There are storage rental units on every other street, it seems like. So sometimes it can be difficult to make sure you’re choosing the right one to stow away all of your things for any period of time. With so many storage rental unit companies, the difference is made in knowing which ones you can fully trust. Always go in with a list of demands and make sure they are all met before you agree to use a place that might be a mistake.
Professionally managed storage facilities should come equipped with efficient security and long gate hours so that you can still make it inside to unload your things after a long day of moving, driving, or organizing. Be sure that the units are clean, dry, secure, and even climate controlled if you need them to be. Also depending on where you look, new tenants with some storage businesses can receive discounts on boxes, shipping supplies, and move-in help, so don’t forget to ask! You should also expect a choice in sizes and locations of units. You shouldn’t have to pay for something that’s way bigger than you need just because that was all that was available. Along the same lines, don’t compromise by squeezing your belongings into a unit that it was too small. You could accidentally damage your things because of stacking when you shouldn’t have to. There should also be options for long term and short term rental periods so that you can tailor the time line to your needs. Again, don’t pay for more than you need!
Security should be a high priority when scoping out a rental unit location. Now that you know the caliber of security technology that is available, so don’t settle for less. Ask about features like 24 hour video recording, cylinder locks, coded gate access, and night patrols to give yourself peace of mind. It is also nice when management has longer office hours and can be available to help with questions or services no matter what time you are moving in or out.
Many modern storage rental facilities don’t just provide storage units, they may also provide storing solutions and equipment like boxes and safety wrap in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes you are right in the middle of packing when you realize you need more small boxes or large mirror boxes. It is incredibly convenient when you can purchase one at the rental unit that you’re on your way to anyway, rather than stopping at a store. Some facilities offer lamp cartons, bubble wrap, newsprint and foam peanuts, blankets, tape, box cutters, and anything else you might need. Also ask whether your rental facility can facilitate Uhaul truck rentals on site, as some places do. Sometimes you think you can get by without a truck rental and you realize half way through moving that you need one after all. You can also hire moving pods or extra hands at some places. Lastly, check for covered loading areas. Those are also features that you won’t think about until you really need them.