Are you searching for reliable self-storage facilities? Whether you’re in need of short or long-term storage, it’s important to make sure your valuable belongings are in safe hands. But what is it that makes a good storage company? Read on for our guide on how to choose a storage unit run by a company you can trust. 

Here are some key characteristics to look for in a self-storage facility. 

1. Friendly and helpful staff 

At Bluebox Storage, we pride ourselves on our proactive approach to helping customers. We know that renting storage facilities usually comes with big life changes — from renovations to house moves — and we want to make this transition as smooth as possible for you. From your first enquiry to the moment you give your keys and padlock back at the end of your rental term, we’re on hand to help you with anything you may need. 

Not sure where to start or which unit you’d benefit from? Give us a call or an email and we’ll be more than happy to guide you in the right direction. If you’re coming to us with heavy or awkward items, we’ll always do our best to assist you in getting all your belongings to where they need to be.

2. A choice of storage unit sizes

From sofas and large garden tools to documents and kids’ toys, we offer a safe place for everything — no matter how big or small. But what size storage unit do you need? Your chosen storage facility must have a variety of storage unit sizes for you to pick from. 

We have 10ft storage containers, 20ft storage containers, and 40ft storage containers at all of our facilities. Wondering what you can store in a storage unit? Here’s a quick insight:

  • 10ft storage containers: Big enough for refrigerators, washing machines, seasonal decorations, and office supplies. It’s about the size of a small garage or shed — great if you need a bit of extra space.
  • 20ft storage containers: These units are ideal for large furniture items, household appliances, office equipment and furniture. Our 20ft storage containers can even fit a standard car or the contents of the average two to three-bed home.
  • 40ft storage container: Our larger units are perfect for bulky furniture, sports equipment, tools and kitchen appliances. This space can easily fit the contents of a large five-bed house with extra space for garden equipment.

3. Reasonable prices 

Space is such an important part of our lives, so it doesn’t make any sense to us to charge extortionate prices. We know that budget is the first thing on everyone’s mind when picking a storage facility, so we like to be upfront and transparent with our storage fees to make your selection as easy as possible. 

Our 10ft containers start at just £90 per month. Meanwhile, our 20ft containers start at £120 per month, and you can expect to pay from £200 per month for a 40ft storage container. 

4. Storage for different needs

Different storage companies in the UK offer various types of storage facilities, including personal, business, and student storage, all of which are offered by Bluebox Storage at our locations across the North East

We know that storage isn’t a one-size-fits-all, so we have specialised solutions to suit you. Whether you need personal storage for household items that are getting in the way, business storage for inventory overflow, or student storage during term breaks, we have you covered.

5. Trustworthy security

When storing your possessions, it’s natural for security to be one of your main priorities. We always recommend going for a storage facility with robust security measures such as CCTV surveillance, 24/7 monitoring, and a well-lit environment. 

At Bluebox Storage, we provide all of these measures and assure the safety of your belongings with our state-of-the-art security features. Our shipping containers are designed to be secure and theft-resistant with strong locking mechanisms. We’ll even give you a complimentary padlock to secure your chosen storage unit.

6. An accessible location

If you’re storing your belongings, it makes sense to choose a facility that’s near you for accessibility and peace of mind. We have conveniently located storage facilities across the North East, from Middlesbrough and Darlington, to Stockton and South Shields, so it’s easy for you to access your unit when you need it most. 

7. Flexible rental and storage terms

If you’re in the process of moving or going through big life changes, rental flexibility is another important aspect to consider. Whether you need short-term or long-term storage, we offer flexible rental agreements to suit your needs — starting with a minimum rental term of one-month.

For more information on our policies, don’t forget to take a look at our Terms & Conditions.

8. Permitted items

Every storage facility has a list of permitted items for customers to adhere to, so you must choose a facility that will store your items. 

To ensure the best experience possible, we kindly ask that you do not store any of the following items in our containers:

  • Non-road legal bikes or quad bikes
  • Chemicals, explosives, or highly flammable goods
  • Unlicensed or hazardous goods
  • Illegal items such as weapons, drugs, firearms, etc.
  • Perishable food items

Choose a reliable storage facility in Bluebox Storage

We know that choosing and searching for the best storage containers often coincides with the most stressful points in life — but we’re here to make it as simple as possible. At Bluebox Storage, we’re proud to offer our customers a range of secure self-storage services, competitive pricing, secure storage facilities, and excellent customer support. 

If you’re in the North East and need reliable storage solutions, get in touch with our friendly team.