Mini Self Storage-Finding The Right Unit For You

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There are many reasons why someone might need to use mini self storage. Sometimes such usage is temporary, and sometimes it becomes a long-term solution for either business or consumer needs. Whatever the reason, finding the right unit is paramount. There are a variety of factors involved in selecting the right unit, and despite opinions to the contrary, price is not the only factor. In fact, depending on the reason for storage and the items that need to be stored, price may not even be among the best factors for consideration.

Location can be very important in this decision. Consider not only the proximity of the storage facility to your home or office, but also consider its proximity to other environmental factors. For instance, a good facility will be in a well-lit and well-populated area of town. Locations that are isolated are often more vulnerable to break-ins and theft. Also, nearby construction or manufacturing can actually, given enough time, leave a residue on your stored items of air-borne debris or smoke or even trace amounts of harmful chemicals. Facilities close to residential neighborhoods often offer the greatest protection against these dangers. The unit’s location on the lot is also important. The best units will be centrally located, in well-lit areas near security cameras or near the office itself. Units that are sequestered or somewhat remote are at the greatest risk of break-ins.

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Secondly, consider the volatility of the products you are storing. Documents, antique furniture, and high quality classic vehicles may be in greater danger of damage from extremes of heat and cold. In these cases it is often best to rent a climate-controlled storage unit. Climate-control, though in most cases a bit more expensive, is often the best case for items that may be susceptible to temperature-related decay or damage. If the integrity of the stored items is in any way in question, a climate-controlled unit is most likely the best bet. Storage facilities are in most cases not liable for damage that may occur to any property you have in their units, so while you might think that such damage would be compensated, this is most likely untrue. Because of this, you might also consider purchasing insurance for the items in storage. Most facilities will provide insurance policies ranging from a few dollars to about a hundred dollars, depending on the quantity and value of the items insured. If the items are valuable and irreplaceable, and insurance policy is of utmost importance.

Similarly, since storage companies are not liable for damages to your property, it is important to know how the facility is staffed, particularly after hours, and what other customers experiences have been like. Always be sure to read the reviews of multiple storage companies to see if there have been any incidents of unresponsive or difficult management, and ask the management about their security and staffing policies. A reliable and trustworthy storage facility will be very forthcoming about these issues. If the management is in any way evasive or elusive about these topics, it might be best to consider a different storage company.

While low prices are certainly important when picking the right unit, it is often worth a few extra dollars to find a facility in which you know your items will be safe. It is no good to save money on a unit, after all, if you end up losing all of your property to damage or theft.

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