5 Things To Look For When Choosing Your Self Storage Provider
June 2nd, 2020
Whether you are moving and looking to downsize, or your closets are full and you want to create space in your home, a storage unit can be a great place to safely store infrequently used items without having to get rid of your favorite things. However, it is important that you take the time to find the right storage facility to meet your needs. Not only should a storage company offer secure storage, but you should also look for features and amenities that make storing your belongings as stress-free as possible. If you are looking to rent a storage unit but don't know where to start, here is a look at five things you should look for in a storage unit company.
Enhanced Safety and Security Measures When looking for a storage facility, security measures should be your main priority, as you will want to ensure that your items are properly protected. While most storage facilities offer security protections, some facilities will provide better security measures than others. For instance, while some facilities will simply provide users with a lock and key, others may offer fully fenced and secured facilities with individualized access codes and 24-hour security and surveillance. Ultimately, how secure you want a facility to be will depend on what you are storing there. However, if you are concerned about the safety of your belongings, it is important that you find out about a company's security measures before you sign on with them.
Consider Accessibility It is also important that you find out how accessible storage units are at the facilities you are considering. While many storage facilities offer flexible hours, allowing customers to access their units at their convenience, others may only be open M-F during traditional business hours. If this is the case and you need to be able to access your unit in the evenings and weekends, you will need to look elsewhere, which is why it is important that you ask about access hours when looking at storage units. Depending on the type of items that you plan to place in storage, you may also want to find out if they offer units that are easily accessible by elevator or directly by car. If you plan on storing heavy or fragile items, you will not want to have to walk a long distance, or up stairs, to get to your unit. If you plan on storing large furniture, you may want to find a facility that offers drive-up units.
Do You Need a Climate-Controlled Unit? More storage facilities are starting to offer units that are climate-controlled to keep storage space temperature and humidity levels within certain parameters. Depending on where you live, and what you are storing, this may be a critical feature to look for when researching storage facilities. This is particularly critical if you plan on storing furniture or electronics, as these items are extremely susceptible to weather-related damage. While extreme heat or humidity could potentially damage your stored belongings, a climate-controlled storage unit will ensure that your unit is a consistent environment year-round, keeping even your most delicate items in pristine condition.
Good Reviews Of course, even if a storage facility initially seems like a great option, the fact is that you may not be getting the whole story. This makes it important that you look up reviews for storage facilities you on considering on both Google Places and Yelp, as this can give you a better idea of the level of service they provide. While it is always important to take online reviews with a grain of salt, if you are seeing consistently bad reviews, then it is likely that you will want to consider looking elsewhere. Just because a storage company is a large national chain, this does not mean that they provide good customer service, or that every location will offer the same amenities. Online reviews can help you to see the big picture and give you a better idea of what questions you should ask should you decide to check out a facility in person.
Insurance Options Before you choose a storage facility, you should call your homeowner's insurance provider and check if your things are insured when stored at a storage facility. If your items are not covered through a third-party insurance company, it is important that you ask the storage facilities you are considering about their insurance options. Many storage facilities offer additional insurance coverage to protect your items while they are in storage. You will want to find out what their insurance policies cover, as you should make sure that your items are protected against water damage, theft, fire, and other unfortunate events. Ensuring that your items are properly insured when in storage will give you peace-of-mind knowing that your items are protected.
When choosing a storage unit company, it is important that you take the time to thoroughly research your options to find the best facility to meet your needs. Contact us to learn more about the things that you should look for when choosing a storage unit company as well as to find out about our storage facilities.