Public storage comes handy if you are downsizing & require a place to store extra possessions, moving temporarily & do not want to move with your belongings, and you are a business owner who requires storage space. Some households may require space when elderly parent(s) move into the home or child returns back from college.
Depending with your area of residence, it can prove less expensive renting a self-storage facility to keep appliances and furniture than to move temporarily into a larger home. Regardless the reasons for choosing self-storage, the number of people choosing self-storage is growing. The things to consider when choosing self-storage include:
Before renting a facility, it is important to determine whether complaints have been leveled against the storage facilities you are considering. Determine whether the facility has the right size because facilities are available in different sizes. Furthermore, some facilities offer climate-controlled units, while others offer alarms, video surveillance, and other important security features. In addition, compare the prices of at least three nearby locations because the renting costs vary depending on the location and size of the unit. In areas where real estate is expensive, self-storage is higher. Moreover, you may be expected to pay additional fees, such as pest control and electricity charges.
- Long-term vs. short-term storage
It is important to consider the length of the rental term before signing the contract. Therefore, if you need storage to facilitate moving between homes, you may need a facility that offers temporary storage, at competitive rates. Because you may not need to access the items frequently, you can stack all your valuables into a tiny unit without much thought to accessibility or organization. On the contrary, if you are interested in long-term storage, a larger storage unit allows you to arrange items carefully. The extra square footage offers plenty of room for racks and shelves, as well as an aisle.
- A good fit
Self-storage facilities are different. Therefore, your choice of storage should be influenced by your current needs. If you are storing items, you could have easily left behind because you had no plans of keeping them, the price should be the top priority. If you are interested in retrieving items during the night or weekends, a 24-hour access is recommended.