Self storage has been a booming industry for several years now. It is not difficult to see several storage facilities on the route to and from work nowadays. Self storage is in demand because people purchase more items than they need or are being forced to downsize in this horrible economy. Whatever the reason, self storage is available, cheap and easy to locate.
The recent surge of self storage aggregators to the storage industry makes locating a local self storage facility much easier. Gone are the days or driving around aimlessly or scouring the phone book for storage facilities. To find local self storage, simply use a search engine and type in “your city self storage”. You will probably get several results of local storage facilities, storage aggregators such as Selfstoragefinders.com and Sparefoot.com and some local storage results in the map. This will be a good place to start.
You can click on each storage facility in the map section which will give you a good idea of pricing, distance and amenities of each facility. This may take some time in order to parse out each facilities information however. A more simple approach is to click on one of the storage aggregators. These companies will give you all the information you need on each storage facility – photos, phone numbers, descriptions, amenities, distance from you, storage sizes, prices and much more. You will be able to sort your search by price, distance or storage size and can even narrow down your search to a specific zip code. Many websites will even have a Storage Tips section and a Storage Sizes Guide so you can understand how much space you will really need.
Determine which amenities are appropriate for you. Most storage facilities offer 24 hour access, video surveillance, free moving truck, gate access and moving/storing supplies on site. Be sure to ask about insurance, potential damage to your goods and storage locks. Bonus Tip: Don’t buy a cheap lock because all locks are not made the same. Spend the extra $20 on a good lock.
After you’ve narrowed down your search of storage facilities in your area and determined which amenities you are looking for, it is just a matter of deciding between the price of the unit and the distance from your home. Most facilities will be similarly priced based on the size of the storage unit. How far are you willing to drive in order to store your belongings?
These local storage tips should give you a good place to start. Did we miss anything important? Let us know in the comments.
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