5 Tips to Choosing your Rental Storage Unit

5 Tips to Choosing your Rental Storage Unit

Just when you think choosing a rental storage unit is as simple as pointing to which one you want, you learn that the industry is vast. More importantly, the selection of options available to you are just about endless.

Consequently, not all storage units are created equally. Some have top notch security, a plethora of sizes to choose from, and so much more. So, choosing a rental storage unit takes time and a bit of research. After all, the storage unit you choose will be the home of your belongings and you want to make sure it’s the best option for you. Here are five things to consider.

The Key is Security

Security is inarguably one of the most important features of a rental storage unit. You want something that is going to be safe, protected and secured for as long as you need it to be. Some things to consider that you may want from your storage unit provider include:

  • Video surveillance
  • Gate access
  • Fire protection
  • Staffing
  • Types of locks used and/or recommended

It’s recommended to conduct thorough research on the company you’re interested in, as well as on the area or neighborhood in which your storage unit will be in. This will give you a generalized idea of the protection and security of your items.

Size of the Storage Unit

Unit sizing is exceptionally important and the only way to determine what size you need is to think about the items you’re storing. If you have large, heavy and bulky items, you may require a larger ground-floor storage unit for easy maneuverability. You may also want a large unit if you intend to frequent the unit, go through your items, move things around, etc. as the free space will make it easier to navigate.

Otherwise, analyze the items you intend to store and speak with the storage unit company to get an idea of appropriate unit sizes for you.

Some Things Can’t Be Stored

It’s safe to say that most items can be stored in a storage unit, but there are some restrictions and limitations. Speak with the storage unit company you’re interested in to discuss the specifics of their company and what can’t be stored. Typically, the following is unacceptable at any storage unit location:

  • Perishable food items
  • Animals
  • Firearms (depending on your state)
  • Flammable items
  • Explosives
  • Hazardous materials
  • Stolen property

The Option of Climate Control

Depending on what you will be storing in your unit, you may want to consider climate control. There are many levels of climate control and it’s important to understand each to ensure the best option for you. The most basic ones maintain a certain temperature range which keeps from drastic temperature changes that can be damaging to your items such as wine, leather, vehicles, etc. Speak with the storage unit company you’re interested in about the options they have available to you. The technology may surprise you.

Accessibility to Your Items

Although the storage unit will be yours and you’ll be free to access it as needed, some companies have restricted hours in which the facility cannot be entered. This is something you will need to be aware of. Additionally, the terrain in which the storage unit facility is on is something to be considered, especially if you live in a state that experiences a wide range of weather. A bad weather storm can quickly make a 24/7 storage unit inaccessible if it’s on country roads that never get plowed. Furthermore, you want to consider where you want your storage unit to be in the facility itself. You may want to rent a bottom floor unit for easy accessibility.

Storage units have much more character than you may have thought. So always speak with the rental storage unit company to ensure you find the best option for you and your belongings.