Not everyone has a huge garage area to store stuff they don’t need on a daily basis. Many people need a secure place where they can store their belongings that have no room in their houses or workplace. For this reason, companies have developed a solution to put these things away without really having to throw them away. This unique service is called “self-storage”, whereas a storage container serves as a garage away from home.
Self-storage, also known as “mini storage”, is an industry where individuals are offered spaces that they can rent on a short-term basis. It usually comes with a monthly leasing contract similar to that of renting an apartment unit. Sizes of containers depend on the choice of the renter, and as a general rule: the more space is acquired, the higher the cost of rent is.
A storage container in a self-service storage business can function as a multipurpose facility. Anyone can store almost everything inside these boxes such as: (1) speed boats, (2) cars, (3) unused (but still working) office and home appliances, (4) important documents, (5) household furniture, and (6) other household goods. However, items inside the containers are not covered by the facility’s insurance as agreed upon contract signing between the company and the renter.
Some of the popular features of this service, on the other hand, are: (1) personal locks, (2) automatic entry gates, (3) surveillance cameras, (4) security alarms per unit, (5) monitoring stations based in strategic corners of the facility, (6) keypad-computerized access to safety lockers, and many other complementary services. It is secured from theft as tenants have their own lock and key, and no staff can access their containers.
Aesthetic appearance of the facilities can influence perceptions of tenants on the safety of their belongings. So to attract tenants, many self-storage companies are designing their storage cubicles with attractive architecture and landscaping. Consequently, a better looking storage container creates trust among consumers and businesses.
The mini storage industry started in the 1900, when Martin Bekins decided to start and operate a temporary storage renting business. This first mini storage company, named Bekins Moving & Storage Company, served many families who were relocating at that time. Many people were moving during those years since changes in life such as marriage, divorce, death, and migration keep on taking place. In fact, these life transitions are still realities today so self-storage services remained alive until this very day.
The modern self-storage industry that utilizes the storage container as we know it started during the 1960s. These containers have durable, heavy-duty materials that are conducive for storing all kinds of items. It can withstand any type of weathers and extreme temperature making it a safe storage for almost every item.
Although this industry has remained a low-profile business throughout the years, self-storage areas keep growing in number all over the United States. There are approximately 50,000 self-storage facilities today that offer storage services for many different purposes. Some of these businesses are located in traditional industrial areas and in nearby residential neighborhoods to cater families and individuals.
Nowadays, the storage container has been used for more than just for storing stuff when relocating. Many individuals came up with its other uses such as putting a small boxing gym or a band practice studio inside the storage (although not all self-storage facilities permit that). Many offices also use this service as a temporary storage location for important business papers. This has become a very convenient way for corporate people to organize their documents since some office buildings are just too crowded for additional chaotic stacks of paper. Individuals put everything in self-storage, which is why the self-storage industry is foreseen to remain in operation for years to come.