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The misunderstood world of Self Storage

Written by on September 7, 2015

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Working in any industry day-in, day-out you can often forget that not everyone has the in-depth knowledge about it that you do. (Although we’re sure that really you’re all avid subscribers to Self Storage Weekly).

According to the latest results of the Self Storage Association’s annual survey, there are still a lot of people out there who don’t understand how self storage works.


So we’re here to bust some myths and reveal the truth! (that sounds a bit dramatic, but you get our point…)


The research, which spoke to 2,150 people, revealed that 15% had never even heard of self storage, and a further 40% had heard of it, but didn’t really know what it meant. So a staggering one in two people don’t really know what self storage is – or if they could benefit from it!


Self-Storage is ways to keep your belongings in a safe, secure, dry place while you move, downsize, re-decorate, re-carpet, declutter etc…


But even those who did know about self storage had some misunderstandings about how it all works:


MYTH: Only 53% of respondents thought that self storage offers a range of unit sizes to suit people’s needs

TRUTH: at McCarthy’s we offer everything from units the size of a phone box to those the size of a football pitch! And the great thing is you can change units as you need to – so if you need to downsize or upsize for a period of time, that’s not a problem.


MYTH: Only 37% thought that self storage contracts are flexible from 1 month to 12 months or longer

TRUTH: You can have a storage unit with us from a month to forever! We just require two weeks’ notice if you wish to vacate.


MYTH: Only 32% thought that only they could access their goods in self storage, not the store staff

TRUTH: We can’t access your unit. You will have a lock on there, which you put on, and only you hold the key to. Your goods are entirely safe and secure.



Any questions you have, we’re always happy to help, so feel free to give one of the team a call and let us bust some more myths!


McCartheys were there to take much of the stress out of what was a very difficult time for myself and my family.All the staff were patient and understanding of our dilemma and did all they could to help.
The storage facilities were safe and very secure with easy access .
All in all a painless experience.
Would highly recommend.

5 Stars

Really friendly and helpful customer service and explained everything clearly. Easy to reserve and new facility in York seems well secured and easy to access, with handy equipment to use (particularly with extended hours - at additional cost). Only minor comment for improvement during these times would be to have sanitise stations near the keypads as these are touch points for everyone using the facility.

5 Stars

Really good service and nice units. Easy access, great location, nothing to fault

5 Stars
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    West Yorkshire
    HD1 6NE

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