Finding a Storage Company
Are you relocating, renovating, downsizing, or organizing your home? There are many situations that may require you to hire the services of a storage company. You have many options; storage facilities seem to be everywhere. How do you choose which one is the right one for you? Aside from being affordable, what other factors should you look for in a storage company?
Do not waste your money on a storage unit that is too big for the things you want to store. On the other hand, getting a unit that is too small to accommodate all your possessions can be quite a problem.
Before you go around hunting for a storage company, take a look at the items you want to keep in storage. Make a detailed list. Look over the list with a storage company specialist so you can get quotes and advice to help you make a sound decision.
Do you want to have ready and quick access to the items you intend to keep in storage? If so, you need to find a storage facility that is close to your home. If you live within the city, such units may be more costly than those located off city limits.When you look for a storage facility, figure out if it is necessary for you to visit the facility often. Weigh the difference in price between units close to your home and those further off. Make sure to factor in fuel expenses, the extra wear-and-tear on your car, as well as the time you spend driving to and from the facility if you choose a facility located some distance from your home.If you think you do not need to have regular access to your things, it may be more cost-effective to choose a facility in a cheaper area.
Some storage companies offer 24-hour accessibility to clients. If a storage facility does not offer the same benefit, make sure that their hours of operation are reasonable so that there is a good chance that the facility will be open should you need your stored belongings. Find out also if the facility offers on-demand access.
You want a storage facility that has the means to keep your belongings safe and secure. Find out if the following security features are available:
• Surveillance system
Does the facility employ security cameras and other effective alarm systems? Do they monitor and record what is going on inside and outside the building to prevent any untoward incidents?
Is the entire facility fenced in properly?
Is there a keypad-equipped gate that only authorized persons can unlock?
• Security Guards
Are there security guards available to protect the facility against people with ill intentions?
• Fire Prevention Systems
Does the facility have fire prevention equipment? Do they have sprinkler systems, fire alarms, smoke detectors, and other similar equipment to prevent the risk of fires?
Storage Unit Features
Is there proper ventilation to prevent mildew? Are the floors sufficiently elevated to prevent water from getting into the unit? Are the doors strong and solid? Is the latch well-built?
Are you staying in an area where the temperature fluctuates extremely? Do you have expensive, delicate, and temperature-sensitive items? If so, you should think about getting a unit that provides climate-control features. Such a unit costs more. If the items you need stored are not sensitive to temperature, it may make more sense to get a less expensive garage-style unit.
Make sure that the facility is in premium condition.The buildings should be well-built with no sign of structural damage. Cracks in the foundation, chinks in the walls, and holes on the roofs can result in pest infestation, leaks, and other similar problems.The premises should be well-tended and clean. There should be no filth, mess or scattered trash in the surroundings. Untidy premises reflect low maintenance standards. Litter tends to increase the risk of fire.The facility should have loading docks and other similarly serviceable equipment that the clients can avail of.
The facility should provide ample parking space and easy entry to storage units.There should be sufficient illumination so you can easily see and handle your stored belongings.There should be high occupancy – a sure sign that the facility does great service.The personnel on the site should be helpful and well-informed about their operations.
Does the company provide adequate insurance coverage against damage and theft?
Before you select a storage company, make sure that you consider multiple options. Always go and visit your short-listed options to verify each company’s pros and cons so you are able to make a well-informed choice.