How to Choose a Storage Facility When Moving
The storage industry has become a big business in the last few years. With over 49,000 facilities in the US, many people are using these for short and long-term storage. While the factors that have created this demand vary from person to person, you may need a storage unit now or in the future.
So, with that in mind, let's discuss the different factors to consider when picking out a storage facility for your needs when making a household move.
Step One: Check With Your Moving Company About Storage Options
One of the best things about using a storage facility is the convenience of having a secure location in which to stash your belongings. Thanks to the abundance of units, this option is often much more affordable than you might imagine.
Your moving company may offer storage options to make the situation even more convenient. This way, you don't have to find a separate location, and your movers can handle placing your belongings in the unit for you. So, before you start checking out other places, ask your moving company what they have available.
Step Two: Pay Attention to Hours of Operation
Some storage facilities allow 24/7 access, which is helpful if you're a night owl or work long hours during the day. However, many buildings restrict access after a certain point (i.e., 9 am to 9 pm), so you have to plan your use accordingly. Another point to consider is if you can stay in the building after hours as long as you get in before the cutoff time. Then, if you still need to, you have to get in earlier to ensure enough time to get the job done.
Step Three: Look at Cleanliness and Security
Modern storage facilities are state-of-the-art, with climate-controlled interiors and high-tech security systems. These features are essential if you have delicate belongings like electronics or antiques. However, older buildings may have moisture issues and severe temperature fluctuations, which might damage your belongings.
Security is also a significant feature, so look for facilities with cameras, access codes, and door locks. This way, you can be sure that no random thieves can break into your unit. As a rule, indoor facilities are more secure than outdoor ones.
Step Four: Consider Short vs. Long-Term Storage Options
You may need a storage unit for a month or two or a unit for the foreseeable future - potentially years. Many storage facilities will work with you to address your needs. For example, a month-to-month contract might be the best option, so you can remove your belongings whenever possible.
Alternatively, a long-term storage contract can help you save money by allowing you to pre-pay for an entire year or pay lower monthly costs as long as you don't end the contract early. But, again, talk with the facility to see what options are available before signing anything.
We can provide custom storage solutions whether you require temporary or permanent storage. We have several warehouse locations in the area and a network of partners we can offer storage solutions worldwide.
Our movers can take care of all the heavy lifting for you, and your items will be safe and sound in our storage facility. Contact us today to find out more!