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Need somewhere to store away a few belongings? Whether you’re in the process of moving or just need the extra space to house a few bulky items for a while, here are 5 things you need to know about renting a storage unit.
How Accessible Is It
First, it’s important to know how accessible the facility is. If you ever need to get into your storage unit, you don’t want to be faced with any issues. Some storage facilities only operate and grant customers access between certain hours. Others provide 24-hour access. So first determine what will work best for your needs.
The Level of Security
Not all storage units are made equal, and that especially goes for their level of security. Priority number one is always determining how safe your belongings will be when stored away. Inquire about the security measures they have in place, such as the locking mechanisms, in-person surveillance, video-monitoring, or locked gates. You don’t want to risk having your precious items vulnerable at any point in time.
You’ll also need to know what size of storage unit you’ll need to house your items. Storage units range in size from a 5’x5’ (the size of a walk-in closet – enough to store some boxes) to as large as a 10’x40’ (which can hold the contents of a typical 5-bedroom house).
Of course, the location also matters for convenience. Having a storage unit located further from a major city can come with a lower price, but you should always weigh the pros and cons when it comes to convenience versus price. For example, if you are paying your moving crew an extra 30 minutes to get to the storage unit each time, that may outweigh any saving on the monthly fee if you are only storing for a couple months.
Look for any reviews online from previous customers. Inquire about how well the site is locked down and monitored, and if there have been any cases involving theft in the past. It’s always best to analyze previous customers’ experiences and opinions before making a decision.
If you’re moving and need somewhere to temporarily store away some belongings, First Rate Movers can help. We offer up to 10 days of short-term free storage and up to 90 days at a discounted rate. This service is only offered to those who are using our services for their move. This comes with 100% full replacement value insurance. All storage units are weatherproof, rodent-proof, and fully secured in a gated facility. If you’re in need of long-term self-storage, we also have a number of local facilities that we recommend. Hop onto our website or get in touch to learn more!