The types of storage units available seem limitless, and the idea of figuring out what type of storage unit will work best for your needs can feel overwhelming.

But making the right choice doesn’t have to be hard and knowing what you do (and don’t) need can end up saving you money in the long run. To help you make the best choice for your belongings, we’re breaking down the differences between some of the most common types of storage units in the hopes it will make your decision-making process infinitely easier.

Let’s take a look.

Outdoor Storage Units

With outdoor units, you access your storage unit directly from outdoors. In most cases, you’ll drive up, unlock the door to your unit, and raise it up as you would a garage door.

Convenience is the name of the game with outdoor units, as you can drive right up to them. Another perk is the fact they are often large, allowing you to store larger items. If you’ve been wondering where to relegate that snow mobile you only enjoy a couple of times every winter, an outdoor storage unit might be the answer to your prayers.

That being said, an outdoor unit is usually at the mercy of the elements, so if you plan to store mattresses, bedding, photographs, or anything else that could mold, mildew, or rot when exposed to excess heat and humidity, you may want to choose another option.

Indoor Storage Units

Indoor units require you to walk through a door before you can access your unit. One of the biggest benefits of renting an indoor storage unit is having your items protected from the elements. Additionally, you’ll be inside the climate-controlled facility while you go through your belongings, so you don’t have to worry about rain, heat, or snow compared to those accessing an outdoor unit.

Security is another benefit of renting an indoor storage unit. The fact that your belongings are stored indoors behind a locked door adds another layer of protection, and many facilities also have security cameras installed in their buildings.

And don’t forget the extra perks offered by facilities with indoors units. Often, they have dolls, carts, and elevators available for customers to use.

Some things to consider before renting an indoor unit…first, you’ll most certainly have to walk farther to get to your unit when compared to a drive-up, outdoor storage unit. If you are constantly moving things into and out of your unit, this may be a consideration.

Mobile Storage Units

Mobile storage may be the perfect answer for many people as it combines the convenience of front-door service with the climate-controlled benefits of indoor storage.

With mobile storage a unit is delivered right to your front door. You have the luxury of packing your unit at your convenience without ever having to leave your home or make multiple trips to a storage facility. Or, if you’d rather leave the packing to the pros, some mobile storage facilities offer packing services at a competitive rate.

Once the unit is packed, the storage facility picks the unit up from your residence, takes it back to the storage facility and stores it in a climate-controlled warehouse. Security at mobile storage facilities can vary, so ask about security features before you rent. A high-quality facility should monitor their units 24/7 via CCTV, and some employ on-site security personnel as well.

Something to consider—if you will need regular access to your unit, mobile storage may not be the most convenient option for you, though most facilities only require 24-hour notice to make your unit available to you.

When you are ready to have your items returned, simply call the facility, and schedule the delivery of your unit. Unpack it at your convenience and call the company one last time for final pick up.

If you decide mobile storage is the right option for you, we hope you’ll contact us at Holloway Storage. Our team of storage experts offers high-quality storage service at an affordable price.
And we’re happy to price match with our competitors, so you can be sure you’ll get the best price in Sydney when storing your belongings with us.

And if packing your own unit sounds miserable, know that we have a seasoned team of packing pros who will make quick work of packing your unit in a fraction of the time it would take you to get the job done.

Click here to contact us for a customised storage quote.

If you’re looking for a stress-free storage experience with a professional, trustworthy team, we look forward to storing your belongings the right way…with Holloway.