Choosing the Right Self Storage for You

SELF-STORAGE IS AN INCREDIBLY LARGE MARKET, AND CAN BE OVERWHELMING FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE NEW TO THE INDUSTRY. WHILE THE IDEA OF STORAGE CAN SEEM QUITE SIMPLE AND STRAIGHT-FORWARD AT FIRST, THERE ARE MANY THINGS TO CONSIDER ONCE YOU HAVE DECIDED THAT YOU WANT TO STORE YOUR GOODS. I HAVE PUT TOGETHER A BREAKDOWN OF THE OPTIONS OUT THERE, AND THE THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND, IN ORDER TO HELP YOU MAKE THE DECISION THAT BEST SUITS YOUR NEEDS.

1) OUTDOOR STORAGE:
WHILE OUTDOOR STORAGE CAN OFTEN BE SEEN IN A BIT OF A NEGATIVE LIGHT, IT IS DEFINITELY ONE OF THE BEST OPTIONS FOR THOSE WHO ARE STRUGGLING WITH OVERALL COSTS. BECAUSE THE UNITS ARE OUTDOORS, YOU WOULD DEFINITELY HAVE TO BE VERY CAREFUL ABOUT WHAT YOU STORE IN THEM. IF YOU LIVE SOMEWHERE WHERE THE TEMPERATURES CAN GET LOW, IT IS PROBABLY NOT WISE TO STORE ITEMS SUCH AS ANTIQUE FURNITURE AND PRICEY ARTWORK IN A UNIT LIKE THIS. WITH THAT BEING SAID, SOMETIMES THE ITEMS THAT PEOPLE NEED STORAGE FOR DON’T REQUIRE SPECIAL CARE, AND TO PAY EXTRA MONEY FOR AN INDOOR OR CLIMATE CONTROLLED SPACE MAY SEEM LIKE A WASTE. IF YOU’RE JUST LOOKING TO STORE OVERFLOW FROM YOUR GARAGE, OR GARDEN SHED, THESE TYPES OF UNITS ARE PEFECT. ACCESS IS USUALLY PRETTY EASY, SINCE YOU AREN’T DRIVING INTO A BUILDING, AND YOU CAN COME AND GO ON YOUR OWN TERMS.

2) INDOOR STORAGE AND CLIMATE CONTROLLED UNITS
WHILE THESE TYPES OF UNITS ARE OFTEN A HIGHER COST, THEY ARE DEFINITELY A GOOD IDEA IF YOU’RE WORRIED ABOUT THE CONDITION OF THE GOODS YOU ARE STORING. MANY FACILITIES ARE NOW OFFERING CLIMATE CONTROLLED UNITS, WHICH MEANS YOUR GOODS ARE STORED AT ROOM TEMPERATURE AND ARE NOT SUSCEPTIBLE TO THE ISSUES THAT CAN ARISE FROM EXTREME TEMPERATURES (CRACKING OR WARPING IN THE COLD, DEVELOPING MOULD AND MILDEW OR MELTING IN HEAT). THERE ARE EVEN SOME FACILITIES THAT OFFER DRIVE-UP CAPABILITIES, WHICH MEANS YOU CAN DRIVE YOUR CAR RIGHT INTO THE BUILDING (AND IN SOME CASES, RIGHT UP TO YOUR UNIT).

3) PORTABLE STORAGE
ONE OF THE FASTEST GROWING TYPES OF SELF-STORAGE IS THE PORTABLE STORAGE (ALSO KNOWN AS “MOBILE” STORAGE) SERVICE. UNLIKE THE OTHER TYPES OF SELF-STORAGE, YOU DON’T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT ANY TRANSPORTATION WHEN CHOOSING A PORTABLE STORAGE SERVICE. IT PAIRS THE CONVENIENCE OF SELF-STORAGE, WITH THE ADDED BONUS OF BEING ABLE TO LOAD YOUR UNIT UP RIGHT ON YOUR VERY OWN PROPERTY. MOST COMPANIES ALLOW YOU TO MAKE THE CHOICE OF EITHER STORING YOUR CONTAINER ON YOUR PROPERTY THE ENTIRE TIME, OR HAVING THEM BROUGHT BACK TO A STORAGE FACILITY FOR AS LONG AS YOU NEED IT STORED. WHILE IT IS A NEW CONCEPT TO MANY PEOPLE, PORTABLE STORAGE UNITS USUALLY HAVE MANY OF THE SAME BENEFITS OF THE INDOOR SELF-STORAGE UNITS, AND THEY ARE USUALLY EVEN STORED IN CLIMATE CONTROLLED FACILITIES AS WELL. SINCE YOU AREN’T REQUIRED TO DO ANY OF ACTUAL MOVING OR TRANSPORTING OF THE CONTAINERS, THIS SERVICE GIVES YOU THE EXTRA TIME AND BRAIN POWER TO FOCUS ON YOUR MOVE OR HOME RENOVATION.

NO MATTER WHICH OPTION FITS BEST, IT IS ALWAYS SMART TO SHOP AROUND BEFORE MAKING ANY DECISIONS. MAKE SURE TO ASK LOTS OF QUESTIONS. THE ATTITUDE AND HELPFULNESS OF THE STAFF, WHETHER OVER THE PHONE OR IN PERSON, IS ALWAYS A GOOD INDICATOR OF THE QUALITY OF THE FACILITY YOU’RE LOOKING AT. TREAT IT IS A TYPE OF INTERVIEW. MOST PLACES WILL EVEN OFFER YOU A TOUR OF THE FACILITY, SO YOU CAN SEE EXACTLY WHAT YOU WOULD BE SIGNING UP FOR.

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