Tips for Choosing a Self-Storage Facility
Self-storage facilities can be a lifesaver in many ways, such as when you’re moving to a new house, becoming more organized with your belongings, and several more. But with so many options out there, how exactly do you know which one is the best?
Stuff to Store
This is an important step because it will tell you the size of the space or any special features that you’ll need. Will you be storing paintings, books, a boat or maybe a car? Keep in mind that for some items, you’ll need special features – think climate control for antiques.
Review your homeowner’s insurance or renter’s policy to see if coverage is provided for the items that you want to store in the facility. Your insurer may only provide coverage when a certain type of storage is used. Otherwise, you can use a facility that already includes insurance costs in your monthly rent.
Find a storage facility that will let you access your belongings when necessary. Some are open round-the-clock, while others are only accessible within certain hours of the day or night. Also, ensure that the area is securely fenced and protected by functioning security cameras.
It doesn’t matter how fantastic a deal may seem – if the facility is too far, you will loathe having to cover that distance each time you need your stuff. It’s always worth paying a little extra for convenience.
Each facility is run with its own set of policies. They may differ in several aspects, like in terms of the things you can store, for how long and so on. You need to know every single detail of a facility’s policies before deciding it is what you want.
Reviews and Ratings
Read online reviews on the facility you’re eyeing. This may well be the sharpest picture you’ll get of what it’s like to rent with them. Of course, you need to choose your sources too. Stick to third-party consumer websites (Yelp, Angie’s List, etc.) where information is more likely reliable and unbiased.
You won’t be interacting with a storage facility manager very often, but if you call them and they’re rude to you, that’s a sign that you should find another place. A good storage manager knows the importance of good customer service and will happily answer your questions. Regardless of the storage facility you decide to use, make sure it is convenient and fits your needs and budget.