The self storage industry began in the 1980s in Great Britain. Since then, the number of facilities has risen and more people are utilizing them. The country is now home to some 800 huge and brightly colored warehouses some of which even have strange sounding names.
A survey has found that Britons pay an average 50 sterling pounds each month to keep their belongings in self storage. And while an increasing number of people are renting units, what's surprising is many of them do not even bother to go back and collect them.
Similar to what's happening among households in the US, families often accumulate a lot of stuff through the years. Unfortunately, not all are willing to let the old stuff or donate them to charity shops thinking that they will still become valuable in the future. And so they keep their old furniture, appliances, decors and other items in their attic or in self storage facilities when they no longer have sufficient space at home.
Experts are also seeing a change in lifestyle among people today. With modern communication technology to include laptops and smart phones now in our middle, there's less paper such as mails and bill statements being circulated these days. Photos, music and even books can now b stored in a digital format. Traveling light is also the call of the day. As such, many people feel the pressure of de-cluttering to less their stuff at home.
Thankfully, people can get a lot of help today in storing their personal and business affiliations through the self storage. With rental units within easy reach and affordable, those facing storage problems need not be stressed too much because they can just pack their items and transport them to a rental unit and keep them there for as long as they want.
In the UK, a large facility is normally a warehouse with several stories and located near the main road. Inside will be cubicles or rental units that range from the small 6 square feet to as huge as a tennis court. Among the regular customers, two-thirds are private individuals that include business owners as well as those who are moving to a new place.
The self storage industry in the UK is worth $ 550 million. Two of the major storage chains in the country are Safestore and Big Yellow. The Self Storage Association reported that from 2006 to 2008, the number of facilities went up by 36 percent.
The UK has the most number of self storage facilities in Europe. Since the 1980s, the country now has more than 800 facilities or an equivalent of 0.52 square foot for every Briton. Meanwhile, the European Union statistics revealed the UK has the smallest average room sizes and the oldest housing stock in the European continent.
As the number of companies in the industry has increased through the years, competition has also become stiffer. As such, each provider needs to adopt different measures to boost sales. These days, more self storage facilities are already offering various services including insurance, packing and selling of packing materials as well as accessories.