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Tips for Choosing a self-storage facility

Stop N Stor's state-of-the-art surveillance system
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So, you are in need of a self-storage unit. What information do you need to make sure that you are choosing the right self-storage facility for you? What are the top 5 points that you need to consider when choosing the right self-storage establishment for you?

1) Location, location, location

 This also ties in with our next tip, which is your storage needs. Location for your self-storage facility will vary based on why you need to get a self-storage unit. If you are a business and you need the items that you are storing more often, then you would look for a facility closer to your business. If you are storing items long-term, then you might not need a storage unit close by.

2) Determine your need

If you are a business who is looking for a storage unit, your needs will be different from a person that is looking to store personal belongings.  Do you need a climate or non-climate controlled unit? How long will you need to have your items stored? All of these needs will factor into the unit size that you will need. Most storage facilities offer a variety of sizes. Stop N Stor offers a range of sizes from regular closet size (5’x5’) to standard 2 car garage size.

3)  How does the unit look

The interior and exterior of the storage units are key in helping you make your decision on which self-storage company to use. Is the unit clean and well-lit? Is the unit dry and well ventilated? You do not want your personal belongs to get damaged from a unit that is moldy and wet!

4)  Security

Security is an important factor in choosing a self-storage until.  You want your business or personal goods to be protected. Is the facility gated with 24 hour access? Does the establishment have on-site managers?  Stop N Stor uses a state-of-the art surveillance system that uses 30 cameras to cover the units with DVR backup.

5) The contract

Reading the contract for the self-storage unit is highly important to find out the terms of renting the unit.  The needs and the length of time that you will rent the self-storage unit will determine the monthly cost. Remember to read the small print! This is highly important to find out if there are fees for moving out of the unit, what your deposit will be or if there are late fees.

Gathering all of this information is key to making sure that you rent the right storage unit for your needs.  You can find more great storage hints here.

22 comments on “Tips for Choosing a self-storage facility”

  1. I agree that you need to find out if you need a climate controlled storage unit or not. I would imagine that figuring this out before you begin your search would allow you to know what to look for. My husband and I are looking for somewhere to store some wood furniture so we’ll definitely have to find a climate-controlled place to store them.

  2. My brother is getting married soon. He will have a lot of extra furniture, so he’s looking for a good place to store it after the wedding. I didn’t realize how important it is to look at a self storage unit’s security to ensure it has a state-of-the-art surveillance system that can keep your belongings safe 24 hours a day. I’ll be sure to share this consideration with my brother.

  3. It is good to know that the appearance of a storage unit should be appealing to the eye. I like what was said about how the unit should be clean and well-lit. Finding out if the temperature is controlled would be another smart thing to do before committing to a certain facility.

  4. It sounds like a really good idea to read the contract all the way through so that you’ll know what the monthly cost is and any other fees. My husband and I are planning on moving soon, but we’ll need somewhere to store our furniture and bigger items as we’ll have to move out before the house we bought will let us move in. I’ll have to find some storage rental place near us and be sure to read that contract.

  5. My daughter is moving home for a few months while she works to save for college, and we thought that it would be wise for her to put her big belongings in a storage unit. It is good to know that one should first, determine the need of the storage unit. I am glad to know that there are climate controlled units for valuable items. I will be sure to share this article with my daughter, thanks.

  6. My wife has been talking about finding some self storage units to free up some space in our garage and basement, and I think that it would be a great help for us. I’m glad that you talked about looking into the security of the the self storage facility when you’re shopping around, and whether or not there are on site managers. I’m going to have to see if we can find a good quality and a secure storage facility where we can feel comfortable leaving our possessions!

  7. I agree that you want to find out if a self-storage unit is climate controlled or not. It would make sense to find one that is climate controlled because you may need it to protect your things. My sister is looking for a storage unit, so she’ll have to determine if she needs one that is climate controlled.

  8. My husband and I are planning on storing some of our extra furniture in a unit until we save up enough to buy a house. So thanks for letting us know that if we are planning on long-term storage, the location of the facility won’t be as important. Since we won’t need to access our belongings that much, we’ll be sure not to worry too much about the location of the unit we end up renting.

  9. My husband and I are getting a new place but we are trying to downsize so before we get rid of everything we are thinking to get a storage space and put a lot of it in there while we move. You mentioned that when choosing a storage space we should determine what exactly our need for it is so that we know if we want a climate controlled unit or how long everything will be stored.That is a great place to start when looking for a unit.

  10. It’s interesting that you talked about how you want to choose a unit that is closer to you if you’ll use it often, and if you don’t need it as much it can be farther away. I have been looking for a storage unit to keep extra furniture and I wasn’t sure how to choose one. I can see how it would be fine to choose one that is farther away from me, because I will probably only go to it once or twice.

  11. I appreciate your point that security is important when choosing a storage facility. My husband and I are downsizing, and we need to store some of our furniture that won’t fit in our new apartment. Maybe it would be a good idea to make sure the storage we choose is secure so we don’t have to fret about our stuff being safe.

  12. thanks for your tips on choosing the right storage unit. I like what you say about determining your needs. We’re looking at renting a container so we can store some furniture. We’ll probably need something that will keep our couches from cracking in the heat.

  13. You mentioned about security when choosing a self-storage facility. It would be nice to look for one that has 24/7 access and has security alarms installed in each unit. You’ll never know when you’ll be needing some of your items so it’s good if they can be reached any time within the day. For added security, it is highly recommended that there are double-locks as well as good lighting in the area. If I were to look for one, I would make sure to consider these factors. Thanks.

  14. Not many people would think about it, so I love that one of the article’s suggestions is to actually look at the unit. After all, you want to make sure that your property won’t be damaged inside the facility, but that it will be safe as well. The storage unit you choose should have a strong, sturdy door and a locking mechanism that will keep unwanted people out.

  15. Nice post ..
    Agreed… security and access is important in self storage. I also like the point about the contract. It is again important to check the things before hiring.
    Thanks for the info..

  16. I totally agree that your need for a self-storage facility based on its location will depend upon your needs for a unit. My husband and I are looking to move to a smaller apartment unit, so he’s looking to find a storage facility where he can keep some of his car tools and equipment. He often repairs his own car, so it’s important for him to make sure that he can easily visit the storage facility when needed. It will be beneficial for my husband to find a self-storage facility that’s near our house. Thanks for the tips!

  17. Thanks for the tip about checking if a storage facility has 24-hour access. It would be smart to consider this because it would allow you to access your things whenever you want. My husband and I are going to be living with my in-laws while we are building our home, so we’ll have to consider a storage facility with 24-hour access to store some things.

  18. I love how you said that you should make sure that your storage unit is always protected and secure. I also like how you said that it should be dry and keep your things nice. My parents are looking into storage units near them to safely keep the things they want to sell when they get to their new home.

  19. My husband and I are moving to a smaller place while we finish some remodeling on our home, and we need to find a storage unit to place all of our extra things. Thank you for all the tips on how to choose a storage facility. I think that would be a good idea to find a storage unit that is close to our home. It might be long-term for a while until all the remodels are done.

  20. The best part of your blog for me is when you talked about how you should consider choosing a storage facility that’s close by if you need your items that you will store more often. My husband is interested in finding a storage facility where he can keep some of his tools. Since he might need to use his tools every other day, it will make sense for him to only choose a storage unit that’s near our house to make everything convenient for him. Thanks for sharing this.

  21. I like that you talked about the interior and exterior of the storage unit as a factor to consider when choosing a storage unit. We’ll be moving to a new city within this month, and there are pieces of furniture that we can’t bring to our new house. I’ll be sure to check the physical attributes of the storage units to ensure that our personal belongings will be well-protected.

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