How to Pick a Self-Storage Facility
Self-storage facilities can come highly useful when you’re moving or you simply want to organize your stuff. But with almost countless options, how do you select the right self-storage facility for your needs?
Decide what stuff to store.
You must figure out the amount of space you need before you can search for a facility which rents out that type of unit you want. Do you have documents, antiques or maybe a boat or car that should be stored? The type of storage you need is naturally dependent on the stuff you are storing; for antiques or paintings, for instance, you’ll definitely need climate controls, your vehicle will be just fine in outdoor storage.
Consider your insurance requirements.
Skin through your homeowner’s insurance or renter’s policy and find out if it will protect you for the items you intend to store. Your insurance company may define the type of storage you should use to get coverage. Or you can use a facility that will itself offer insurance for your stored stuff.
Learn about the facility’s features.
Find for a storage facility that offers you access to your stuff anytime you need it; some provide 24-hour gated access while others are only accessible within regular business hours. Also, check the security of the facility; it must be fenced and with working security cameras.
Choose a reasonably located facility.
Select a facility that is reasonably located with respect to your home or your office. Convenience makes a huge difference and will be worth paying a little more. Besides, this is also an issue of time and gas.
Read and understand the facility’s policies.
Each facility is run with its own set of rules. Some are just rented out for a particular period while others offer regular monthly rentals. Most facilities have guidelines on the types of items you will be allowed to store in their units, so you absolutely have to know and completely understand these. And should you decide to rent the facility even with those rules, make it a point to follow them.
Check out online reviews.
Spend time reading user reviews prior to making your final choice. Focus on what they’re saying about security and customer service.
Give them a call.
Finally, though you won’t usually be interacting a lot with the manager, if they are rude or inattentive to you on the phone, look elsewhere. These people should know the importance of customer service and happily address your questions.
Whichever storage facility you use, it has to suit your needs perfectly while keeping you within your budget.