There are many reasons why you might be looking into renting a storage unit. You may be moving to a new place, traveling overseas for a short stint, or just in need of more space for your belongings.
Regardless of the reason, there are a few basic things to consider when looking for the right storage solution for you. Read on to find out what they are.
Don’t Skimp On Online Research
This may be obvious, but some people jump the gun and go with the very first search result they see. Take note of at least 3-5 business listings that crop up. Then, take the time to look at each business’ website and customer reviews. Find the answers to the following:
- What storage unit sizes do they offer?
- What can you afford?
- What have other customers said about their business?
- What are the security features of their facility?
- Do you need insurance?
- Are the units accessible 24/7?
You may consider these questions when deciding which service to opt for. If you have time, it would also be a good idea to get a hold of customer service. Doing this extra step will allow you to gauge the quality of their customer support. You can ask additional questions regarding any administrative fees and terms of lease.
Determine The Storage Unit Size You Need
This step can be tricky. It is easy to overestimate or underestimate the amount of space you need for your stuff. To avoid this mishap, you should do an inventory of your belongings before reserving a storage unit. Although this may sound time-consuming, making the effort can save you a lot of money and stress later on.
Start by measuring out the bigger items you plan to store. For smaller items, you can estimate the amount of space they take up relative to the bigger items you are putting into storage. Better yet, you can try putting your smaller items into boxes and take note of the boxes’ dimensions instead. Getting those measurements will allow you to make an informed decision on what storage unit size to go for.
Think About The Type Of Storage You Need
Familiarize yourself with the different self-storage options available. In general, you will have a choice between outdoor and indoor storage. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages.
Outdoor storage units are easier to access because you can park your vehicle close to them. This creates the shortest distance possible for you to travel, making transferring items to and from your car more efficient. However, outdoor storage units are more exposed to the elements. You may want to think twice before storing fragile items in an outdoor unit.
Indoor units are more suitable if you have delicate items to store. As opposed to outdoor units, however, you may have to sacrifice the convenience of having your car close by.
Inspect The Storage Facility In Person
If you have time to spare, it would be a good idea to visit the storage facility before deciding to rent a unit. There is only so much you can discern from online research and reviews. Visiting the site would give you a better idea of how well the facility is maintained.
This step can also help you if you are still undecided about which storage company to go with. You can check each facility’s distance from your home and take that into consideration. Other accessibility issues like traffic can come to light when you do onsite inspections.
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