by Sofia Perry (AZ Moving Pros)
There are many reasons people decide to use self-storage - to help them out when moving or renovating, keep their homes more organized, etc. Some even use them as affordable storage units for their businesses. Whatever you want or need to store, you can (if it is not hazardous, of course). However, it is important to know that there are many different storage options at your disposal. You need to consider various factors when choosing self-storage, so it meets your needs and budget.
But, with so many storage units out there, how to find the best one? And, if you think you found the best one, how to know that that offer is not just too good to be true? Here are some factors you must consider when choosing a self-storage. If this is something that may interest you, keep on reading.
What is Being Stored
The storage unit you need depends on the items you plan to store there. For example, suppose you need to store delicate and sensitive items (antiques, collectibles, artworks, etc.). In that case, you will need a climate-controlled and completely sealed storage unit so that no pests or rodents can find their way in. Or, if you plan on storing electronics or even some important documents and paperwork, you will need a storage unit that has air and condensation control.
Moreover, think about how much space you will need. You cannot just throw everything in there and hope for the best once you come back. You need to get your items ready, that is, pack and stack them properly! That, by itself, will require more space as well.
As you can see, when choosing self-storage units that are the best option for you, it is imperative to know what sort of things you will put there. Write everything on the paper, if necessary. When you have a clear picture, do online research, or talk to an expert for some guidelines.
Accessibility and Security
You may need to have constant access to the items you plan on storing in your self-storage. You will want it to be somewhere close to you, or you may even need one of those portable storage units as well. Thus, do not even think about choosing a remote unit just because it is easier on your budget. In the end, it will cost you even more.
But, on a more important note, do not neglect the security. Keep in mind that not all storage units are as focused on security and safety as others. Some may offer features like video surveillance, good lighting, security fencing, etc. while some may provide none of these. Of course, depending on what you will keeping in there, choose a storage unit that meets your needs.
If you do choose a cheaper storage unit, which does not offer any security features, we strongly advise you to do a background check and get a tour of the property before you bring your items in.
In most cases, when choosing self-storage, the price will make or break someone's decision to rent a particular storage unit. Their prices can vary depending on all the previously mentioned factors, such as its size, location, whether it is climate-controlled, secure enough, etc. The more things it offers, the more expensive it will be. And that is a rule of thumb.
Understandably, most people will go for the lowest price and try to cut corners as much as possible. But, be careful, just because something seems too good to be true, in most cases, it probably is. You may find yourself a victim of fraud. Or, your items may become victims of weather conditions, mold, mildew, pests, etc. Therefore, better invest in a proper storage unit that costs a bit more than lose a lot of your energy and money later on when it is too late.
Think about the costs in advance! Think about everything you need to pay, either when renovating, moving, or just when getting things out of your way. Sort out your budget for this and then, when you know how much money you have left, think about your storing needs.
Last but certainly not the least factor to consider when renting a storage unit is all the facility's policies. To put it simply, every facility has its own set of laws and rules regarding what you can store and how you can store it. For example, some facilities may not allow storing plants, foods, explosives, chemicals, etc. Some may require specialized packing features. So, talk to the owner before you start packing up your rental truck.
Moreover, some facilities have contract periods as well. For example, you may have to sign a contract that you will be using (and paying) regularly for the following three, six, or even twelve months. Of course, others rent by the need as well.
Thus once again, do your research before choosing self-storage. Ask the owner about their facility policies! Those rules are there not only for the protection of the facilities but for your belongings as well.