Renting Storage – What You Need to Know

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With such a large range of storage solutions available these days, it can be tricky to know which option is right for you. But if your belongings are worth storing then it’s worth doing some research to find your perfect fit.

To take the guess work out of making a decision about how to keep your possessions safe and secure, we have assembled some key information for you to think about.

What is self-storage?

Quite simply, self-storage is your own rented space outside your home, where you can store almost anything you need to. Most self-storage facilities offer a range of sizes to suit your needs, and prices for renting storage spaces are charged accordingly.

PODS offer deliverable, secure, weather-resistant storage containers in three sizes – giving you a convenient and cost-effective moving and storage solution. If needed, PODS containers can also be housed in a clean, secure storage centre, which you can access 6 days per week.

How secure is renting storage?

The level of security depends on the storage provider. Outdoor facilities are generally locked and some are accessible 24 hours a day,

A trustworthy indoor storage centre like PODS will provide individually lockable containers, alarms, surveillance cameras and pest control. With PODS, you are the only person who holds the key to your container. This means you can rest assured your belongings are safe at all times.

What’s the difference between indoor and outdoor storage?

If you’re looking to store large items like jet-skis, kayaks, trailers or cars, then an outdoor storage yard is probably for you. Be sure to consider whether the items you’re storing can withstand the outside elements – think temperature changes, storms and pests.

On the flipside, if you need to store furniture or other household items that you don’t have space for, an indoor self-storage unit could be the way to go. Indoor facilities are often safer, climate-controlled and keep your belongings out of the weather.

What is mobile self-storage?

Mobile self-storage is a convenient, weather-resistant solution that works particularly well if you’re unable to transport items yourself. Here’s how it works with PODS: a truck will drop off an individually lockable storage container (a ‘POD’) to your desired location for you to fill with the belongings you want stored. If you’d prefer for someone else to load your items, PODS can also recommend companies for packing, loading and unloading. Once the packing is done, a truck will then return to take your POD to the next location – whether that’s your new home or one of our secure storage centres.

Unlike most mobile storage units, PODS are made of a solid, steel frame construction able to withstand winds up to 170km per hour. They also have a water-resistant seal, meaning moisture, rodents and insects will not get in and destroy your valuables.

How much does renting storage cost?

Prices vary depending on what you are looking for and how much inventory you have. Some facilities might also charge different prices depending on states and distance from the CBD. PODS offer practical storage from just $155 per month. You can also request a quote online in just a few minutes to get pricing that’s tailored to you.

What storage size do I need?

The wonderful thing about self-storage solutions is that you only pay for the space you need. Whether you need to store an entire house worth of items or just a few things, PODS containers can manage it all. PODS are available in three sizes and there’s even a space calculator to help you figure out what size you need. You’d be surprised to see what you can fit into a container!

Small:
From $155 per month*

PODS moving and storage container SMALL

Height: 2.4m
Width: 2.1m
Length: 2.1m
Approx 10.5m3
Furnished rooms: Studio or 1 bedroom apartment^

Medium:
From $250 per month*

PODS moving and storage container MEDIUM

Height: 2.4m
Width: 2.4m
Length: 3.6m
Approx 20.4m3
Furnished rooms: 2 bedroom apartment or house^

Large:
From $270 per month*

PODS moving and storage container LARGE

Height: 2.4m
Width: 2.4m
Length: 4.8m
Approx 27.6m3
Furnished rooms: 3 bedroom house^

*Delivery charges not included.
^The amount of space needed can vary based on the amount and size of furnishings in your home and the additional goods stored in your garage, wardrobes and sheds. Please be sure to include all of your rooms when you talk with our Customer Service team or lodge our Get a Quote online form

Do I need insurance for self-storage?

It’s a good idea to take out insurance to cover your stored belongings and a good place to start is asking your home insurance provider whether or not they cover items in storage, specifically when stored off your property.

If your home insurance doesn’t cover your self-storage unit, you might want to discuss protection cover with us or your chosen provider. PODS offers Contents Protection Cover for your stored items to give you peace of mind in the unlikely event that something happens and our policy cost starts from $1.40 per $1,000 of nominated value of goods, per month.

PODS® Self Storage Contents Protection Cover

DEFINED EVENTS

  • Policy cost is $1.40 per $1000 of the nominated value of your goods, per month
  • Minimum premium value is $5000 – premium of $7.00 per month
  • Maximum premium value is $100,000 – premium of $140 per month
  • If you require Contents Protection for a higher amount, please call 1800 467 637

Who should I talk to if I need more information?

As you can see, it pays to put some thought into your storage needs but it doesn’t have to be a complicated process. With the information above and our helpful frequently asked questions page, you should be able to make an educated decision about what’s right for you.

Need more help? Call PODS today on 1800 467 637 or email us at austcustserv@auspods.com.au.

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