8 Factors to Consider When Choosing a Self-Storage Unit Finding the right storage unit for extra bel

Finding the right storage unit for extra belongings when your move requires knowing your options. Consider these factors when choosing a self-storage unit.

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The average American household contains about 300,000 personal items.

Even with all this stuff, your home might feel organized, clean, and clutter-free... until it comes time to move. Then you have to find a place to put all this stuff while you're staging and showing off your house to interested buyers.

We've put together this guide to help you learn what to look for in a self-storage unit so you pick the right one for your needs.

Let's get started!

1. How Big Is the Unit?

Start by writing out a list of all the items you want to keep in your storage unit. Then make sure you find a unit that's big enough to fit both the height and width of the biggest object.

It's better to rent one larger unit than several small ones. If you can't find a unit big enough for your needs at one facility, you may want to keep looking for other options in your area.

2. Where Is It Located?

How often will you be accessing your unit? If you need to get in and out often, you'll want to find a storage facility that's close to your home. It may even be worth spending extra money on a good location so you don't have to drive an hour or two out of your way every time you need to grab something.

If you're storing seasonal items or just getting the extra clutter out of your house while you put it on the market, location doesn't need to be as much of a priority.

3. How Much Does It Cost?

This may be one of the biggest deciding factors when you choose a storage facility. Low rates might be attractive, but you might want to avoid renting a unit from the cheapest option you can find.

Price reflects quality.

If you don't pay a lot for your storage unit, your unit might be small, dirty, damp, etc. You could end up with mold or other damage on your items when you come back to pick them up again. It's worth spending a bit of extra money for better storage conditions.

Renting a month-to-month unit may help you save some cash, and you can also cut the cost by packing smart and getting the smallest unit possible.

4. What Does the Security Look Like?

Look for a storage facility that offers 24-hour security services. The facility should have security cameras and guards that patrol the grounds (at least during the night).

You should also take a look at the lighting when you visit for the first time. Is it well lit? You may have to get items out of your unit late at night or early in the morning, and for your safety, you'll want to be able to see your surroundings.

If you don't pick a facility with good security, you're putting yourself and your belongings at risk.

5. Is It Easily Accessible?

What hours is the facility open? Can you access your unit whenever you want, or will you have to wait for a specific timeframe?

Some storage facilities have multiple floors, so you may want to get a unit on the bottom floor, especially if you have heavy furniture or other awkward items you need to store. Carrying all your belongings up a few flights of stairs is a hassle, and it can leave you with back pain if you aren't careful.

6. What Type of Service Does It Have?

There are two main types of storage facilities: self-service and full-service.

If you choose a self-service unit, you'll get your own key, and you can show up and go through your items whenever you want. These types of units are usually open to visitation at any time during the day or night.

A full-service storage facility has more direct control over your unit. You'll probably have to let them know when you plan to visit. They'll meet you when you show up, take you to your unit, and open it for you.

Full-service storage may also be more expensive; however, they offer more amenities and security. Some may even unload your unit and transport your items to your house when you want them, which can be convenient for people who don't have a lot of time or don't have their own car.

7. Does It Have Temperature Control?

Depending on what you're storing, you may not need a temperature-controlled unit. But some items, such as antiques, electronics, artwork, paper, medications, leather, etc., benefit from a cooler or less-humid environment. A controlled temperature can keep these items in good condition and prevent them from sustaining damage while in storage.

Keep in mind, though, renting a temperature-controlled unit will make the price go up.

8. How Long Do You Need It?

Many storage facilities have a minimum rental period. This can be several months or an entire year, so figure out how long you plan to use the storage unit before you pay any money.

If you don't need to store your belongings for very long, you may want to choose a facility that offers month-to-month storage. This will allow you to pull your items back out whenever you're ready without losing any money.

Choosing a Self-Storage Unit That Lets You Focus on Your Move

Picking the right self-storage unit gives you peace of mind that your belongings are safe and lets you focus your attention back on your home. Still not sure where to find a quality storage unit?

Don't wait to get in touch with our team. We'll help you get the right-sized storage unit for your needs, and we can help you move them to your new home when you're ready.


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