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Insights > Self Storage Alternative | Reliable Storage vs. Self Storage

Self Storage Alternative | Reliable Storage vs. Self Storage


Whether your house sale has fallen through, you’re going travelling or you simply have excess goods that are in need of a safe and secure home for a while, there are plenty of reasons why you might consider seeking additional storage for your goods.

For many people, their first thought when considering a temporary storage solution might be a self-storage facility. Whilst this option has its plus points, there are better solutions available. Here are just a few key differences between self-storage and Reliable storage that you might want to consider before you make the final decision on where to store your treasured possessions.

Volume Estimation

Estimating just how much room you’ll need to store your stuff can be a tough job. You can either do it yourself (but be prepared to overpay!) or leave it to the experts.

The Self Storage Way: You’ll have to guess the size of the unit you need based on how much you need to store. Try to be as accurate as possible because if you estimate incorrectly you could potentially end up over paying for space you didn’t need, or underestimating then paying for an additional unit on the day if there’s one available.

The Reliable Way: We send a member of staff round to survey the property to give an accurate estimate of the space that’s required. Point out to our expert what you intend to store and we’ll let you know just how much space you’ll need.


One big thing to think about is the packing process. You may think you don’t have much to pack, but once work gets underway your packing list will inevitably get longer and longer… and longer!

The Self Storage Way: No easy option for an extra helping hand here! It’s all down to you. If you can, try to enlist the help of any willing friends or family members you can find and get packing. You’ll have to make sure you’ve bought plenty of cardboard boxes, bubble wrap and tape to store everything you need. Shelling out for this doesn’t come cheap so take this into consideration when you consider the self-storage rates.

The Reliable Way: We’ll be around beforehand to provide you with all the packing materials you need to get everything under wraps. You might feel that you can handle the packing on your own, but if you need a little help, no worries! For an additional cost, we can arrange for however many extra hands you need to carefully wrap and box your belongings. Decades of moving experience has taught us best practise when it comes to packing, so you can rest assured that your goods are safe and secure.


Making a note of everything you’re storing is a step that should never be missed. Don’t take any shortcuts – have you noted its condition as well?

The Self-Storage Way: Again, it’s all down to you! Trying to organise friends and family to note down everything whilst packing when they’re not professional movers can be pretty chaotic. Plus, you’ll have to be prepared to take on the responsibility if anything gets accidentally damaged along the way.

The Reliable Way: Once we’ve arrived for collection on your day of choice, the first thing we’ll do is inventory the items that you intend to store. This doesn’t only include what your items are, but also the condition that they’re in when we collect them. This gives you full assurance that they’ll be returned to you in the exact same state as you left them in – we’re not called Reliable for nothing!


The storage solution you choose could mean the difference between multiple trips and one easy ride.

The Self-Storage Way: If you want to get the journey done quickly you might find that it’s best to hire a van, or seek the help of some loyal accomplices who might provide additional modes of transport. One thing’s for certain: a single car journey probably isn’t going to cut it! If your self-storage facility is a long way from your home, you might want to think about how many journeys you’ll have to make and factor in your fuel cost.

The Reliable Way: Your storage container comes directly to your property, and we’ll go straight from door to store. Our storage containers come preloaded on our vehicles and we’ll be loading these at your home, allowing you to see your belongings secured and sealed right in front of you. Once you’re happy everything is safely on board, we’ll then head straight to our depot, where your goods will be unloaded by forklift truck.


What are the main differences between Reliable’s storage space and self-storage? Take a look…

The Self-Storage Way: You have access to your goods as and when you need it (providing it’s not too far away from where you live!) but be prepared to spend your day digging around – who knows what box that spatula you’re looking for ended up in!

The Reliable Way: Whether you need a short-term or long-term solution, we can provide both. Your items will be carefully stored in our secure, insulated warehouse for the entire duration that you need, until you tell us that you want them back. Need your goods quick? Just give our experts a call, we’ll be more than happy to help.


Planning for re-delivery can be chaotic or as simple as making a quick phone call, depending on the option you choose.

The Self-Storage Way: Oh no! It’s the chaos of the packing process all over again. You’ll have to rope in your friends and family to help out with delivery or hire a van.

The Reliable Way: Got a delivery date in mind? We’ll get you in the diary! Your units will be retrieved from our warehouse and loaded onto our purpose-built removal vehicle, ready to be delivered, unloaded and unsealed by our fully trained removals team.


By now you’ve seen all the pros and cons but what will your storage solution set you back? Prepare to be surprised.

The Self-Storage Way: With self-storage you might find that you end up with a lot of empty space in your unit which you’ll still have to pay for! This means wasted space, and wasted money.

The Reliable Way: Even with all the benefits that Reliable storage brings, our house storage costs aren’t going to break the bank. In fact, our storage costs per week start from as little as £12, which is cheaper than some brightly coloured self-storage facilities! Moreover, we don't waste space, you only pay for what you use. We have the knowledge and materials to safely stack your furniture to utilise the whole unit.

So before you choose self-storage, ask yourself – would my possessions be better looked after in self-storage or with Reliable? We’ll wager that Reliable will be your best option.

To find out more about Reliable storage or to arrange for a free quote give our experts a ring on 0800 093 1990.

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