From its conception several decades ago, self storage has grown in many ways, both subtly and obviously. Having shed its relatively commercial image, self storage is now becoming an increasingly popular option for households. Traditionally, Australian homes have a lot of storage space, in the form of backyard sheds and garages. But as we become more and more urban, storage space is gradually on the decline.
Proportionately, self storage space is advancing at a steady rate. To adapt to the increase in demand, self storage is adopting a dynamic and innovative approach. This has given rise to a number of trends that are now quite visible.
Self Storage is Its Own Trend
Many movies of the late nineties and early two thousands feature, at some point, the gritty looking self storage yard. But that is no longer the case. Now, there are reality shows, such as ‘Storage Wars,’ that are dedicated solely to self storage. These programs paint self storage in a different light, and they represented changing attitudes towards self storage. The undeniable advantages of self storage are changing people’s perception of storage facilities. Clichéd storage facilities, from the movies, are a thing of the past.
Self Storage Trends: The Rise of Storage Innovations
Technology, design and service are among the most dynamic features of self storage. Just like any other industry, self storage is always seeking to improve itself and meet the ever-changing needs of renters like you. This desire to improve has given rise to some fantastic innovations, and will continue to do so well into the future.
1. Technological Innovations
Technology permeates every layer of business. Although self storage seems like a simple undertaking, it also benefits from the wonders of technology. From electronically gated storage compounds, to digitally circulated billing options, technology has made self storage easier and more accessible for you. It is even easier to find your nearest self storage facility; the internet has made self storage research a breeze. Not only can you find it, but you can also make an informed decision on whether to rent there, based on the information you are given.
2. Design Innovations
Design is a fundamental aspect of self storage. Self storage facilities have to combine a number of design features, in order to maximise space efficiency. Even the simplest looking storage units are being crafted in such a way as to make the most of the space available. As well as this, they are improving in appearance. The older, more dated units are giving way to clean and fresh looking self storage opportunities. This trend is one that will only grow with the industry, so keep you eyes peeled for the new generation of self storage compounds.
3. The Shift From the ‘Set and Forget’ Approach
Perhaps the most notable of self storage trends is the shift towards a more service-based approach. What started as a set and forget storage solution is fast becoming more involved. Self storage providers are getting better at communicating with renters and assisting them in whatever way necessary. This is largely thanks to technology as well. The capacity to send out weekly or monthly bulletins, email correspondence and regular updates has arisen with the advent of email. And this works both ways. Renters can now contact their storage providers if they need help or advice.
There are many benefits to this newly emerging approach to self storage. If nothing else, though, it keeps renters reminded of their storage situation. With frequent contact, you won’t risk forgetting about your things. This means you can avoid the sinking feeling you get when checking your belongings for the first time in a few months.
For more self storage advice and trends, get in touch with All Size Sheds today on (07) 5534 7181.