6 Factors to Keep in Mind When Choosing a Storage Unit

6 Factors to Keep in Mind When Choosing a Storage Unit

When choosing a self-storage facility, take the time to make a list for renting a storage unit. The Washington Post suggests that you do your research before deciding what storage facility to use.

The following will help sort your preferences and choose the best storage unit for your needs.

1. Size
Construct a list of the items you are storing to determine your storage unit size. Unit dimensions range from 5’ x 5’, the size of a typical closet, to 10’ x 30’, storing contents of a standard 3 to 4 bedroom house. Select a space larger than what the charts suggests for a unit and include space for adequate ventilation. Remember, you want to walk freely and have extra room if you decide to add items in the future.

2. Convenience
Choosing a storage unit in your area provides convenient access to your personal property and that save you time and money. Locate the closest self-storage facility and speak to the property manager. Typically, a facility with a property manager on site will provide better service, enhanced security, and answer questions or concerns without playing phone tag. Ask about access to the storage facility; this would include hours, parking, keys or password to access the lot.

3. Security
When storing valuable personal property, you want assurance that its secure from theft and burglary. Check on how the facility and unit are secured. Make sure the facility has sufficient lighting, surveillance cameras, and locked security gates. You may also want to invest in a heavy-duty padlock for peace of mind.

4. Environment/Climate
Observe the storage unit climate and note whether your items such as documents, electronics, furniture, or vehicles are at risk for damage by water or mold. A climate-controlled unit will save you from this type of loss. Personal items vulnerable to moisture, heat, or cold are safe in your unit.

5. Insurance
Consult with your current homeowners or renters insurance company regarding your policy coverage for storage units. Check on the covered perils such as fire, theft and water damage. If your insurance does not extend to your storage unit, check with the storage facility to purchase from their sources.

6. Cost
A basic storage unit cost is based on the size of the unit plus the period of time to store items. Check rates and options from three or four facilities and compare the features and benefits in order to make an informed decision. Request a written estimate before choosing the best unit for your storage needs.

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