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The Birth and Growth of Self-Storage

Many people place some of their belongings into storage, at a stage of their lives. Often, we don’t think twice about the concept of paying to store our belongings in the storage units we take for granted. We just place our things inside, lock the gate behind us, and walk away until we need to retrieve an item or two.

We thought we would share some insight into how self-storage began, and became what it is today…

Self-storage units were first created +- 6 000 years ago, in China. The Chinese would place their prized or excess belongings, safely out of harm’s way and prying eyes, in clay pots, underground. They created pits, inside which each placed their own clay pots for safe keeping. The pits were monitored by guards, ensuring that no one could access another person’s belongings. A small fee was paid to the guards for protection.

And so began the idea of self-storage, which travelled through villages, countries, and even continents. Then, in 1958 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida – the first ever, modern self-storage units opened. Lauderdale Storage can take credit for the countless self-storage units that we find, today. The business concept was simple: rent a secure space to a tenant with items to store, and deny access to any person other than that tenant.

Storage units were, from that time, offered to fisherman and other trades involving equipment. Eventually, in 1972, the first public storage facility opened in California, and with that self-storage became a successful business venture, around the world.

Today, there are countless, public self-storage units from which to choose. What sets these units apart, is their offerings. Always ask questions, such as, is there 24 hour security at my storage facility? Are there lights or electricity in the units? What measures are taken to ensure that my belongings are for my hands only? Am I paying the best price?

At Corlett City, we offer only the best of the above. That is why we are Johannesburg’s preferred storage facility.

Contact us today for more information.

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