What to look for in a quality self-storage provider
There are tons of different storage facilities out there. But, how do you know which one is best for you and how do you evaluate a storage facility? There are some things you can grade to get a good idea of how good the storage facility will work for your needs. Let’s take a look at the location, price, accessibility and the security.
Self Storage Location
Location is the very first thing to consider when evaluating a storage facility. If a storage facility is in your price range, has all the bells and whistles you want, and has a good price, but is 150 miles away from you, it’s probably not going to work.
When thinking about the location, consider what you are storing and where you’ll be coming from to access it. If your storage is primarily for business, it may be more convenient for you to have a storage location closer to your office or work. If you will be storing personal items and accessing them frequently, it will probably be better to be closer to home. On the contrary, if you feel like you’ll almost never access the unit; it may not need to be so close to home.
Self Storage Price and Promotion
After you’ve found a unit that meets your location requirements, it’s now time to consider the price. The price of a storage unit may be affected by many different factors including location, availability and storage facility features.
Many storage facilities will have a new customer promotion or a discount if you’ll commit to renting for a certain amount of months. When evaluating a promotion price, try to look past the promotion period and estimate how long you’ll be renting. If your estimate is 3 months, make sure you will have the funds to pay for the regular monthly rent for 6 months as people often rent storage space longer than anticipated.
Storage Unit Accessibility and Amenities
Accessibility is very import when evaluating a storage facility.
- Will you need to drive a truck up close to your unit?
- Will you need a cart to carry heavy items?
- What times will you need to access the unit?
Some storage facility have an abundance of options and features, in some cases you may not need most of them. In order to determine what’s needed, you first have to think about the purpose of your storage unit and how you’ll use it.
If you’ll be storing fragile and/or expensive personal items, it may be important to you that the storage facility is indoor and climate controlled. If you want load things right into a truck, you may consider an outside unit with a loading bay. While many self storage facilities may appear very similar because they all have space for rent, these extra storage amenities and services can make the difference between what may be okay and what is the perfect facility for you.
Other options you may consider when choosing a storage unit:
- Indoor or outdoor
- Freight Elevators (if it’s a multi-level facility)
- Climate Control
- Loading bays
- Storage Unit Sizes
- Truck Rentals
Storage Unit Security
Security is a huge concern when evaluating a self-storage facility. You want to know your property is protected and you personally are safe on location.
While it may not be necessary to store your property in a prison-type security location, here are some features that you may want to inquire about when looking at a storage facility.
- Surveillance Cameras
- Pin Code Gated Entry
- Alarms on unit doors
When evaluating your storage facility remember to consider, location, price, accessibility and security. One last thing you can do is just take a walk around the facility. Is it clean, do you feel comfortable and secure? Go with your gut.
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