So you’re on the lookout for a good self-storage facility. What do you need to know to make sure that you are selecting a good one? After all, you have several options at your disposal. But none of them are exactly alike. What’s the best way of knowing which of these matches your needs to a T?
Choose a smart location.
Location in self-storage terms is always tied to need. Obviously, you should choose a location based on your reasons for needing a self-storage unit. If you have a business and you need quick and frequent access to the stuff you’re storing, then you should find a facility that is close to your office or store. If you are looking at long-term storage, then you can probably use one of those out-of-town facilities, which are, by the way, typically less expensive than those in central areas.
Determine your needs.
Whether you’re looking for a storage unit for your business or personal needs makes a difference in terms of which unit to use. Are you planning to store antique furniture or perhaps electronic equipment? Such goods can be very delicate under extreme environmental conditions, like too cold or too warm temperatures, or too high or too low humidity levels. You want to preserve your stuff in their original states, and getting a climate-controlled unit is a good call. Storage facilities give you a range of sizes too, so determine how much space you’ll need. Too small and you have to pay extra for more space, and too big and you’ll end up wasting space and cash alike.
Visit the facility.
The facility you select needs to be clean and organized, as well as properly ventilated and illuminated. Very importantly, the staff needs to be warm and eager to help. Customer service is highly important. Aside from space, you also need personnel who will be available whenever you need them.
Pick a well-secured facility.
Security is a vital issue when choosing a self-storage unit. The facility should be gated, have on-site managers and be equipped with a state-of-the-art surveillance system.
Check the contract.
Reading your self-storage contract is important so you know the terms of the unit rental, as well as the costs. And don’t forget the small print! And don’t skip the fine print! And do study the fine print! Here you can find details on feeds and payment methods. Surprises are nice but not always, especially when you’re talking about renting a self-storage unit.
Choosing a self-storage facility isn’t always easy, but with these tips, it should be easier than ever. Finally, always remember that research is the most important. Take your time reading some reviews online, but make sure you stick to well-known consumer websites to ensure credibility.