Difference between Public Storage and Self Storage

Written by Posted On Thursday, 27 March 2014 23:20

Public storage options were quite popular a while ago. But people need more protection, convenience for their possessions and that’s why self-storage is gaining attention. Here we discuss their differences.

Rising populations, thriving cities and reducing residential spaces have prompted people to find new solutions for their storing needs. That’s when the idea of public storage became widely popular. Airports to railway stations to government designated public centers have been used time and again for keeping personal, industrial and commercial belongings. These facilities have enabled people to introduce more space in their residential or commercial complexes, giving them the opportunity to function better. But modern storing facilities have undergone several changes, giving rise to self or personal storing facilities. The demand for these selves controlled facilities has resulted in the development of over 2.35 billion square feet of self storing facilities alone in the US. But if you are wondering about the difference between self and public storage facilities, then here is what you need to know.

As opposed to self storing, public facilities don’t offer much freedom to the store. For instance, these public facilities have strict operational timing, ensuring that you can’t enter the facility after closing time. Apart from that, the space is more often limited to individuals. Public facilities are owned or operated by the government and therefore it can ask you to retrieve your stored items any time, if more space is required for government items. So, the reliability factor is quite low when compared to self store facilities. Most importantly, public facilities can be accessed by the government without your prior permission. If the government is led to believe that you or someone else in the area is using the facility for illegal purposes, they can tear the entire facility down.

Thankfully, this is not a case with self-storage facilities. Designed to give the user full autonomy, these facilities are more convenient. For instance, most of them are open for longer durations, so that you can access them even at odd hours. More often, the space of a single unit is enough to hold your furniture and appliances, which isn’t usually the case with public facilities. These units have been designed to provide varied options for the user. So, whether you are a homeowner who needs to store any unused products or a small business owner who needs to store goods, self storing facilities are a great option. They have special leases and rent options and long term deals offer cost benefits.

Offering versatility, these units comes in a variety of sizes. Some of them are specially designed for commercial and industrial purposes, providing you support and ease of usage. They also have facilities for directly transporting the product from a larger vehicle. But most importantly, they are more secure than your regular public facility. With controlled access, these facilities provide features such as security guards, cameras, alarm units and keypad or proximity cards. A number of them also provide specialized solutions for climate controlled products, outdoor storage units for boats and recreational vehicles and have loading docks as well.

That’s what makes public storage different from self ones, making the latter more popular among masses.

Kea Jones is a New York based columnist who likes to write about various buzz and current affairs in the business world. Besides that she is actively writing reviews for various new local business houses, products and services. Follow her on @KeaJones05

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