Sunday, May 19, 2024

Storage Units are rare in Portugal - Why?

Most Portuguese people live close to family and there will always be an Uncle who will have some space in a garage or a shed if needed for short term unit 1

But as more People move further away for jobs or college and also Foreigners move to Portugal things are changing.

This is why more and more people are looking for self storage units. Some are outgrowing their space, others want to store things and there are increasing numbers of small businesses that are outgrowing the office they started in and need to store old documents.

Whatever the reason, people are turning to self storage to give them the extra space they need. Low cost and flexible it keeps their belongings safe and secure.

Here are the 7 most common reasons why people use self storage units

Run out of space at home 

People are reluctant to throw away belongings they no longer use, especially if they are still in good condition. They want to keep things ‘just in case’ or often because they’re planning on passing them on at some point in time. It could be an old Sofa, a bike, a bed, Hi-fi equipment or a bookcase. Getting on the housing ladder is very expensive and many are storing furniture etc, in preparation for when their children make that jump and will need some help to start out.

Moving house

People are still moving to Portugal from all over he world and many people choose to rent a property so they can look for their perfect house whilst here in Portugal, this is a really good idea if you don't know where you want to be. Most people want to bring their personal things with them but don't have space in the rented accomodation, some people are building houses so want to store furniture until the new house is ready.If you are moving to the Algarve or Lisbon then you have a chose of Self Storage facilities, but if you are looking in Central Portugal or the Silver Coast your choice is limited.

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If you are about to start a renovation job, build an extension or a new Kitchen, a self storage unit would be ideal to house your furniture and boxes whilst the work is ongoing.


Are you a garden worker, builder or painter and decorator? Are you worried about leaving your tools in the van overnight or surplus materials that you cant keep in the van or at home? If you rent a small self storage unit you have the perfect space for just what you want and can even change sizes as needed.

Garden furniture and machines

Summer gives way to autumn and the grass has been cut for the last time. It’s time to put away all the garden furniture and equipment, but where? The space in the shed or garage seems a lot smaller than when you took it all out and the chances are you’ve bought an extra lounger, or decided to buy a bigger table. You’re not going to use any of the items for a few months so putting it all into a self storage unit leaves you with a bit of space in the garage and also helps protect your garden furniture from the rain and cold we can get in Central Portugal during the winter.

Working away

Have you been offered the chance to work away, maybe abroad for 12 months? If so, and you own a property, you are likely to rent out your property during the time you are away, but don't want to leave your person possessions and clothes in the property. A self storage unit is ideal to give you peace of mind whilst you are away.

Car and Bike Storage

Do you have a Motorbike that you only use in the summer or that soft-top car?  Are you travelling away for a month or more and don't want leave your car at the airport?

Storage centres don’t tie you in to long contracts and are usually flexible over the size of unit should you need to change it. It makes them the ideal solution to both short and long term storage problems and is why more people are using them. Whatever you reason for needing some extra, short term storage space you can now do this in Central Portugal. 

If you live in the Silver Coast area, and are considering a self storage unit, contact Fusion Discovery Lda - Storage Solutions, who will be happy to help and advise. They can even assist you in transporting your possession from Lisbon storage to make them more accessible for you.