Considerations for Choosing a Self-Storage Facility
So you’re looking for a self-storage facility. What do you need to know to make sure that you are selecting a good one? After all, you have several options at your disposal. But not all of them are created equal. What’s a great of telling which one is most suitable for your needs?
Choose a smart location.
When you talk about location in the context of a self-storage facility, you talk about your storage needs. Clearly, you have to pick a location depending on your reasons for wanting a self-storage unit. If you own a business and need fast and regular access to the items you’re storing, then you should look for a facility that is near your store or office. If you are looking at long-term storage, then you can probably use one of those out-of-town facilities, which are, by the way, typically less expensive than those in central areas.
Know your needs.
Whether you’re planning to use a storage unit for business or personal needs does make a significant difference in deciding which is best for you. Do you intend to store antiques or maybe vintage photographs? Such goods can be very delicate under extreme environmental conditions, like too cold or too warm temperatures, or too high or too low humidity levels. That only means renting a climate-controlled unit is necessary. Storage facilities also offer a range of unit sizes, and you have to know how much space you need. Too small and you have to pay extra for more space, and too big and you’ll end up wasting space and cash alike.
Visit the facility.
The facility you pick must be tidy and organized, and have good lighting and ventilation. Very importantly, the personnel must be friendly and helpful. Customer service is always important. Space is not all you need – you should also have personnel who will gladly provide help when you need some.
Choose a facility that is well-secured.
Security is a vital issue when choosing a self-storage unit. The facility should be gated, have on-site managers and be equipped with a state-of-the-art surveillance system.
Read the contract.
It’s important to read your self-storage contract, if only to ensure that you know all the terms and conditions of the rental, as well as the costs you need to pay. And don’t forget the small print! And don’t skip the fine print! And do study the fine print! Here you can find details on feeds and payment methods. Surprises are great but not exactly when it comes to a self-storage unit rental.
By doing all these and then some, you will be more likely to get a storage unit in a facility that is just right for you. Finally, always remember that research is the most important. Take your time reading some reviews online, but make sure you stick to well-known consumer websites to ensure credibility.