While they are both spaces to store items, warehouses and self-storage units have slightly different features and functionalities. We have highlighted some of the main differences between the two, so you can choose the right storage for you.
Size - Self-storage units are available in a variety of sizes to cater for your needs, warehouses are large commercial and/or industrial spaces that are suitable for pallets and moving machinery such as forklifts and pallet trucks.
Cost - As warehouses are generally larger and usually require more maintenance, security, and expensive insurance, the costs involved are higher than for self-storage.
Location - Due to their size and function, warehouses are usually found in industrial areas outside of residential areas where lorries are able to access them easily, whereas self-storage facilities can be found within towns and cities.
Access - Self-storage units have 24/7 access with unique security codes or digital unlocking via mobile apps (like Space Next Door!). Meanwhile, most public warehouses have ‘working hours’ because they require staff to run and prior notice of visitation. For contract warehousing, you will usually need to integrate software for this service.
Staff - The size of warehouses means they need trained staff to operate equipment, manage inventory, and organise logistics.
Customer service - If there are any issues with self-storage facilities there is a customer service team to resolve them, but depending on the rental contract for your warehouse you may be liable for any problems.
Security - Self-storage facilities such as Space Next Door integrate technology using IoT for features such as mobile app unlocking and recorded access logs. Warehouses tend to use standard security such as guards and CCTV.
Contract - Self-storage allows for short term rentals - Space Next Door has no minimum term contracts! Warehouses tend to require long term contracts of months or years.
In summary, self-storage is cost-effective, flexible, and accessible. Warehouses cater for large volumes and fast turnovers of inventory.
If self-storage sounds like the right option for you, get in touch with us to find out more or request a quote!