or withdrawing items.
  • Affordability – Storage is cheaper than renting a larger home or commercial space for the extra room. Pay only for the space you use.
  • Protection – Belongings are safe from weather damage, pests, mould etc. Climate-controlled units are available on request for specialist storage requirements. 
  • Organisation – Pack items neatly into a storage unit to declutter your living space. It is also easier to find things if you stay organised.
  • Transition aid – Useful when staging a home sale, renovating, downsizing, or during a move. Self-storage doesn’t have to be forever! 

All in all, the benefits of using self-storage space are quite evident. If you find yourself with a lot of stuff and not enough room to keep it, or indeed you are in the middle of moving house / renovating; having the extra self-storage space can be incredibly helpful. 

What are the disadvantages of using self-storage?

Now onto the important part: what are the noticeable disadvantages of using self-storage? 

  • Temporary solution – Storage units just store items; they don’t solve the underlying need for more space in your home or business. 
  • Accessibility – While you can access your belongings, it’s not as easy as having them in your home or place of work.
  • Risk of damage – Improper storage, pests, mould etc. can potentially damage belongings over time. This is why it is important to find the best Self-Storage facility to accommodate your needs. 
  • Cost – Monthly rental fees add up over time. There may also be extra fees for late payment or (in some cases but not ours) accessing the unit.
  • Easy to forget – “Out of sight, out of mind,” as the saying goes. Items in storage can be easily forgotten about. Our advice is to keep stock of what goes in and comes out of your self-storage so you don’t forget about those important belongings you like keeping handy. 
  • Clutter risk – Storage units make it easy to accumulate more possessions and clutter over time. It may be worth asking yourself which items are essential and which can be sold or donated to charity. 
  • The hassle of moving – Eventually, you’ll need to sort through the unit, toss unneeded items, and move the rest. 

As you can see, most of the ‘disadvantages’ on this list aren’t massive problems. You simply need to make sure you follow the rules when it comes to proper storage of items that are especially delicate or valuable, keep track of what goes in and comes out, and be ruthless when it comes to the accumulation of clutter. 

Is self-storage expensive? Is the fee to rent storage space worth it?

Self-storage costs can vary widely depending on the facility, however, self-storage is generally affordable compared to other space solutions. Specialist, climate-controlled spaces are more expensive. Overall, pricing depends on factors like:

  • Location – Units in high-demand urban areas cost more.
  • Size – Larger units come with higher monthly fees.
  • Features – Climate control, 24-hour access, and extra security add expense.
  • Duration – In some cases, long-term rentals can negotiate lower monthly rates.

If you actually use the space to de-clutter and organise your life, the expense is definitely worth it. Again, just be sure you’re strategic about the items you store and indeed for how long – old boxes filled with clothes you’ll never wear again are much better off going to a good home. 

Conclusion

It is clear that the advantages of using a self-storage unit far outweigh the disadvantages. So long as you store your items correctly and keep stock of the items being stored, you shouldn’t have too many difficulties as they are a cost-effective space solution. We hope you’ve found this article useful. If you are in Bangkok around the Watthana and Ekkamai Road area and are interested in exploring your self-storage options further, please do not hesitate to contact us today. We’re always happy to help!