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The pros and cons of short term vs long term storage

When it comes to storage solutions, there are two main options: short term and long term. Which one is right for you? That depends on your needs and budget. Here is a breakdown of the pros and cons of each option to help you make the best decision for your business.

Is a short term storage unit better than long term?

Short term storage units are less expensive but don’t offer features like climate control that long term storage does. A long term storage solution is going to be more expensive, but it’s going to offer features that might be worth the extra cost to some people.

It really depends on your needs as to which is the best storage solution for you. If you need to store something for a long period of time, but don’t need features like climate control, then short term storage might be the way to go. But if you need those features, then you’re going to have to pay more for a long term storage unit.

Advantages of short term storage units

A short term storage unit is a great option if you need to store items for a short period of time.

We’ve listed the advantages of short term storage solutions below:

  • They are typically less expensive than long term storage units.
  • You can access your belongings more easily since you don’t have to commit to a long-term lease.
  • Short term storage solutions are ideal for businesses that only need to store inventory on a seasonal basis.

Disadvantages of short term storage units

More often than not, short term storage unit solutions are not climate controlled. If you live in an area with extreme temperatures, this could damage your stored items.

Other disadvantages include:

  • A limited amount of space. You may need to rent multiple storage units if you have a lot of items to store.
  • You will need to transport your items to and from the storage unit, which can be time consuming and expensive.

Advantages of long term storage solutions

A long term storage solution is a great option if you need to store items for an extended period of time, such as business records or family heirlooms. The main advantages of a long term storage unit include:

  • They are typically more secure than short term storage.
  • Long term storage units are typically climate controlled and located in secure facilities.

However, there are some disadvantages to consider.

Disadvantages of long term storage units

You may find that long term storage solutions are more expensive than short term storage units.  Other disadvantages may also include the following:

  • You may need to sign a long term contract, which could be difficult to get out of if your needs change.
  • It can be difficult to access your stored items if they are not located close by.

Which option is right for you?

Do some research and figure out which option is best for you and your needs. Storage can be a great solution for many different things, so find the one that works best for you and your budget and go with it!

Are you ready to book a storage unit?

Safe, secure and easily accessible, place your most precious possessions in our capable hands at Lee Transport Australia. Conveniently located at 3/9 Woodbine Street, Gympie, drop by and look around at our secure storage solutions. Or phone 07 54821697 and have us arrange an obligation-free quote today.

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