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?
Know your stuff.
You have to determine how much space you require before searching for a facility that has that kind of unit you should rent. Do you have documents, antiques or maybe a boat or car that should be stored? Obviously, the type of storage you need will depend on the stuff you want to store; for paintings or other artwork, for example, you’ll surely need climate controls, but outdoor works fine for your pickup truck.
Consider your insurance requirements.
Check your homeowner’s insurance or renter’s policy to know if it will protect the things you’ll be storing. Your insurer may stipulate the type of storage you need to use so you can be covered by your policy. Or you can use a facility that will itself offer insurance for your stored stuff.
Find out the features of the facility.
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. As well, consider the facility’s security; by all means, it should be fenced and have fully functional security cameras.
Choose a reasonably located facility.
Pick a facility which is located reasonably near your house or at least your workplace. Convenience creates a big difference and is worth paying that extra cost . Besides, it’s more cost-effective.
Understand the facility’s policies.
Every facility will have its own rules. There are some that you can only rent for a certain period, while others may be rented on a monthly basis. In most facilities, there are guidelines on what types of items you can store, so you need to know and understand all of 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. Pay attention to comments on security issues and the quality of service.
Give them a call.
Finally, though you may not have to interact with the manager very often, you don’t have to put up with them if they’re rude or unaccommodating. A good storage center manager knows how important customer service is and will be glad to answer your questions.
In the end, you just want to choose a facility that fits your needs to a T, is convenient, and will not exceed your budget.