Self Storage is defined as the direct storage by individuals and companies of goods in their own exclusively occupied, self-contained, secured rooms/spaces, which form the major or primary use within a larger building or complex.
Self storage centres are user-friendly facilities, often sited along major roads close to densely populated areas, retail parks and light industrial estates. For the business client, self storage is an alternative to owning or leasing expensive space. For the individual customer self storage frees up space at home.
You can rent your own lockable secure room of practically any size for as short or long a period as you require. You are the only person to hold the key and you can come and go as often as you like during normal working hours. Some companies and centres also offer 24 hour access seven days a week. Your rights and goods are protected via a straightforward licence agreement that is provided by the self storage operator. You must, however, insure your goods.
A critical feature of any self storage centre is the level and type of security measures employed, both as regards the safety of customers visiting facilities and of stored goods. Operators rely on different systems to ensure that only customers have access to their belongings; control by staff, PIN codes, swipe card entry systems, remote alarms, closed circuit television etc.
The Association is directed by a Board of Non-Executive Directors; there are normally 5 of them. They are all actively involved in self storage and represent the interests not only of the large multi-site operators but also the smaller, independent and often single-site operators many of whom are just starting out. The current Chairman is Colm Heffernon.
The Board meets regularly and the Association is supported by a number of working groups who can be called together at short notice to provide advice on any issue.
The Association arranges an annual conference and members' meetings. Any member may attend these functions.
People are finding out daily how self storage can be used to facilitate a house move, put items off site while extending or redecorating the house and put away items until next season. Businesses are finding self storage is more flexible and cost effective than taking a long term commitment to a lease or using an unprotected garage or shed.
The opening and closing times of each facility varies. Please refer to the individual facility for specific opening hours.
Photo identification is required by all the facilities in the form of either a driving licence, passport or current student ID. Other forms of identification such as proof of address may also be required, please refer to the individual facilities for confirmation.
No you don’t, you sign a straight forward license agreement prior to moving into your unit. The contract takes approximately 10 minutes to complete.
No, you can fill in your storage agreement today and move in immediately. However to be guaranteed a unit of a specific size on arrival it is advisable to book in advance
You can bring your goods in your own vehicle if you have enough space. Some facilities offer a move-in service, please contact the individual facility for details. Alternatively the individual facilities can recommend a van hire/removal company.
No, all costs will be discussed with you by your facilities manager prior to signing the agreement.
Yes, you are welcome to move to another size depending on your storage requirements.
All the facilities who are members of the ISSA have extensive security measures in place. Please refer to the individual facility for details.
You can store almost anything in the units. The only exceptions are:
- Living items such as animals & plants.
- Hazardous materials such as flammable liquids and explosive items that could decompose such as exposed food stuffs.
- Unauthorised or illegal goods such as firearms etc.
Yes, the majority of facilities will accept deliveries however this should be confirmed with your chosen provider.
You are welcome to stay for weeks, months or years or for as long as you require.
Some facility providers offer this service please refer to the individual facility for details.
Each facility has trained staff who can offer you advice on your storage requirements. Several of the ISSA members’ websites offer easy to follow guidelines which will give you an indication of your storage requirements. We recommend however that you visit your chosen facility to see the different sizes available.
That is no problem our staff are more than happen to so you alternative sizes which may better suit your storage needs.
Many of the facilities contain packing shops, items include boxes (of various sizes), bubble wrap, tape, locks and covers for furniture etc. Please refer to the individual facility for details.
Yes, each facility has trained staff members available during standard opening hours to help with any queries you may have.
Yes, many of the facilities have trolleys, pallets, forklifts etc to help transport your goods to your unit. Please refer to the individual facility for details.
Access during standard opening hours is free. Access to the units outside of these hours should be agreed with your facilities manager.
Contact your facility provider by phone or email to receive a quote.
Many of the facility providers do require the goods to be insured. This can either be obtained through your provider at minimal cost or you can insure the goods yourself. Please refer to the individual facility for details.
The facilities providers offer a wide range of other services, please refer to the individual facilities for details.
Yes, this will need to be agreed with your facility provider in advance of their arrival.
A form of photo identification. Many of the facility providers require proof of address in addition to the photo ID, so please refer to the individual facility for details. A lock to secure the unit this can be obtained at the facility or you can provide your own.