HOW TO CHOOSE A SECURE STORAGE SITE

As the summer season is now drawing to a close you may want to start thinking about where you are going to store your caravan or motorhome over the winter. Whilst your driveway is an option, a secure, accredited storage site has many benefits. If you are looking to place your caravan or motorhome on a secure storage site, here are a few points you may want to consider before making a decision:

First Impressions

Never commit to a self-storage facility without seeing the premises first. It could be much different to how it has been described over the phone or on the website. You’ll also be able to take note of whether the site’s location is convenient for you, if the staff are friendly, and if security features are as advertised. You may want to visit a few different storage sites before you make your final decision.

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Security

Concerns about security is often the biggest worry for storage site users. When you visit a storage facility it would be prudent to look out for and ask about the following:

  • CCTV – most storage sites will have cameras, but it is important to know whether they are in operation 24 hours a day and if they’re monitored. It is also important that CCTV cover more than just the entrance.
  • Access – Take a note of how easy is it to gain access to the facility? Some facilities will have electric gates which require a pin code for access, whilst for others you may be given a key. Alternatively, some storage sites have a manned reception or office which will grant you access.
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Pricing

The cheapest storage option may not necessarily be the best option. Saving money may come at the expense of other factors like location or security. It is always worthwhile making sure what the cost includes.

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Opening Hours

If you think you may need access to your caravan or motorhome outside normal business hours, you will need to ask whether the site opening times meet your needs. Whilst some storage sites offer 24 hour access, others may only operate during business hours and with reduced hours at weekends.

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Site Facilities & Services

You may want to consider whether additional site amenities like vehicle cleaning and repair facilities are available. Some sites are able to offer both indoor and outdoor storage facilities, and pitches can vary from concrete and tarmac to hard standing.

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Other points to consider:

  • Will you be issued with a contract?
  • How flexible is it?
  • Do you require insurance to store your caravan/motorhome on the site?
  • What happens in case of emergency?
  • Is there a phone number to call?
  • Will you be contacted?

For over 15 years, CaSSOA has been representing caravan storage site owners’ across the UK and now work with over 500 sites across the UK. All our accredited storage sites are assessed for security features, access and amenities to make sure they minimise the potential of theft.

There are three levels of CaSSOA accredited sites (Bronze, Silver and Gold). Our accreditation awards are based on a number of safety and security features including access control systems, perimeter fencing, CCTV and on-site facilities.

For more information about CaSSOA storage caravan and motorhome storage please call us on 0843 216 5802 or email us at enquiries@cassoa.co.uk .