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Storage space for your extra stuff

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Most UAE residents, expats especially, simply do not have the luxury of space at home to accommodate more belongings. That’s why flea and secondhand markets abound for when the need to clear up residential space and discard stuff arises. However, some homeowners are not that keen about selling, donating, or throwing away their possessions just yet. Where to stash them? In a self-storage facility.

Given the number of companies offering storage solutions, shopping for one can be daunting. Individuals who require storage space outside of home are thus advised to consider the location as top priority. Is it near your residence? If not, would going to and fro be convenient enough? Another point to factor into the decision-making process is budget. Take time to canvass around to get the best value for money. Next is size, which largely depends on the volume of things that requires storage. Other concerns to keep in mind are cleanliness, safety and security, access to facility, and amenities such as a temperature-controlled environment. 

Selfstore Dubai offers various purpose-built storage facilities that range from lockers to large units. These can be rented on a daily, weekly, monthly and yearly basis. Accessible round the clock, the monthly rates start at Dh300 for a 10 sq.ft. unit to Dh4,800 for a 400 sq.ft. space. 

In Abu Dhabi, Gulf Self Storage has a vast selection of steel storage units, from as small as a locker (15 to 25 sq.ft.) to as big as a warehouse (140 to 160 sq.ft.). The units are equipped with a fire detection and protection system, and can be accessed 24/7.

Handy Hints
• To rent a facility, check its location, safety, etc.
• Gulf Self Storage has locker to warehouse-size units
• Selfstore Dubai’s storage space rates start at Dh300




Source: Ellen Joyce Soriano, Special to Classifieds
The writer is a freelancer