Self storage units were invented in the 1970s. They have gone through many changes. A growing number of individuals and businesses are now taking advantage of self storage units’ convenience. Many people are unaware of the history and evolution of self-storage units. Some units are very similar to the originals while others have improved to meet today’s storage needs. Click here to quick overview of how self storage has evolved over the past several decades.
Self-storage units had no rules at all and were constructed on an everyday basis with no extra safety except for the locks. The initial rules were very simple and limited in number. They stated that one could not live in a storage unit; they could not sub-lease or resell it; and they could not store hazardous material. That was all.
Self storage has experienced rapid growth over the years and the range of services offered has greatly expanded. There are many sizes and accommodation options available. In the past, self-storage facilities were limited in size. However, today storage units come in all sizes.
Some of the most notable changes in self storage units include the safety precautions and features. Climate controlled environments, cold storage are two of the latest features. The use of climate control is becoming more common as people store electronics and finished wood. Climate controlled storage units can be insulated and well built to protect against water damage as well as mold/spore damage.
Security has also changed in many ways. Keypad access, 24-hour security, fencing and video surveillance are some of the latest technologies being used. Self storage rooms were usually left open without any security. The padlock was the only way to secure the property. These rooms also didn’t have any security features, such as fencing or video surveillance.