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What to Look for in a Self-Storage Company

by: Greg Keefer
01 Dec 2010

There comes a time when you need someplace to store your property that no longer fits in your home, apartment or dorm room. You may have moved, had an addition to your family or simply run out of storage space for any number of other reasons. The answer to your storage dilemma is to rent an affordable self-storage unit.

Self-Storage Companies: Things to Consider

Storage units come in all shapes and sizes. Most are large enough to store a couple of appliances and several large boxes although you can rent an area as large as you need.

Most of what you own can be stored in a self-storage unit on a short-term basis. If you're renting a unit over the long haul make sure you're not including property that needs special environmental considerations such as low humidity or warm temperatures. You can safely store clothing, most furniture, and dishes without concern but your self-storage unit always needs to be dry no matter what you store in it. Avoid storing temperature sensitive foods or damp items that can develop mold and mildew.

Self-storage companies are not all created equal. Shop around to locate the best combination of self-storage features and affordable price before signing a contract or agreeing to rent space.

Consider the following when looking for an affordable self-storage unit:

  • Price. The cost of local storage units can vary considerably. It's wise to shop around.
  • Availability. Most self-storage units are behind a fence to secure them from the ever-present threat of theft. Locks on the overhead garage-style doors or pedestrian entrances vary from one self-storage unit to another. Look for one you can access at any time of the day or night but that also prohibits unauthorized access to others.
  • Security. Along with limited access, it is always a good idea for a self-storage company to have a highly-visible security camera on premises. Preventing theft is always preferable to notifying the police that your property has been stolen.
  • Insurance. If the self-storage company doesn't insure your property, make sure you buy the appropriate insurance yourself. There's always the possibility of environmental or man-made disasters.
  • Lighting. Adequate overhead lighting not only helps security but allows you to see what you're doing after dark.

Affordable self-storage units are a great option for storing things you no longer have room for or won't need on an ongoing basis. Pick the right company to make your self-storage experience a positive one.

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