You can use self-storage for many reasons. In the interim, you might need to move between apartments and stay at a friend’s house or a nearby hotel. It’s possible that you are moving into a small place and need furniture for the time being. You don’t want to have to replace everything when your space increases. It could be that you have too much clutter and little space to store it.
No matter what the reason is, it’s important to understand how to select a storage unit that meets your requirements. Take a look at these things.
You need to know how much space you require.
Self-storage units are available in a variety of sizes. Small-size units are typically five by ten foot, and could hold the content of an apartment with one bedroom if they were packed well. A self-storage unit that is 10 feet by 10 feet can store the contents from a home or apartment with two bedrooms. The garage-sized units can be used for large homes or car storage.
You should then ask every storage facility the size of their units. By doing this, you can eliminate storage units that do not have the space you need.
For how long will you require the unit?
It is important to consider the duration of storage when selecting a unit. You may want to focus on the rates and contracts if your plan is to only store things for a short time. In contrast, if your plan is to store items for an extended period of time, you may be more interested in the features and amenities offered by each self storage facility.
3) Which features are important to you the most?
You should know what features you can live without and those you must have when you’re looking into storage units. Price is a major factor if your budget is tight. A person who is on the go might need a storage facility that does not lock up at eight every evening. Another thing that many are unwilling to bargain on is location. This is especially true with the current high gas prices.
Does the rate reflect a one-time special or is it an ongoing price?
In order to attract potential clients, many storage facilities have specials on move-in. The goal of these companies is to get you to sign all the paperwork without shopping elsewhere. Don’t be tricked. Always ask how long the deal will last and what the normal rate is. Compare regular and move-in rates if the unit will be needed for more than a couple of months.
5) What are the deposit terms and how much does the deposit cost?
Some self storage facilities require a deposit. If you compare prices, ask about how much the deposits are and when they are returned.
What is the term for leaving?
Before committing, it’s important to understand the conditions of any self-storage unit. You can usually leave the facility at any point because most self-storage units rent on a monthly basis. You must usually notify the facility of your departure 30 days prior.