Self-storage facilities are ideal for storing a wide variety of goods from items that you simply don’t need or use on a regular basis to a recreational vehicle such as a boat or an off road motorbike. However, before carting of your belongings to your local storage provider, there are a few things that you should know.
1. Safety And Security
The safety and security should be of prime concern when choosing a storage facility. There should be a perimeter fence or wall as well as restricted entry to the premises. Guards on patrol are also important as are surveillance cameras and electric fencing. Steps should also be taken in order to protect your belongings in the event of a fire, flood or other type of disaster.
You can insure your goods while they are in storage against theft, loss or damage. If you are opting for a short-term storage solution, you an find out whether your current household insurance will cover the goods if they are itemized on the policy. Insurance is important whether you are planing to use a storage unit for an extended period of time or just a few days or weeks.
3. Locking Up
You should be permitted to us your own lock on your storage unit in addition to the locking mechanism that is provided by the storage facility. This gives you the peace of mind that only the person with the key or combination to the lock can gain entry to your unit. Keep a copy of the key or combination code in a safe place in case you lose the original or forget what the code is.
4. Payment Policy
Most storage facilities set a daily, weekly, monthly and annual storage rental rate. The longer the period over which the rental will be taken, the lower the rate is likely to be. It is recommended to compare rates from different storage providers in your area that have similar services, security and other features.
Payment is normally required upfront for the month in which a unit will be rented. A deposit may also be required to cover costs should you not make payment in the future for any reason whatsoever. If you continue to default on the storage rental payments for a specified period of time, the facility reserves the right to break the lock on the unit and sell any goods contained in the unit in order to recover their costs.
5. Climate Control
If you are storing valuable or sensitive belongings, it is recommended to choose a facility that provides a climate controlled environment to keep the goods safe and secure for longer. Storage units that are located outside are prone to weather conditions as are the goods held inside the unit. Take into account factors such as humidity, sunlight and dust and dirt that can blow into the unit and take the necessary steps to protect your items while they are in storage.
It is advisable to choose a storage facility that provides access 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This will allow you to access your storage unit at any time of day or night should you need to. However, be aware that restrictions regarding access may apply between certain hours of the day or night or on Sundays and holidays. You may need to provide proof of identification as well as evidence that you are renting a unit from the facility in order to be granted access.
There are variety of different options available when it comes to storage facilities and it is recommended to take the time to find one that meets your unique requirements.