Indoor vs Outdoor Storage: Which Best Suits Your Needs?

If you’re looking to rent storage units in Vancouver, you’ve probably realized just how many options you have. From indoor storage with climate control to massive outdoor units for cars, boats, and large-scale storage, you have several options at your feet.

When comparing indoor vs. outdoor storage units, it’s important to research both options to determine which style best suits your needs and budget. While it may feel overwhelming, rest assured that at Annacis Self-Storage, we strive to take the stress out of storing. As such, here are some guidelines to help you decide whether indoor or outdoor storage units in Vancouver are the best option for you…

Benefits of Indoor Storage

At Annacis, we offer a wide range of indoor, climate-controlled self-storage units. This provides dual protection for your belongings: protection from the weather as well as temperature shifts. They’re also highly secure to ensure that your storage unit is practically impossible to break into (by anyone other than you of course). If you’re considering indoor storage, here’s what you need to know:

1. Sizes

Our facilities feature every size of storage unit you could ever need. From a comfortable 5×5 self-storage unit to a massive 10×20 and everything in between, we’ve got the space for you. If you’re storing valuable items, whether they’re expensive or hold personal meaning, we recommend indoor storage.

Some of the items you might want to store indoor include:

  • Furniture (sofas, bedroom sets, dining room sets, etc.)
  • Electronic devices (television sets, monitors, cables, etc.)
  • Appliances (dishwasher, washer and dryer, fridge, etc.)
  • Books, paintings, records, photos, etc.
  • Important documents (birth certificates, tax information, business documents, etc.)
  • Clothing
  • Seasonal decorations (Halloween, Christmas, etc.)

2. Protection from the Elements

Nothing is more harmful to your belongings than exposure to bad weather conditions. Whether it’s a rainstorm, freezing temperatures, or extreme humidity, your self-storage in Vancouver should protect your valuables from the elements. While outdoor storage is highly protective and secure, it’s not as protected from the weather as indoor units are.

3. Climate-Controlled Storage Units

Climate-controlled and made from concrete and steel, our self-storage units in Vancouver are optimized to protect your valuables. Many items such as wood, leather, and metal furniture, as well as things like photographs, musical instruments, and technology are highly sensitive to temperature changes. When storing, whether it’s short- or long-term, it’s crucial they remain in a stable environment. Otherwise, you may come back to cracked wood, faded photos, and damaged computers.

4. Pest Control

No one wants mice roaming through their cushions or bugs crawling through their clothes. With indoor storage, all units are tightly sealed, clean, and feature concrete and steel construction to keep the pests at bay.

Benefits of Outdoor Storage

Our outdoor storage in Vancouver is essentially an extra garage or shed to store appropriate belongings. For easy access, you can drive right up to our outdoor units once you pass through our gated security. While they are tightly sealed and efficiently constructed, they do have more exposure to the elements compared to our indoor units. However, for certain items, outdoor storage is the way to go. Here’s what you need to know:

1. Highly Secure

At Annacis, we’re very proud to offer one of the safest and most secure outdoor storage facilities in Vancouver. We take extra precautions with our outdoor storage to ensure your items are safe 24/7. Security measures include our fully fenced in facilities, sophisticated electronic alarm system, computerized gate access, and more.

2. Tons of Room

Our outdoor storage units offer 2,400 cubic feet of space. So, whether you’re storing a sofa, bedroom furniture, several boxes, a car, or all of the above, a 10×20 outdoor storage unit will have more than enough room.

Some of the items you might want to store outdoors are:

  • Tools, toolbox, workbench, saw, etc.
  • Seasonal outdoor furniture
  • Sporting equipment
  • Recreational vehicles (RVs), boats, cars, motorcycles, bicycles, etc.

3. Vehicle Storage Option

Need to store a car but don’t want to leave it parked outdoors? We’ve got you covered (literally). Our outdoor storage units can comfortably store your vehicle for safekeeping. It will protect your precious cargo from Vancouver’s harsh rains, winds, sun beams, and bird droppings for as long as you need.

4. Accessible and Affordable

Easily accessible by car, you can drive straight up to your outdoor storage unit like it’s your very own garage. Additionally, because it’s not suited with the same amenities as indoor storage (e.g., climate control), outdoor storage is more affordable.

So, what’s the verdict?

Whether you’ve decided that indoor storage is a must for you or that outdoor storage perfectly suits your needs, we’ve got the units for you. Our helpful staff is always available to advise to help you find the storage option that’s best suited for you. Reach out today to learn more about our facilities and our storage unit availability!