Deciding on affordable and safe storage? Here’s what to look for . . .

The things we collect in our lifetime can eventually take up unnecessary space in our homes. 

If you’re a part of the increasing number of people who need to find more space for their stuff, perhaps it’s time to consider renting an affordable and safe storage unit

You may need storage facilities if you:

However, before signing on the dotted line, it’s important to take the following factors into consideration.

Is the storage unit affordable and safe?

While you may be drawn to some of the cheaper options on the market, it’s important to weigh up the cost versus safety. 

After all, you don’t want to lock up your storage unit and then constantly worry if your goods are safe.

One of the critical elements to consider is whether the storage facility is guarded. The presence of a security guard should give you the peace of mind that your possessions are safe. 

In addition, round the clock video surveillance is now an industry standard, so the facility you choose should definitely have this capability. 

It goes without saying the facility should be fenced. The fence should also be electrified, with surveillance cameras mounted at strategic access points along the perimeter.

In addition, the storage facility should be compliant with respect to fire safety codes.

As you walk around the facility check for the presence of fire extinguishers, fire hoses, sprinklers and fire alarms and detectors.

Selection Cartage offers modern palletised storage at competitive rates to keep your valuables safe.
Selection Cartage offers modern palletised storage at competitive rates to keep your heirlooms safe.

Is the affordable and safe unit conveniently located?

You may be tempted to opt for a storage facility that’s cheaper over the one that is closer. However, it’s important to factor in the additional costs for time, fuel and convenience before making your choice.

If you need to access your possessions on a fairly regular basis, it may be wiser to go for the closer option that may be cost slightly more to rent.

How does it look?

A poorly maintained storage facility should have you running for the exit. Think about it. Would you store your valuable possessions in a building that is damaged and run down?

As you do the walking tour, also look out for evidence of facilities management services that may give you a hint that the facility is well taken care of. 

Are there pest control devices placed along the building’s perimeter? Are all the lights working? These factors should create another layer of trust for you, the prospective client.

Can I readily access my possessions?

You should always have access to your goods. However, bear in mind that staff may only be present during normal office hours to help you. 

Before signing on, ensure that you are able to access your possessions as and when you need to. 

Does the facility offer remote-controlled access? Do they offer limited access on weekends and public holidays?


There are quite a number of factors to consider when selecting an affordable and safe storage unit. It’s best to go to the site armed with information and a set of questions before making a commitment.

With storage facilities in South Africa’s main centres, your items will be stored safely and securely and you can access them when you need to.