From the outside, most storage facilities look the same. Because of that, a lot of people choose a site based on the convenience of location opposed more critical factors they should consider. Whether you need short- or long-term storage for residential or commercial items, selecting the right facility makes a significant difference in your experience.
Security is the number-one priority. Especially when storing items worth value, you want the assurance that the goods have optimal protection: That means choosing a site with tall perimeter fencing, excellent lighting, coded or keycard entry, state-of-the-art surveillance, and preferably, 24-hour onsite personnel. However, there are several additional things to look for when researching different storage facilities.
- Reviews and Recommendations – Reading what past customers write online coupled with getting recommendations from people you trust is imperative. That way, you can quickly eliminate some facilities while focusing more on others.
- Meet the Staff – You can tell a lot about a facility by stopping by and visiting with the staff. With that interaction, you can determine the level of professionalism, knowledge, and experience. If you are unable to go in person, at a minimum, call. The individual you speak with should show patience when answering questions and providing details about various units.
- Pest Prevention and Control – While not as critical when renting an interior unit, make sure that the storage facilities on your short list have the site regularly treated for rodents and bugs. That extra layer of protection will prevent damage to your possessions.
- Climate-controlled Units – If you want to store wooden furniture, electronics, artwork, documents, extra inventory, musical instruments, and other similar items, it is worth getting a climate-controlled storage unit. Therefore, before selecting a site, verify that it can accommodate your climate-sensitive items.
- Rules and Regulations – Because storage facilities are all different, you need a copy of the rules and regulations for the one you choose. For example, while some sites allow 24-hour access to units, others have restricted hours.
- Pricing – When looking at different facilities, always check prices so that you can compare locations specific to the type and size of unit that you need. Although you probably want to save money, keep in mind that the cheapest facility is not always the best – nor is the most expensive. The goal is to find facilities that meet the other criteria mentioned.