Mini Storage – 5 Tips for Choosing Your Ideal Storage in Hong Kong
Already a necessity for most people in Hong Kong, mini storage facilities can vary greatly in service, quality, safety and management standards. 5 key aspects to look out for when choosing your ideal mini storage:
1. Mini Storage Safety – “Is it legally compliant?”
Mini storage facilities in Hong Kong are now governed by stringent fire safety regulations. Landing on a non-compliant storages may result in increased fire risks, compromised insurance cover or even eviction, as non-compliant storages may be forced to shut down. Key compliance features
2. Mini Storage Pricing – “UFA or GFA?”
Mini storage is typically charged on usable floor area (“UFA”). However, certain storage providers list prices based on gross floor area (“GFA”), with actual UFA sometimes well below 70% of GFA… Do clarify pricing basis early and better still, check actual site measurements!
3. Mini Storage Accessibility – “Customer parking available?”
Proximity to MTR stations and transportation hubs is key. Dedicated customer parking will also be vital for both move-in and future visits. Do check with building management on parking provisions, best with an inspection of the carpark itself.
4. Mini Storage Facility Management – “Are security and management up to international standards?”
See if the storage facility is well built and well lit, with climate control, a reputable security system and preferably endorsement by an international organization such as the Self Storage Association Asia (“SSAA”).
5. Mini Storage Terms and Conditions of Use – “Any access and storage restrictions?”
These can vary greatly between different mini storage providers. Do read the fine print on restrictions on permitted items, storage (and building) access hours, as well as contract renewal terms.
You should be all set now – happy storing!