How to Choose a Self-Storage Unit

storage101Running out of space in your garage to store stuff? If so, you should consider renting a self-storage unit. For a small monthly/yearly fee, you'll have your own unit for storage, allowing you to free up space in your garage, basement, bedroom, etc. But with so many different types of self-storage units out there, how do you know which one to choose?

Space

One of the first things to look for in a self-storage unit is the space. Ask yourself, how much space do I need? Some units are small, at just 5 x 9 feet, whereas others are more spacious at 10 x 30 feet. Keep in mind, however, that larger units tend to cost more. If you opt for the largest unit available, you can expect to pay a premium price. Ideally, you should rent a unit that meets your storage needs. If you only plan on storing a motorcycle, for instance, choose one of the smaller units to save money. But if you plan on storing everything that's currently sitting in your garage, you'll probably need one of the larger units.

Climate Controls

You should also consider whether or not to choose a climate-controlled storage unit. We've talked about this before on the StorageAuctionList blog, but it's worth mentioning again that certain items can and will become damaged when exposed to humid atmospheres. This is particularly true when storing items in a non-climate-controlled unit, as the excessive moisture will settle into them, causing damage and even mold/mildew growth. Granted, opting for a climate-controlled storage unit typically costs more, but it's a small price to pay or the peace of mind knowing that your belongings and safe and protected against the damaging effects of moisture.

Security

What kind of security measures does the self-storage facility have? When scouting potential storage facilities, check to see whether or not there are video surveillance cameras in place. It's not something most people want to think about, but burglars have been known to target storage facilities. A good self-storage facility should have safeguards in place to prevent burglary.

These are just a few things to keep in mind when choosing a self-storage facility. Above all else, though, take your time to look at the different facilities in your area, comparing their strengths and weaknesses.

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