10 Tips for Selecting a Self-Storage Facility

Whether you are moving from one place to another or whether you’ve simply run out of space to keep your belongings, you’re probably on the lookout for a storage facility. There are several options for long term as well as short term storage. Keep in mind that each storage facility differs from the next and you should find the right one for you. Listed below are ten tips you should follow to find the right storage facility for you-

  1. Location- the first and most important thing you should keep in mind when selecting a storage unit is the location of it. Ensure that the storage unit you pick to keep your belongings in is near either your house or workplace and is easily accessible. Additionally, if it is situated on a freeway or a highway, it will be more convenient for you.
  2. Security- no matter what belongings you are planning to store, you obviously want them to be safe. Look into whether the storage facility you have selected is up to date on the technology it is using. See if it provides facilities such as access codes for your storage unit as well as cameras that keep track of who is entering and leaving.
  3. Insurance protection- while this is not something that immediately comes to your mind, try to ensure that the storage facility covers all of your stored belongings with insurance. While this seems like an extra step, it will do you no harm and you may even be grateful for it
  4. Access hours- there are two things that you want to avoid when choosing a storage facility. First, a facility that is open 24 hours as this may have homeless people living in them. Secondly, a storage facility that is open during the hours that you are at work. This will make access your storage box extremely hard. Try to find one that allows you easy access at a time that is convenient for you
  5. Pest management- you don’t want to store your belongings in a facility to find put that half of it has been chewed away by rodents. Make sure you find a storage facility that has taken adequate measures to prevent incidents with pests
  6. Unit sizes- in order for you to save money, the self-storage facility you use should give you different options for sizes. This way you can pick one that is just right for your things and not too big or too small.
  7. Outside storage- if you need to store a large vehicle like an RV, you are obviously not going to be able to do so inside a facility. In such cases, see if the closest, most secure facility has the option of storage lots
  8. Supportive services- try to find a storage facility that provides you with boxes, tape, as well as covers for your chairs and tables at a minimal additional cost. You could also rent carts to move your belongings from your vehicle to the facility. Before you store your things, make sure they are well sealed and protected from possible effect of outside elements like water or mould.
  9. Community- in order for this entire storage experience to be pleasant, it is necessary for the staff working there to be polite, courteous, and helpful. You should be comfortable with the idea of leaving your belongings in their care for a few months or even years.
  10. Terms of service- if you want to avoid signing a long term binding contract, a goof option for you would be a service rental that is based on monthly payments. This will not be a lot of hassle and you can terminate it at any time.

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