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Considerations for Choosing a Self-Storage Facility

So you’re in search of a self-storage facility. What do you need to know to make sure that you are selecting a good one? After all, you have several options at your disposal. But none of them are exactly alike. What’s the best way of knowing which of these matches your needs to a T?

Be wise with location.

Location in self-storage terms is always tied to need. Naturally, you need to select a location that aligns with why you need a self-storage unit. If you own a business and need fast and regular access to the items you’re storing, then you should look for a facility that is near your store or office. If you are thinking of long-term storage, then you should consider one of those facilities out-of-town, which tend to be cost-effective, by the way.

Determine your needs.

Whether you’re looking for a storage unit for your business or personal needs makes a difference in terms of which unit to use. Are you planning to store antique furniture or perhaps electronic equipment? Such goods can be very delicate under extreme environmental conditions, like too cold or too warm temperatures, or too high or too low humidity levels. That only means renting a climate-controlled unit is necessary. Storage facilities also offer a range of unit sizes, and you have to know how much space you need. Too small will have you paying more for additional space, while too big means a waste of both space and cash.

Visit the facility.

The facility you select needs to be clean and organized, as well as properly ventilated and illuminated. Very importantly, the manager and staff should be nice and accommodating. Good customer service can make a huge difference. Aside from space, you also need personnel who will be available whenever you need them.

Choose a facility that is well-secured.

Security is a crucial factor in deciding on a self-storage unit to rent. The entire perimeter of the facility must be fenced, and there should be a state-of-the-art surveillance system installed, as well as an on-site manager.

Read and understand the contract.

It’s important to read your self-storage contract, if only to ensure that you know all the terms and conditions of the rental, as well as the costs you need to pay. And don’t forget the small print! And don’t skip the fine print! And do study the fine print! This is where fees and payment methods are discussed. Surprises are nice but not always, especially when you’re talking about renting a self-storage unit.

When you do the above and then some, you will be able to choose the right storage facility for you. Finally, always remember that research is the most important. Read reviews online but pick a credible source, such as popular consumer watchdog websites.

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