Living in dense cities such as Hong Kong can be challenging when you’re confined to limited public space and personal space. It’d be understandable if most individuals and families end up renting a self-storage unit in order to enjoy more space at home or in the office. By renting a mini storage unit, it can definitely help to provide the extra space to store your seasonal clothing, general items and even business inventories. Here are also 3 reasons why choosing a self-storage unit is a good way to expand your living space.
Long term vs short term storage
Not sure how long you should rent a self-storage? Don’t worry, there are self-storage providers such as Extra Space Asia who provides flexible storage rental duration of minimum 14 days storage to as long as you need. In this case, you’ll have the option to choose your storage duration according to your storage needs. This is also a cost-effective approach as you’ll only be paying for the storage period you require and nothing more.
Here’s how self-storage can help you:
Short-term storage will be useful if you’re undergoing home and business transition period such as a home renovation or in the midst of finding a new location. For business who are also just looking for a temporary storage space to store your festive sale items, it’d also be wise to just rent short-term storage for your business use.
Long-term storage will be a great option for those who are looking for a safe and secure storage space to store their growing business inventory or personal collection for a long period of time. If you’re planning of relocating to another country due to work or personal reasons, renting long-term storage will also be good as self-storage providers such as Extra Space Asia have staff present at the storage reception area during operation hours. This will help to ensure that your stored items are in good hands.
Self-Storage vs warehouse
Both the option of renting a self-storage and warehouse will provide you with that extra space for your personal and business items. However, there are some key differences which you should take note before making a decision.
Firstly, the amount of storage space available for rent. Self-storage units are offered in pre-determined sizes such as Locker or Walk-in storage unit while warehouse storage spaces can be customised based on your needs. If you’re mostly storing big scale machinery items or odd-sized items, the warehouse storage could be more beneficial to you. However, if you’re looking for a storage space to store a fixed quantity of items that require daily access, you might want to consider renting a self-storage unit.
Secondly, rental cost. Most warehouse would require you to sign a yearly contract while a self-storage unit is more flexible in terms of storage duration. By signing a yearly contract for a big space like a warehouse, it might lead to a higher deposit or down-payment compared to renting a self-storage unit. That’s because most of the storage rental cost is calculated based on the amount of space you rent at the point of time. In addition, once you sign a yearly contract for your warehouse storage, it’s best that you use the space for the full year (or longer, depending on your rental period). Otherwise, you’ll risk wasting money when you forfeit the contract. With a self-storage unit rental, you have the flexibility to move out of your unit anytime.
Self-storage tips and recommendations
If you’re a first-time mini storage user, here are some self-storage tips to take note beside the storage rental price. Firstly, you should always choose a self-storage provider that’s credible and here to stay with a proven track record. This way, you’ll have peace of mind when you choose to store your items with them.
Secondly, you should always personally visit the storage facility prior to signing up for a storage unit as this will provide you insights on how safe is the storage facility. During the visit, you should check the security features at the storage facility. Look out 24-hour CCTV surveillance cameras, the presence of the on-ground staffs and whether there’s any PIN code or card access to the storage areas. These security features are important as they will help to ensure that your items are store in a safe and secure storage facility.
Lastly, it’s also important that you check that your self-storage provider complies with the Fire Service Department (FSD) Fire Safety regulations so that your items are stored in a safe location. Click here to find out how you can check if your self-storage is FSD approved.
Choose Extra Space Asia Self-Storage
Founded in 2007, Extra Space Asia has over 50 storage facilities with over 15,000 storage units across Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Korea, Taiwan and Japan. Our industry-leading presence in Asia gives us credibility and allows us to operate self-storage facilities of the highest standards worldwide. We’ve also always strived to build facilities to improve people’s lives and work. This is professionally delivered through our cutting-edge services, uncompromised security and a wide variety of storage unit sizes available 24/7. If you’re looking for storage solutions for personal, family or business use, rest assured that your items are in the safe hands of Extra Space Asia.
Come visit our FSD-approved mini-storage facilities located at Sai Wan and Hung Hom today if you’re looking for a mini-storage space and storage service near your home or office space, or a place to purchase storage boxes! Feel free to call us at 3974 6000 or WhatsApp us any time at 6629 6624 if you prefer to communicate via instant message.