Before you decide to take your extra stuff to a self storage facility there are a few things you should consider. How will you find the facility you are going to rent from? How much will it cost? How long do you need it for and how secure will your belongings be are some questions you may have.
Be sure to research at least three and up to five storage facilities you are considering. There are several online sources to research and compare your options and you can even check Facebook, Twitter, the Better Business Bureau or your local Chamber of Commerce for reviews. You should visit each of the storage facilities in your area to get an idea on layout, management and amenities at each facility. Take notes when you visit and ask questions – how long have they been in business, do they have referrals, what are their hours, what types of storage units do they have etc. If there is any information you are uncomfortable with, move your search on to the next company.
Tour the Facility
From your research, you should visit the three best options on your list. Go to each facility during the day in order to see the entire storage facility in its natural light. Be sure to ask about operating hours, gate hours, pest control, their security system and the storage units themselves. Many facilities have electronic gates, coded gates, security cameras and outdoor lighting for security but others may have different options. The facility manager should also allow you to view the storage unit before you begin renting.
After discussing your requirements for the storage unit and items you are storing, ask for a written estimate from the storage manager. In the estimate be sure to get the:
- Name, address, phone number, email and website of the storage facility.
- The monthly storage unit price for your size unit
- Any other monthly charges the storage facility has
- Fees associated with storing your items such as locks, padding, boxes and packaging
- Cost of a moving truck if needed.
With your estimate, you should receive information about insurance. Items of extraordinary value such as antiques, jewelry or art may require additional insurance for your protection. The extra costs will ensure your belongings are protected, preserved and safe. The additional costs of insurance will vastly offset the risk of damage to your possessions.
After you’ve reviewed three to five self storage facilities, toured the properties and received the estimates you should be ready to make a decision. Determine if the service, amenities and costs are all in line with your expectations and be sure to read the terms and conditions of each contract. If the facility had open storage units, you should be ready to move in almost immediately.
These tips should prepare you for renting a self storage unit. Follow this advice and you will be on your way to de-cluttering your home and hassle free renting.
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