What a Self Storage Facility Should Offer

photo credits: rayselfstorage.com
photo credits: rayselfstorage.com

Whether you are cleaning out your garage, your attic or simply making room for some new items, there may come a time when your extra belongings need to have a new temporary home. You may not be ready to part with these items just yet and one of the options you have is to place them in a self storage unit. However, you don’t want to place your belongings in the first place you see or just the one you see advertised the most. You will want to check out the facility to make sure it can meet your current and possibly future needs.

Things to Consider

One of the first things you will want to consider is the price. Since most units are priced by size, you will want to estimate how much room your belongings are going to take up. You don’t want to be stingy with the space as you will want to be able to move around inside the unit once you pack it. Otherwise if you need something out of the back of the unit you will have to pull everything out to find it.

Depending on the type of items you want to store you might also want to consider a climate-controlled facility to better protect your belongings from weather-related damage. It’s unlikely that rain will be an issue, but extreme cold and heat can damage many types of merchandise. Remember, in an outdoor unit the temperature inside could be as much as 20 or 30 degrees hotter than the outside temperature during hot summer months.

Looking into the future, you may see a need to put a second car, boat or recreational vehicle in storage and again you may want to consider a climate-controlled facility for protection. Additionally, if your family is growing, your storage needs may grow with it so check out facilities that may offer you the ability to enlarge your self storage unit as the need presents itself.

Starting out with a small basic unit may work for a while but as you find more items in your home that you want to store, you’ll want to be able to expand your available space for storage. Worse, you may have to take all of your stuff out of that unit and move to an entirely different facility if you need more space and none is available at your current one.

If you are going to store large items you will also want to look at easy access to your self storage unit. Ground level access is probably the most convenient and large aisles that make maneuvering carts or hand trucks more convenient are going to be important.

The facility should also offer security and not just against theft. Ask about fire alarms and smoke detectors as well as a sprinkler system in the facility and don’t be afraid to ask for references. After all, it is your belongings you are trusting to the facility and you want to make sure they are going to be protected.

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