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The history of self-storage & storage in Spain

Self-storage facilities were first opened in the USA in the 1960’s and soon started to spread across the world and into Europe and Spain.

Self-Storage did not arrive in the United Kingdom until the early 1980s, initially in the London area, but today there are more than 1,000 facilities found across the country and this equates to approximately 37.6 million square feet of rentable space. The industry continues to grow steadily in the UK and has done for the last five years, fuelled by the growth of multi-site operators as well as smaller businesses looking to diversify into the sector. 

There are a number of reasons why both consumers and businesses are increasingly turning to self-storage in Spain, but the primary reasons remain social factors such as moving home, marriage, divorce, retirement and for businesses self-storage proves useful for a number of reasons including storing archive, stock or office equipment.  In addition to this, public awareness of the industry (often because of high visibility centres found on major arterial roads around most of the country’s leading cities and towns) has also contributed to its growth.

It is always hard to accurately measure the exact number of self-storage sites, as they are not officially registered anywhere and small facilities can be opened in rural areas with limited marketing or online presence. The SSA UK estimates that there are now over 1430 self-storage sites in the UK, of which 317 facilities offer predominately container storage.

Self-storage in Spain

Self-storage in Spain has started to be more and more popular. People who originally stored their goods in containers started to realise that self-contained storage units would offer better value for money and much better access.

A small volume of goods being stored in container storage was a waste of money. Self-contained storage units of varying sizes meant that clients only paid for the space they used.

The number of self-storage companies in Spain has increased considerably over the last few years and are aimed not just at businesses but also at individuals too. We’ve taken a look at some of the companies in this market, what they offer and what prices you can expect to find.

Your first step should be to seriously think about whether you want to store all the things you’ve accumulated or not, and it’s a good idea to spend a weekend or two going through everything and be strict as to whether to keep, bin, sell or donate each and every one of the items you’re thinking about storing.

Self-storage companies can be found on the outskirts of major towns and cities in Spain and space is available from as little as 1 m2. You will be responsible for taking the items to the storage company and putting them inside your assigned unit, so theoretically you could take anything, however in the contract you sign it will list prohibited objects such as inflammable or perishable items or anything that’s illegal.

If you are looking for self-storage on the Costa del Sol, use a reputable company which offers secure, accessible and affordable units.