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Storages are a huge business in this country. And that makes a lot of sense. We love things and we love to move. Funnily enough, those two do not go together all that well. Presume, for a second, that you are going on a spring break to Europe. What happens to your student apartment? Or what to do with home-business that has outgrown its nest. Or maybe you are downsizing and need somewhere to store furniture. You could also be a winter games enthusiast that needs somewhere to store skis when there is no snow possible under the scorching sun…. all of those needs are covered by different types of storage units available to you.

But which one to choose? What is the perfect type of storage unit for your needs? And, after all, what are the differences? One would presume that there could not be many differences between storage spaces expect in size and quality of the walls – but that would be a mistake!

What does good storage look like
Indoor is good for archives as well, as they need to be kept in pristine shape.

What’s the benefit of storage

Before moving to the different classes of storage, let’s focus on what are the benefits of using your packing services NYC of choice and moving your valuable possessions to storage. Why would you do this? Well, there are benefits.

Accordingly, these benefits of storage units can be best summed up as:

  • Less risk – whatever different types of storage units are discussed, they are all really more safe than the alternative. They drastically decrease the risk of possesions be damaged, or even worse, stolen. In some cases, they even boast insurance.
  • Cost-effective –  most storages are not that expensive and are worth the benefit you are getting.
  • Widely available – You can find storage facilities of your preferred type pretty much anywhere. They are quite present throughout the country.

Therefore, using storage facilities is obviously a good choice for when you have more possession in your hands than you can or want to handle. It is a good option for being a temporary solution during a move. With that in mind, however, it is good as a long term solution as well. Even business offices can sometimes be found within spaces of storage units, and successful businesses can rise up from there. Knowing what different types of storage units there are and which type in particular suits your needs is what you need to get the best possible result from your storage facility. So, how to get your money’s worth. What are the options?

Outdoor storage

First and foremost we have the basic difference. Two big categories of storage facilities: Outdoor and Indoor storage. Right away, the difference is clear, though the actual impact is not. After all, both storages can be used, for example, as inventory storage or a business archive. So what’s with the differentiation? Or, better said, what does this particular difference mean in practice.

Well, first and foremost, let us say that, while this is obvious to most of you, outdoor storage is not open-air storage. Storage units are still completely sealed an secure. It is access to those particular storage compartments that are outdoor. You can literary drive your car right to the doors of your unit. This has some rather obvious advantages. If you need storage which you will attend to often, and with heavy objects in it, outdoor storage is your best bet. It will save you a lot of trouble, especially in short term storage.

Indoor storage

However, having storage units in one building, with access to actual units inside long hallways and corridors on multiple floors, also known as indoor storage, has its advantages. For example, you are free from the torment of bad weather. As those living in the north of the country, where the air blows cold with under the reign of fall and winter,  can testify to, moving anything or doing any actual hard labor in cold is torment. Inside, you will be protected from the climate. And not only you, your stuff as well.

Climate controlled
If you have anything sensitive to temperature, like wine, for example, consider climate-controlled

A big part of, for example, furniture storage, is to make sure that the air is not to damp. Moisture is, together with rodents and mold, among the worst enemies of wooden and other valuable possessions. And while all (decent) storage units will have some form of climate control, indoor storages are often much better equipped in this regard.

Climate controlled

To have climate-controlled storage is to have storage that can house the most delicate of possessions. Food and drinks, or wine even.

Other things that are weak on moisture. Rustable items and vintage furniture. Having climate-controlled storage means that your fight will against mold be much more efficient and devastating upon your lucky foe.

So many different types of storage units, which one do you need?

Now that you know what you are lucking for, and hopefully already know how to pack for a long term vs short term storage, you should decide on what exactly do you need. If you are in need of short term storage, for big, heavy items, that are robust and will not break or rot easily – outdoor storage is for you. It is also a more affordable option.  

Which one do you need?
Storage comes in all shapes and sizes – what do you need?

For more delicate stuff, and those needed at odd times – indoor it is. Just be sure to consider all the different types of storage units that you have seen here. 

At the end of the day

Now that you are informed about what different types of storage units there are, you will have all the tools you need to make an informed decision. We would just remind you that a lot of storage benefits are predicated on the presumption of adequate spacial organization and packing. When items are well packed and stacked, almost all storages will provide expected benefits. But when not, no storage will. 

About Author

John G.
John has been with Divine Moving and Storage in New York for nearly two decades. Starting as a young helper and climbing up the ranks to be a staple in our organization. John has the knowledge and experience to assist our clients with any move or storage related needs. You can reach John or any of our associates in NYC at 212-244-4011

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