This is one of the most common questions we’re asked about our self-storage facility.

How long can you store stuff in self-storage for?

It’s a fair question. After all, whenever you store your belongings somewhere that doesn’t belong to you, it’s understandable to assume that you’re living on borrowed time.

But that’s the beauty of self-storage: you can keep your stuff there for as long as you want


Only pay for the storage you use

First things first – it’s vitally important that you only pay for the storage you use, however long that might be.

At Squab, we like to keep things simple when it comes to billing. It’s why we quote four-weekly prices and invoice our customers every four weeks. This is based on the assumption that people often think about self-storage in terms of how many months will be required, but we’re flexible, too.

Therefore, if you only need self-storage for a day, that’s all you’ll pay; we’ll simply refund you for every day of storage you haven’t used


Reasons for long- (and short) term self-storage

As you’d imagine, we see lots of fascinating uses for self-storage.

Some people use our spaces for the obvious – house moves, for instance. But we’ve had people running businesses from them, and even using our self-storage units as temporary stockrooms.

The choice really is yours when it comes to self-storage, but that’s why there needs to be plenty of flexibility when it comes to how long you’ll need it for.

For instance, if you’re moving house and need somewhere to temporarily leave some of your bigger items, a couple of days might do it. But if you’re running a football team and need somewhere to leave the kit during the summer break, you’ll want a few months’ self-storage.

You may even have reasons for leaving your stuff there for a number of years. This might be the case if you have valuables which aren’t needed day-to-day, but which you want to keep ultra-secure until it’s time to unearth them. Maybe you’re the sentimental type who can’t bear to be parted with belongings but you know that at some point in the future you’ll be ready to sort through them.

The choice is yours, but you should never be hampered by stringent terms on behalf of the storage company.


Giving notice when things change

As with so many things in life, your plans for self-storage might change. What was supposed to be just a couple of weeks might turn into months.

That’s fine. All you need to do in such instances is ensure you let the storage company know as early as possible. For instance, at Squab, we simply require seven days’ notice that you need to either extend or shorten the hire period.

This enables the self-storage team to ensure the unit is ready for you to move out.

Sometimes, it pays to err on the side of caution and opt for a longer storage period that you think you need. This will future proof your plans, but you might also find that there are discounts on offer if you decide to pay up-front for longer term storage.

At Squab, we’ve got customers who have been with us for just a few weeks and several who have stored with us for many years. Everyone is welcome!

To find out more, just contact our friendly team, today.