Are you are in between moves? Maybe you have downsized your living arrangements and no longer have the storage space you once had? Perhaps you have business files or materials that you would like to archive off-site? Maybe it's just seasonal storage or storage of a boat, car or recreational vehicle? All of these are good reasons to utilize self storage.
The Two Options For Self Storage
If you are in the market for storage of personal property or business inventory most self storage facilities have two options available, cold storage and heated storage. The type of storage best suited for your needs really depends on what you intend to store. If you are storing something that is sensitive to fluctuations in temperature and/or humidity levels (i.e. leather furnishings, pharmaceutical samples, etc...) then heated storage is probably the best alternative. Heated storage can run as much as twice the going rate for cold storage so budget may be a consideration as well.
Always Visit The Storage Facility Before Renting
As a best practice, while some storage companies offer you the ability to rent online, it is recommended that you show up in person to rent a unit. This allows you to inspect the facility at which you will be renting, visually compare unit sizes so you do not rent more space than needed and read thoroughly the rental agreement you will be asked to sign. Most reputable self storage facilities will provide you with a clean environment, friendly customer service and will not require any long term contracts so you are not locked into anything longer than needed. They will have gated facilities with pass code only access and may have security cameras as well as daily lock checks to ensure that your items are staying safe and secure. They may also have packing supplies and truck rentals available at a discount for your convenience.
Prior to storing, make an inventory of the items you store. Remove furniture legs to save space. Fill boxes to capacity to prevent tipping and collapse. Use a quality lock to secure your storage space. Use drop cloths, furniture and mattress covers for protection. Seal boxes with tape. Label boxes for easy reference. Never store any food, toxic or combustible items. Always advise the facility manager on your intent to vacate when you have decided that you no longer have a need to store.
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