Self-store v long-term storage: what’s best for me?

Personal storage is an increasingly popular service, providing flexibility for homeowners when moving, decorating, or otherwise organising their belongings. So what’s the difference between the two main types of storage, self-store and long-term storage? What’s best for your living situation, and what are the benefits of each?

Self-store

Self storage is designed primarily for smaller volumes of goods needing storage for a short period. This service is ideal if you

  • Need somewhere to store seasonal items, such as Christmas decorations or outdoor furniture
  • Need to keep some furniture and effects out of the way while redecorating
  • Have a small household and need a stop gap during the move process

Self-store gives you the most control over your belongings. You will typically have ownership over your own packing and storage, and self-store facilities are usually very flexible about when you can access your possessions.

Long-term storage

Storage warehouses are designed to keep a large collection of belongings safe for as long as you need them. Long-term storage is perfect if you

  • Have inherited a legacy
  • Are transforming your home into a rental property or Airbnb
  • Have a large household and need a stop gap during the move process
  • Are moving abroad for a fixed period

Companies offering long-term storage will often provide a packing service to ensure professional protection of your items prior to storage.ย The container used to store your items should also be sealed at your home for security purposes, and transported to the storage centre for you.


Pickfords provides secure goods storage to customers throughout the UK and overseas, and operates self-storage facilities in key locations across the country. Click here to get a quote for storage, or request a call back.

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