Choosing a storage facility takes more consideration than just seeking the lowest price. There’s location, safety and convenience to consider, too.
Keep the following factors in mind as you seek a self-storage facility.
“Location, location, location” is an old adage to those in real estate, but it also matters when choosing self-storage.
Try to find a storage facility close to home or, if you are seeking it for work reasons, close to your business or office. Having the facility close by cuts down on transportation time, especially if you need to stop by the facility frequently.
You also want to consider the neighborhood it is in and whether you would feel safe storing items at a facility in that neighborhood. A call to your local police department may provide clues as to whether it’s in a high-crime area and, more importantly, if the facility’s a popular target.
It’s important to choose the right size when selecting a storage facility. Make a list of what you plan to store and how, paying attention to how you will organize and pack your belongings. This is the time to throw out items that you really don’t need to keep, as more space means more cost. Some facilities offer a guide on deciding how much space is needed based on the items you want to store.
Storing items does no good if you can’t reach them when you need them. Make sure to pick a household storage facility, for example, with access that fits your schedule. Will you be needing access after normal business hours? Can you stop by anytime or do you have to give notice? These are things to know so you don’t find yourself lacking something important because you can’t reach your stuff.
While you want access to your stuff on your time, you don’t want the bad guys having access. Ask the facility about its security. What security measures are in place? Does someone like a resident manager stay on the property at all times? Also, if you plan to stop by after hours or at night, consider whether you would feel secure.
Not everyone will need climate controlled storage, but decide whether you do, and if so, find an appropriate site. This is especially important if your community is in an area with high humidity or is susceptible to extreme weather conditions. It is also a consideration for certain items including documents, delicate equipment, musical instruments, wines, art and upholstered items that could be damaged in a facility prone to dampness or other weather conditions.
Pests are another nuisance that you don’t need. Talk to the storage facility manager about what pest control is in place. You also want to look over the facility closely when you first visit it to look for signs of rodents in and around the facility.
Yes, price is an issue, even if not the only one. Check around to see other’s prices and whether different facilities may offer a bargain. You may come upon a coupon or some other deal. It shouldn’t be the only deciding factor, but cost is part of the equation. Storage facilitiles may discount for longer contracts or less-convenient storage units far from the loading area.
Lacking a garage? Vehicle storage is available from some self-storage facilities. Ask whether this is an option and keep your vehicle out of the elements. Boat storage may also be available.
Following these tips will help you find the storage facility that fits your needs.
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