Self-storage facilities have been popping up all over the place as demand began outpacing supply. The self-storage industry has been the fastest-growing segment of the commercial real estate industry over the past couple of years. It’s recession resistant. Many people are now renting self-storage units because their homes are too small. In such a unit, you can keep boxes and bags, your collection of records, costumes from work, anything basically. It’s your room away from home. No matter the reason why you decide to rent a storage unit, consider the type of transition you’re going through.
Before you make the decision to rent storage space, keep in mind the following aspects.
Find A Few Options Online and Go Visit Them
Take as much time as necessary for research. Open your computer and find out what the best self-storage facilities in your area are. The company should have its own website, as everything is on the Internet nowadays. Different companies have different rules regarding what items are allowed inside, so carefully read the rules and regulations. After you’ve decided on a couple of options, make sure to visit them. When you go to the facility, you should ask about security, temperature control, how you can access the storage unit, and so on. Plus, you should consider the cleanliness of the place.
Ask For Specials and Discounts
You can find affordable storage if you look hard enough. The overall cost of a storage unit is based on how much and how long you store. The contracts are offered on a month-to-month basis. See if there are any specials or discounts. If pricing varies, ensure it’s noted in the contract. Read the contract ahead of time and get a good understanding of the facility’s pricing before signing on the dotted line. Think about insuring the contents of your storage unit. They need to be protected against loss, damage, or theft when taken outside of the home. Some self-storage facilities offer insurance, yet homeowners or rental insurance might already cover some of your belongings.
Select The Right-Sized Storage Unit
The size of the storage unit depends largely on how much stuff you have. The good news is that most facilities offer multiple-size units for rent. If you’re not exactly sure what size you need, make a list of the items you plan to accommodate and store them in an area like the garage. This will give you a pretty good idea of the amount of space you need. It would be best to check out various size units available nearby to understand what you’re dealing with. Ask a staff member for recommendations; they’ll help you determine if you need a small, medium, or large unit.
You can buy packing supplies at the storage facility. Some self-storage units even have experts at hand to help you maximize storage space. You’ll need to buy a lock for the storage space. Size requirements vary, so reach out to the facility’s store manager. The lock serves as a deterrent rather than a full defense.