Public Storage Versus Private Storage Facilities

Public Storage Versus Private Storage Facilities

So, you need to get a few things out of the way or just want to store some excess items rather than get rid of them. Naturally, storage units come to mind which may bring forth the question, “What is the difference between a private storage facility and a public self-storage facility?

Realistically, they both serve the same purpose, but there are some small differences that we will discuss below.

What is Private Storage?

Also known as full-service storage, private storage facilities pretty much do it all for their customers. This includes packing up items with care, loading them into a moving truck, transporting them to the unit, and unpacking them into the storage space.

However, these are not standard storage units that one can simply drive up to and remove items from at will.

In contrast, the items will be transported to the company’s private storage facility, and access to the unit will only be available by a pre-set appointment and fees are often associated with such visits.

A perk to private storage is that when your agreement is completed, the company will also transfer your items to a place that you request, which essentially means they serve double duty as a moving and storage service.

What is Self-Storage?

Self-storage units have a number of benefits that outweigh those of private facilities. You will have access to your self-storage unit during operational hours, and many facilities offer 24/7 access, so you can get anything you need with no need to schedule an appointment.

Furthermore, self-storage tends to cost much less than private storage. This is because while self-storage places often offer discounts and free perks, moving and packing services are not included in the rental rates.

David Lockhart