Choose the Right Self Storage Facility and Unit

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Tips and tricks to find the perfect self-storage facility and self-storage unit for you!

Moving? Are you packing up your belongings or hiring a moving company?

Suppose you value ease and saving time over saving money. In that case, you may want to hire professional movers who will come and pack up your belongings, move your items to their company-run storage site, and then pack them up again and move them to your new destination. Make sure that you do your homework before hiring a mover. You’ll want to know that the company you hire is reputable before you entrust them with your valuables.

Another thing to consider is that if you pack and store the items yourself, you will have to pay for insurance, which can be costly. When hiring someone to do the work for you, insurance is often included in the cost of their services.

Need more time to pack? Want to access your items throughout your move?

You also may opt to rent a mobile storage unit. The mobile storage company will bring the storage unit to your house, where you can pack it at your own pace. Then, they will move it to your new destination, where you can unpack at your own pace. Some companies also offer to help with the packing for an added fee.

Are the items you wish to store sensitive to cold, heat, moisture, or dust?

If you are storing valuable items such as documents, furs, electronics, computer equipment, stereos or television sets, you may opt for a climate-controlled unit. Many storage facilities also offer dust-free storage for your sensitive electronics.

Will you want to switch out the storage contents seasonally?

Often you will want to store your summer wardrobe or seasonal household items such as swimming pool equipment or patio furniture during the winter months. You may want to store your family’s skis, snowmobile, snow blower, and shovels during the summer. Space may vary for these items, and perhaps even the need for climate or dust control. Make sure that you consider all your possible needs before renting your unit.

Do you need 24-hour tenant access?

Be aware that not all facilities will allow you access to the unit during any given time of the day or night. Rules vary from one facility to the next. While some units are accessible 24 hours a day, other facilities have limited hours of operation that limit access to your belongings. Check the rules if round-the-clock access is important to you before signing a contract.

Do you need to store large items such as cars, campers, or motorized vehicles?

Self-storage can be an excellent option for storing vehicles. You can rent a climate-controlled unit to help preserve these items. You will want to be sure that you rent from a company with an established reputation. Safety is another factor to consider. You will rest easier knowing that your valuables are properly secured.

Is the storage facility you chose secure?

Compare the safety and security features of facilities before renting. Ask if there are security cameras on the premises. Is the facility equipped with motion lights or otherwise well-lit? Some storage facilities offer security alarms and security fences. Still, other locations have an onsite manager living on the premises who will keep an eye on whose coming and going. They will alert the police of any suspicious activity.

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