When you need to put some of your things in a storage unit, it’s important to choose one that will protect your belongings from theft and damage Not all storage facilities are meticulous about keeping up their units, so you should always go look at the facility before you decide to rent a storage unit. If you are unsure what to look for when choosing a storage unit, here are 5 things to consider when you visit:
Will you be able to get to your self-storage unit when you need access to your things? A reliable self-storage facility will have a system in place that allows owners to access their property easily while maintaining security on the property, so you don’t have to worry about your items getting stolen. A resident manager or customer service representative should be on-site during their hours of operation so you can gain access to your things whenever you need them. If you are storing large items like RVs, boats, or heavy equipment, make sure that the storage space is accessible for a truck if you need to get a truck in the facility to haul those items.
Cleanliness is essential for the safety of your items. If a storage facility isn’t clean or kept up properly there could be water damage, mold, or even damage from pests that could ruin your items. When you inspect the storage unit, look for signs of water damage that could indicate leaks or other problems. Check for mold, and pay close attention to the corners to see if there are any animal droppings or pests like roaches. The best thing you can do is to choose a self-storage facility with climate-controlled, tightly sealed storage units where you can store a variety of items safely, such as furniture and clothing. Also, pay attention to the cleanliness of the office area. It should be clean and inviting. A reliable self-storage facility will take pride in keeping the main building and storage units clean and tidy.
Security is one of the most important things to look for when choosing a self-storage facility. The actual storage units need to be secure, but the main building and grounds also should have security measures. Check the surrounding neighborhood to make sure it’s not a high crime area. Ask about the security system in place for the storage units. Do they have cameras? Individual alarms? Is there a security guard on duty? If they have an outdoor storage area for large items like boats or RVs, ask about the security for that area. A reputable self-storage facility knows that security is important and will be happy to answer all of your questions about their security. If the facility manager doesn’t want to answer your questions that could be an indication that the security isn’t as good as it should be.
Amenities aren’t really necessary when it comes to self-storage, but it shows that the facility owner and manager care about their customers. Some nice amenities that great self-storage facilities might offer are a choice of covered or uncovered storage for boats, RVs, and large items. A variety of sizes of storage units is helpful so that you can choose one that fits your needs instead of getting stuck paying for storage you don’t need. An on-site manager, Wi-Fi, climate-controlled units, and drive-up access to the storage units are all helpful things to consider when choosing a storage unit.
You might need to expand your self-storage in the future, so it’s a good idea to find out if there is room for you to upgrade if necessary. Ask if there are larger storage units available, or other options such as storage pods? A facility that can offer a range of options is a good choice so you have options if your needs change in the future.
A clean, secure, and accessible storage facility will keep your possessions safe and in excellent condition while giving you the space you need in your home. Call one of our customer service associates at Storage Locker to get more information about our storage units, security procedures, and schedule a tour today.