If moving, do you want to pack and store items yourself or hire someone to do it for you?
If you value ease and saving time over saving money, you may want to hire professional movers who will come and pack up your belongings, move your items to their company-run storage site and then pack them up again and move them to your new destination. Make sure that you do your homework before hiring a mover or moving company. You’ll want to know that the company you hire is a reputable company before you trust them with your valuables. Another thing to consider is that if you pack and store the items yourself you will have to pay for insurance, which can be costly. When hiring someone to do the work for you, insurance is often included in the cost of their services.
Do you need more time to pack, or want closer proximity to other stored items?
You may opt to rent a mobile storage unit. The mobile storage company will bring the storage unit to your house where you can pack it at your own pace. Then, they will move it to your new destination where you can unpack at your own pace. Some companies also offer help with the packing for an added fee.
Are the items you wish to store sensitive to cold, heat, moisture, or dust?
If you are storing valuable items such as documents, furs, electronics, computer equipment, stereos or television sets you may want to choose a climate controlled storage unit. Many storage facilities also offer dust-free storage for your sensitive electronics.
Will you want to switch out the storage contents seasonally?
Often you will want to store your summer wardrobe or seasonal household items such as swimming pool equipment or patio furniture during the winter months. During the summer you may want to store your family’s skis, snowmobile, snow blower and shovels. Space may vary for these items and perhaps even the need for a climate controlled storage unit or dust control. Make sure that you consider all your possible needs before renting your unit.
Do you need 24 hour tenant access?
Be aware that not all facilities will allow you access storage units during any given time of the day or night. Rules vary from one facility to the next. While some units are accessible 24 hours a day, other facilities have limited hours of operation that limit access to your belongings. Check the rules before signing a contract if round-the-clock access is important to you. Our gate hours are limited from 7am to 7pm, year round.
Do you need to store large items such as cars, campers, or other motorized vehicles?
Self storage can be a great option for storing vehicles. If needed, you can rent a climate-controlled unit to help preserve these items. You will want to be sure that you rent from a company with an established reputation. Safety is another factor to consider. You will rest easier knowing that your valuables are properly secured.
Is the storage facility you chose secure?
Compare the safety and security features of storage unit facilities, before renting. Ask if there are security cameras on the premises. Is the facility equipped with motion lights or otherwise well lit? Some storage unit facilities offer security alarms and security fences. Some locations have an onsite manager living on the premises who will keep an eye on who is coming and going. On-site managers will alert police of any suspicious activity.