What to Do Before Renting Self Storage

What to Do Before Renting Self Storage

Renting a self storage space can be a pretty big commitment. Depending on your storage needs, you may use a self storage facility for a very long time. Some people actually store, for the sake of storing—in other words, they store indefinitely. Upon deciding to use self storage always cover the very basic necessities before you choose a facility. Take note of the following tips listed below when looking for a place to store your valued belongings:

  • Find adequate insurance

    Many facilities offer insurance, while others have insurance rates built into the unit rate. Sometimes these plans will come at a higher cost. Do some independent research and find an insurance company with a monthly or yearly premium that fits your budget. Ensure that you do not under value your items. In the unfortunate event of an accident, or theft, you will want your items replaced at full cost.

  • Make a list of your items to be stored

    This can assist with keeping track of your belongings, especially if you plan on storing a large number of things. If you are storing one or two pieces of large items, such as furniture, a list may not be necessary. However, if you are storing many small items in boxes, take note of the contents in each box before you place them into self storage. This also helps in the event of “foul-play”—so that you can determine if anything is missing.

  • Determine the amount of space you need

    When renting online, it might be difficult to estimate how big of a unit you may need. You don’t want to rent too much or too little space. Unit sizes are often listed as 5x5, 10x 10 etc. If you are not sure how much space you will need, call the self storage facility and tell them what you will be storing in order for them to recommend an appropriate size before you reserve a unit online.

  • Inquire about the different types of units

    It is good to be aware of the different unit options you may have available. Remember, self storage is not a ‘one size fits all’. You may need a specialized unit based on what you are storing. For example, if you will be storing items that need to be kept at a certain temperature to prevent mold and mildew, you may want to a consider climate controlled storage unit.

  • Purchase a high quality lock

    Whether you are storing items worth a couple hundred or a couple thousand dollars, it is a given that you will want to keep them secure. Be sure to use a high-quality lock. Some self storage facilities sell padlocks on the premises, but this convenience may come for a slight bit more.

Overall, you should choose a unit that you are comfortable with. Consider the frequency in which you will use your self storage unit when deciding the proximity of a facility. A reasonable distance from your home and/or office should be ideal if you plan to visit your locker often. Make sure you have all the access and storage options that you will need in order to comfortably store your belongings. To locate a unit that is right for you, use the search option on USSelfStorageLocator.com.