Self storage units have been around since the 1970’s and have undergone a lot of changes since then. Today, a growing number of people and businesses are taking advantage of the convenience that self storage units provide. However, most people have no idea where self storage units actually came from and how they have evolved over time. Some units are still very similar to the original units whereas some have advanced a great deal in order to accommodate the changing needs of today’s storage users. Here is a quick look at how self storage has changed over the last few decades.
Originally, self storage units had very few rules and were normally built off of the everyday path with no additional safety aside from the locks on the doors. Initially, the rules were fairly simple and few in number. They included: no one can sleep or live in their storage unit, they could not resale or sub-lease a storage unit, and could not store hazardous materials. That was about it.Storage Units
Over time, the self storage industry has grown extremely rapidly and the services provided has expanded a great deal. They now range widely in sizes and accommodations Traditionally, self storage facilities had a very limited selection in regards to size whereas today, storage units can be as small as walk-in closet or large enough to store everything from a two-bedroom apartment.
As you can see, self storage has already advanced quite a bit since the 1970’s. The main advancements can be seen in the increased size, features, and security that are now provided as a standard service. It is expected that self storage will continue to advance as quality alternatives continue to join the marketplace, most notably PODS-style systems. To compete with the convenience of mobile self storage, traditional self storage rooms are primarily relying on advances that are being made to features, such as climate control, and guaranteed security.