The best storage facilities in Canberra

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Where are the best storage facilities in Canberra? Photo: File.

Whether you’re renovating, building, downsizing or just running out of space, you’ll likely want a storage facility, for the short, medium or long term.

A secure and convenient self-storage facility can be an economical way to keep your possessions safe. They can give you peace of mind while protecting the “stuff” you need to store, whether that’s a few boxes of office records, a house of furniture, valuable artwork or a large vehicle.

In this article, we’ll outline the qualities to consider when choosing a storage facility, and share where to find the best in Canberra.

What makes a great storage facility?

Choosing the right storage facility, one that is secure, flexible and convenient, will take the stress out of keeping your possessions clean and safe.

It can be helpful to keep the following in mind when choosing a storage facility.

  • Secure. The best storage facilities offer professional grade security features to keep your valuables safe. This can include electrical fencing, CCTV systems, personal pin codes, unique lock and keys, and back-to-base alarms on individual units. You’ll also want to find out how the facility is staffed, and how regularly security systems are checked.
  • Clear contracts and insured. You’ll want a storage facility that has clear and concise contracts that are easy to understand. Read your contract carefully so you know what the storage facility is liable for and what you’re liable for. This includes unforeseen events such as fire, theft, water damage or pest infestations. You’ll also want a storage facility that has proper insurance.
  • Accessible. Choose a storage facility that is accessible when you need it. This includes location and ease of access. If you need frequent access, you’ll likely want a storage facility close to your home or office. You may also need to access your goods seven days a week and after regular work hours.
  • Cost and special requirements. You’ll want to pay a fair price for your storage facility, and won’t want to pay for space you don’t need. Also check for costs relating to special needs. Large items, like cars or boats, will need large direct access units. Wine or art are best kept in storage facilities with temperature and humidity control.
  • Support services. If life is busy, and time precious, you may want support services from your storage facility. You might need help, for example, to pack, transport and unpack. You might also need a facility that can handle special needs like inbound or outbound deliveries. If you need special support services, make sure your storage facility can cater for them.

The best storage facilities in Canberra

RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 20 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.

To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on RiotACT and Facebook as well as maintaining a minimum average of 4/5 stars on Google.

The Lock Up Self Storage Mitchell

A family run business for more than 30 years, The Lock Up Self Storage is a high-security storage facility. It provides safe, affordable, and secure storage options for businesses and individuals, seven days a week and across two levels. Small lockers through to 54 cubic metre units are available. So too is drive-through access for storing large vehicles. The Lock Up Self Storage was Canberra’s first indoor self-storage facility.

On Google, Carli Britton wrote, “Lovely staff. Great price. Easy access.”

National Storage Mitchell

National Storage Mitchell offers tailored self-storage solutions with 24/7 access for individuals and businesses. This includes office items, climate-controlled wine storage and large-scale vehicle storage for caravans and boats. National Storage Mitchell also offers services like packaging and vehicle hire to make moving in and out of storage easy. They also offer insurance.

On Google, Tony Palmer wrote, “Rented one of the smaller spaces here and had no issues. Nice and secure with easy access.”

Box It

Since 2014, Box It has been providing a unique, hassle-free mobile storage solution. Box It delivers a storage container to a customer who then packs it. Once packed, Box It collects the container and delivers it to a final location. This can be a new residence or premise or the Box It storage facility. Box It also offers commercial storage, document storage, moving and packing supplies.

Mitchell Whitelaw wrote Google, “Stored and moved our whole house with Box It. Their service was friendly and prompt … a great service at a reasonable price.”

Spacey Storage Hume

Spacey Storage Hume is a state-of-the-art, self-storage facility. Customers can access belongings from 6am to 9pm, seven days a week. Units are individually alarmed. CCTV cameras provide security over the entire Hume site. A wide variety of clean and secure storage unit sizes and types are available. Online rentals and bill pay make life quick and easy.

Cameron Coghill wrote on Google, “Best storage solution by far. New and clean facilities. Easy access …”

If you’re looking for more information on storage facilities in Canberra, you might like our articles on the best removalists, the best van hire, the best cleaners, the best end of lease cleaners and the best skin bin hire and rubbish removal that Canberra has to offer.

Your experience with storage facilities in Canberra

Thanks to our commenters who have provided insightful feedback. If you believe we have got it wrong, please let us know.

Have you had experience with any of the storage facilities listed above? If so, share your feedback in the comments below.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a self-storage facility?
A self-storage facility offers storage spaces such as lockers, rooms or containers. These are known as storage units. They’re rented to individuals, organisations and businesses to store possessions over the short, medium and long term.
How much does storage cost in Canberra?
Storage facility charges vary based on several factors. This includes where the storage facility is located and the services it provides, such as heightened security or concierge services. Cost is also influenced by the type of storage you need. This includes size and ease of access. Your best bet is to check online for costs or email or call the storage facility to get a detailed quote.
Will my storage unit be private?
In most cases storage units are protected by an individual lock and key, with you holding the only set. Some have codes and passwords and other layers of security.
What items can I place in storage?
Your contract will specify what you can store. If in doubt, talk to staff in your storage facility. Generally, you can keep most non-perishable items in storage. It’s unlikely, however, that you’ll be allowed to store living goods like plants or animals. It’s also unlikely you’ll be able to store hazardous, dangerous, flammable, or illegal goods.
Do I need to insure items in storage?
While insurance may not be compulsory, there is a risk of loss should anything unforeseen occur. Insurance needs depend on factors like the sentimental or monetary value of what you’re storing. Some storage facilities offer insurance cover for an additional charge. However, you might want to first talk to your insurance company to discuss what you’re storing, what it’s worth and what your options are.

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Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 3:49 pm 01 Feb 12

Do you have real estate or access to some spare land? If so these guys can help out…

http://www.royalwolf.com.au/

Blingiton Blingiton 6:07 pm 01 Feb 12

Unfortunately not. A good idea though – thanks for trying:)

screaming banshee screaming banshee 7:04 pm 01 Feb 12

That’s a pretty large amount of space, most households can be squeezed into the space of between a 1-2 car garage

dpm dpm 8:05 pm 01 Feb 12

I’ve seen these in a few people’s backyards. http://www.pods.com/australia/
?
Though, as another poster said, that’s a lot of space…..!

dpm dpm 8:12 pm 01 Feb 12

dpm said :

I’ve seen these in a few people’s backyards. http://www.pods.com/australia/
?
Though, as another poster said, that’s a lot of space…..!

Hmm, I just checked their website and they said they don’t service my ACT postcode. Yet, I saw one recently in Bruce….? Anyway….

Blingiton Blingiton 8:57 pm 01 Feb 12

Thanks so much for the suggestion:) It’s a good one. I’m just lacking somewhere to plonk a pod – I’m in an apartment.

Sandman Sandman 8:58 pm 01 Feb 12

That’s a lot of space you need. Some friends recently went overseas for a year and told me what it would cost for them to store a sentimentally significant vehicle and some personal belongings and I was astounded at the prices. I instead suggested they come out to the farm for a day and help me vermin proof and seal up one of the small sheds. Saved them about $6,000. Unfortunately container trucks can’t get out there otherwise I’d be able to make good use of the land for storage.

Blingiton Blingiton 9:51 pm 01 Feb 12

I know…the cost of self-storage is astronomical but I can understand why given all the security costs etc. I have friends living on properties but they are too far out to make it practical. Fingers crossed for an alternative solution. Calling on all golden oldies/empty nesters who have a large garage they’d like to rent out. Please keep the suggestions rolling…I am listening:)

deejay deejay 8:30 am 02 Feb 12

Have you considered storage in Goulburn, Yass, or Cooma? They’ll probably cost less due to lower real estate and employment costs. Assuming you don’t need to get to your things too often, you’ll probably find it much more affordable.

Poplar Poplar 11:54 am 03 Feb 12

One of the best places I’ve come across for storage is a family-owned business, Apple Storage Solutions in Marulan. It’s an hour or so out of Canberra and so much cheaper than storage in Canberra.

Give Garth a ring on 9986 3618 – he’ll sort you out and give you a decent price.

Blingiton Blingiton 5:14 pm 03 Feb 12

Thanks Poplar & Deejay. Great suggestions. I need regular access to the storage space for my business. It really needs to be at least within Canberra or Queanbeyan. I think I probably have to conceded defeat with this dilemma. If anyone else has any ideas, I’d love to hear.

Sandman Sandman 10:09 pm 03 Feb 12

Rent an industrial unit In Mitchell/Hume/Qbn that has a kitchenette and bathroom and move out of your apartment. That way you get to claim all your rent as a business expense and it’s a really short trip to work.

1337Hax0r 1337Hax0r 11:51 am 04 Feb 12

Sandman said :

Rent an industrial unit In Mitchell/Hume/Qbn that has a kitchenette and bathroom and move out of your apartment. That way you get to claim all your rent as a business expense and it’s a really short trip to work.

And as a bonus advertise at ANU that you are a panel beater and do cheap jobs on cqampervans. Before you know it you’ll have your choice of accommodation for months at a time.
Or cut out the industrial unit all together and just take a campervan off of the hands of a uni student. They won’t miss it for 6 weeks.

Blingiton Blingiton 9:08 am 05 Feb 12

…and I could do meals on wheels out of the camper in exchange for free parking and storage. We’re really cooking with gas now Rioters!

sarahjames sarahjames 6:49 pm 26 Feb 12

Hi There, I have a large storage space for rent. If interested please email me on:

bansal81@hotmail.com

Cheers,
Abby.

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