In most cities, there are several self-storage locations to choose from. So, the question when looking for storage may not be ‘where to find a storage unit’, but rather ‘what features to look for in a storage unit and facility’ when its time to rent.

Here are 5 key things to look for in a self storage facility:

1. Accessibility
Accessibility is an important component to all good self storage facilities.  Before selecting a storage facility, determine what your needs are for accessing it. Will you be accessing at nights and weekend, or just occasionally during specific seasons?  This is important because  some storage facilities have access hours only during the daytime, with limited access on Sundays and holidays.  However, some other facilities  have access up to 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and on holidays.

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Security is a top concern at some self storage centers.

2. Security
It’s safe to say that security is important to everyone that’s searching for a self storage unit.  Buying a strong lock is always a great idea, but some storage facilities offer extra security.  Look for a storage facility with an electronic gate, a walled perimeter and, if you require more security, some facilities offer individual alarmed rooms, video surveillance, gate clickers and inside storage.

3. Climate-Control
Look at the items that you want to put in storage. Do you think they might benefit from a climate-controlled unit? The truth is that climate-controlled storage is a great way to protect your belongings from harsh temperatures, humidity and pests. Check out this article which provides more information on climate-controlled storage, and gives a list of items that would benefit from it.

4. Cleanlinessself storage
A lot can be said about the quality of a self storage facility by how clean the units are.  Check to make sure that the facility has regular cleaning and maintenance for each empty unit, and be sure to ask to view an empty unit before its time to move your stuff in.  The last thing you want  is a dirty or dusty storage unit to put your stuff in.

5. Convenience
Some other features to look for in a storage facility that increase convenience are:

  • Drive-up access:  This feature makes loading and unloading a breeze.
  • Online account management:  Some Facilities allow you to manage your account online.
  • Vehicle, boat & RV storage: If speed and adventure is your forte, this may be important to you.

So now that you have the knowledge to pick out a great self storage facility, do some research, and don’t be afraid to ask questions.  They will probably be pretty impressed with your knowledge of storage units and will be more likely to explain more than just the basics of their facility.

Do you have any tips to share for people looking for their next storage unit?  Let us know below in the comments section!

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2 Responses to 5 Things to Look For in Your Next Self Storage Unit

  1. MattDart says:

    Another thing to look out for in self-storage is usability. Even though your stuff is being put away elsewhere, the self-storage provider must ensure customer feels that their stuff is being looked after like it will be at home, which also means that they can have access to their belongings at any time. However, since you are paying for a service, you might as well have all the hard work (packing, etc.) done for you.

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