There’s no place like home. But maybe your home is starting to make you feel claustrophobic. If clutter is driving your crazy, it might be time to look into local self storage.
Research shows that the United States has more facilities for self storage than it does McDonald’s.
You’re not the only one who’s got more stuff than your home can accommodate.
But how can you find a local self storage facility that you can trust with you all of your valuables? Here are 10 tips for choosing the best local self storage facility.
Let’s get started!
Local Self Storage: How Much Storage Do You Need?
The answer to this question depends on how much you’re interested in stowing away.
Note that you ideally want a storage unit that is a bit larger than the items you want to store. After all, you’ll need some extra room to move around to access your belongings.
What’s great about certain storage facilities is that you can store just an item or two rather than a slew of items.
This is a flexible option that is perfect if you don’t want to pay a big monthly bill for space you don’t need. Instead, you end up paying only for the space you use.
If you’re not quite sure what you need, visit your local self storage facility and ask the property manager to show you some available units.
This may give you a better idea of the size unit you’ll want to get.
A quality facility may also provide for you a space calculator that will help you to determine the quantity and types of items you can fit into certain units.
Got items that need to stay in a climate of about 78 degrees year round? Choose a storage unit that is climate controlled.
Items that work well in these types of units include, high-quality wood, artwork, and fabrics, for instance.
Otherwise, your unit’s climate will pretty much resemble that of your garage. And that simply won’t work for all materials.
Worried about whether your belongings will remain secure?
Choose a facility that has placed the security of your items as its top priority. In that way, you leave the worrying to them instead.
A top-quality facility offers video surveillance around the clock. The facility will also feature resident managers on the premises, which will help to deter criminal activity.
Lighting and fencing should also be present to further safeguard your important possessions.
Extend Your Search
Your first inclination during your search for local self storage may be to look for a place close by.
After all, who wants to drive 30 miles just to get a boxed-up Christmas tree and ornaments?
But be careful. The closest units aren’t always the best ones.
Not all storage facilities are equal.
Cast a wide net so you have plenty of viable options for storing your belongings.
You just might be surprised by the catch of a storage facility you end up with.
Do you want to be the one to replace your storage items if they get stolen or ruined due to natural causes?
Didn’t think so.
That’s why having insurance for your stored items is paramount.
And that’s why the best storage facilities — the ones that care about your valuables just as you do –require you to have it.
To make things easier, your chosen facility might even offer its own insurance.
If you find one that offers this insurance — which is guaranteed to cover your storage facility possessions — and charges $0 for your deductible, it’s definitely a keeper.
If you’ll need boxes or other materials when moving items to and fro, then be sure to select a facility that offers these items.
For instance, small boxes available at your local facility may be perfect for carrying DVDs and books. Meanwhile, medium and large boxes may be useful for toting smaller kitchen appliances and lamp shades respectively.
Other packing supplies you might want convenient access to include rope, tape, foam peanuts, packing paper and bubble wrap.
Being able to purchase or replenish these items on demand leaves one less thing for you to worry about.
Talk about taking a load off your back.
So, you’ve got your boxes. And you’ve got your tape.
But you may be missing a few other invaluable tools as you prepare to house some of your belongings off-site.
For example, how about placing a bag over your twin- to king-size mattresses?
Or, why not spring for covers for your loveseats, couches, ottomans or even patio chairs?
Not all storage facilities offer these protective covers. But if you don’t want your items ripped, scratched, or damaged due to dust, dirt, and moisture, you can’t go wrong with them.
Storing your belongings as part of a major home move? Search for a storage facility that’ll give you keys to a rental truck, too.
Storage and moving are like twins: They’re often inseparable.
The best storage facilities realize this, so they’ll put you in the best position — the driver’s seat of a Budget or U-Haul truck — to get both jobs done efficiently.
If you have a home office, is it teeming with way too many documents and papers?
Don’t worry. You’re not alone.
And that means you’re not the first business owner to use a storage facility to store his or her file boxes, either.
Companies specializing in storing documents can be pricey. On top of that, you may not require all of the services they provide.
Fortunately, self storage can be a good alternative.
It’s affordable and convenient whether you need to store tax returns, in-house business documents, legal documents, or even medical records.
Time to free up that office space once and for all.
One of the most important qualities of a top-tier storage company is solid customer service.
You want a facility where the manager is interacting with his or her customers and aggressively solving issues.
Also, be sure to ask how your lease will be handled.
Look for a lease that is month to month, as this will make it easy for you to move out whenever you no longer need the extra storage.
In other words, your needs come first.
How We Can Help
We offer a wide variety of quality units tailored to meet your specific moving and storage needs.
Contact us to learn more about how our services can help you to free up your home and thus free up your life.