There are many reasons to use your own storage facility. You can stay at home and stay in a hotel or with friends in the meantime. You might need to move to a smaller place for a little while and do not want to get rid of your furniture and then have to buy all new things when you have more space again. Or you may only have too much stuff and too little storage space at home.
Whatever your reason, you need to know how to choose your own storage facility to suit your needs. Here are some things to keep in mind.
1 How much space do you need?
Self-storage facilities usually offer devices in several different sizes. For example, a small storage unit is typically about five feet by ten feet, which would keep the contents of a 1-room apartment if it is packed tight. Ten feet of ten feet is another standard size for self storage units, and can hold the contents of a two bedroom or home apartment. Storage sizes are also common and are used for larger homes and or car storage.
Once you have determined how much space you need, the first question you should ask each storage device is, what size they have. This way you can immediately eliminate all facilities that do not have the size you need.
2 How long do you need the storage device?
How long you want to store your stuff can make a big difference when choosing between storage devices. For example, if you only store your items for a few months, you will probably want to pay more attention to pricing and contract terms. On the other hand, if you are planning a long-term self-preservation, the facilities offered by each facility may be a bit heavier on your decision.
3 What characteristics are most important to you?
When you start looking at storage, it's important to know what features you're willing to give up, and which you just have to have. For example, if you are on a tight budget, the price is likely to be one of your crucial factors. Anyone working uneven hours may need a separate storage device that does not lock at 8 oclock every night. The place is another thing that many do not want to negotiate, especially with current gas prices.
4 Is the monthly rate a submission or special course?
Many storage areas offer built-in special offers to attract potential customers. Their goal is to make you enter paper without continuing shopping. Be sure to think about it and do not let them fool you: Ask how long your submission will go and how much your usual rate is. If you need to use the storage device for more than a couple of months, you will probably compare regular prices and move special offers.
5 How much is the deposit and what are the conditions?
Some self-catering facilities require a deposit. When comparing prices between devices, be sure to ask how much the deposit is and what the conditions are to get it back after you move out.
6 What are the conditions for moving out?
Even if you will not move your things out of self-preservation for a while, you will want to know an installation before committing anything. Most stand-alone holds rental space month by month, which means you can leave at any time. However, you are usually required to notify the facility 30 days in advance.
7 What happens if you are late on a payment?
Nobody believes they may not be able to pay their bills on time, but things happen. Make sure you find out what your last resort is after late policy. Usually, any fees are charged depending on how late you are and if you wait too long to pay, your belongings will be sold or otherwise discarded. Ideally, you want a grace period in a few months before it happens - so if you get behind you, you'll have time to get busy without losing everything.
8 Which amenities does the self-contained facility offer?
There are a host of amenities offered by your own storage. Some are climate controlled, which means they are kept at a certain temperature and sometimes also some moisture. This type of environment is perfect for valuable items or collectibles that can be damaged by extremities in temperature or sudden changes in moisture. Many have fences, gates and security systems to protect the customer's belongings. Extended hours, especially padlock and on-site handling are other amenities that can be stored on your own.
9 Are you entitled to take the agreement with you?
Reading the contract for the first time during the registration process is dangerous for two reasons. One, the executive board is generally not a good environment to concentrate on hard-to-understand legalese.