Managed storage containers: how do they work?

Ballards Removals truck in driveway during house move

You’ll have heard of self-storage containers, which you can access 24/7 and add or take your valuables from as needed, but what about managed storage containers

We often get asked what the difference is between managed and self-storage, and the answer is more complex than just ‘we manage it on your behalf’ – but that’s of course a big part of it.

The benefits of Ballards’ managed storage containers

While self-storage can be ideal if you need frequent access to your belongings or if you have an inflexible schedule, managed storage containers come with a wealth of benefits, from minimised handling of goods through to beefed up security that ensures your valuables are only accessible to one person: you.

Our managed containerised storage system is a high-grade service that goes the extra mile to safeguard your belongings. This method is recognised around the world as being by far one of the most efficient ways to safely store household goods. 

Unlike traditional self-storage solutions, our managed alternative offers incredible peace of mind – and insurance perks to boot. Our wooden containers are made in our state-of-the-art warehouse. They’re designed and built by our expert team, specifically with furniture storage in mind. 

Signed, sealed and delivered – to our secure warehouse

Unlike self-storage solutions, which often involve the hefty task of loading, transporting and unloading your heavy goods yourself, our managed storage containers come to you. 

Our trucks have sliding doors, meaning that our trained team of experienced movers will come directly to your home with your empty, purpose-built containers on one of our Ballards heavy goods vehicles ready to be filled. 

Of course, we protect your belongings with all the relevant padding and protection (as though it were a home removal), stacking them to minimise movement and seal it on your doorstep. 

We’ll complete a thorough itemised inventory for each of your containers, being sure to note the condition of your goods and any pre-existing damage so that both you and our team have complete reassurance. 

24-hour security and powerful protection  

From the moment we leave your driveway, your valuables benefit from our comprehensive insurance plan, meaning that we take full and complete liability in the (very rare) event that something unforeseen happens – such as an act of nature.

Upon arrival at our Markham Moor warehouse (which is conveniently located next to A1 for optimum access) they are added to our secure storage system, which benefits from 24-hour CCTV, security guards and alarms that, when triggered, link directly to the police and emergency services.

One of the reasons this method of managed storage is so popular is because it ensures that absolutely no-one, except you, can access your beloved belongings without a prior appointment

Why use managed storage containers?

Our customer base is global, so of course there’s no ‘one size fits all’ reason that covers everyone’s circumstances, but typically the four most common reasons include:

  • Vacating your current property to preserve a house sale. This puts you in a strong position when purchasing your next home
  • Downsizing
  • A change in family circumstances
  • Holding goods while in probate

An added benefit of our managed storage containers is that, unlike metal sealed units which (if not properly maintained) can lead to damp build-up and even damage more fragile belongings or those made of fabrics, our wooden containers are sealed but breathable – meaning that your valuables won’t smell fusty or suffer from moisture-related problems like condensation.

Stored safely in our metal warehouse, they’re safe and protected from the elements – however tempestuous it may get out there – but we regularly open our doors to ensure optimum airflow and for our dedicated security patrols.

If you’re in the process of downsizing, moving home, or simply need a more robust and secure alternative to self-storage options, get in touch today and our team would be happy to guide you through the options available, as well as give you a one-on-one tour of the secure facility that we safeguard your valuables in.

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