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Whether you’re moving, downsizing, or just need to free up some space in your home or office, a self storage facility can be a great solution. However, not all storage facilities are the same. To ensure that you’re choosing a reliable self storage facility, there are a few key factors to consider.

Understand Your Needs

Think about what you’re storing and how long you plan to store these items. 

  • Make an inventory of all the items you plan to store. 
  • Identify the items that you might need to access while they are in storage. 
  • Measure and estimate the collective packing size of your items.
  • Account for extra space to provide ventilation and ease of access.
  • Consider whether you need car storage, RV storage, or a boat storage facility.

When storing items for short periods of time, it’s fine to pack everything close together. If you’re storing for a longer time, provide extra space for easy access.

Determine Whether Climate-Controlled Storage is Right For Your Needs

Depending on what items you plan to store, climate control may be an important factor to consider. Climate-controlled storage units maintain consistent temperature and humidity levels.  If you plan to store items that are sensitive to temperature or humidity changes, look for a facility that offers climate-controlled storage units. 

Think About Location

If you’re going to be visiting your unit frequently, you need a convenient location. However, a  facility located in the heart of the city will be more expensive than one outside of town. If you don’t need quick access to your items, a facility farther from the city will be less costly.

Verify Security

Cost should not be your only consideration. One of the most important factors to consider when choosing a self storage facility is security. After all, the whole point of renting a storage unit is to keep your belongings safe and secure. When evaluating a storage facility’s security, look for features such as gated access, surveillance cameras, and on-site security personnel. You should also ask about the facility’s policies regarding access to the units, as well as how they handle issues such as lost or stolen keys.

Consider Accessibility

When choosing a storage facility, it’s important to consider how easily you’ll be able to access your unit. Look for a facility that offers convenient access hours, ideally with 24-hour access available. If you need car storage or RV storage, it’s important to know whether there are any restrictions on vehicle size or parking.

Look for a Well-Maintained Facility

Look for a facility that is clean and well-maintained. You shouldn’t see overgrown landscaping, a weather-worn, outdated building, and trash lying on the grounds. A clean storage facility is not only more pleasant to visit, but it can also help protect your belongings and deter illicit activity. Dust and debris can accumulate over time and damage items such as furniture, clothing, and electronics. Look for features such as regular cleaning schedules, pest control measures, and well-maintained grounds.

Evaluate Size Options

Self-storage units are available in a wide range of sizes and configurations. Naturally,

large storage units cost more per month, so it’s smart to have an overall idea of how much

space you’ll need. Don’t pay for unused space unless you’re planning to store more items over time. Another factor to consider is the design of the space. Some units are narrow but have a lot of vertical space; others are wider with lower ceilings. In some cases, one layout may be preferable.

Check Insurance

Discuss your insurance storage options with the manager of the facility. If you have homeowner’s or renter’s insurance, call your agent to determine whether stored

items are covered under your present policy. In most cases, you should be able to purchase insurance from your preferred self storage company.

Expect Accommodating Customer Service

Look for a facility that has friendly and helpful staff who is willing to answer your questions and address any concerns you may have. You should also ask about the facility’s policies regarding billing, insurance, and move-in procedures.

Ready to Reserve a Self Storage Unit?

Are you looking for a self storage unit for your home, business, or rental? Find Self Storage has storage facilities in Dallas, TX; Carrollton, TX; Plano, TX; Leesville, LA; and Alexandria, LA on Windermere Blvd and Lodi Rd. Reserve a storage unit at a facility near you today!

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