Many families today can find themselves in the position of having so much stuff that it cannot all fit into the place where they live. Many people decide to make use of storage facilities in order to empty out cluttered basements, others use them to store furniture while they are in the process of moving or remodeling their house, and still more use them to save business supplies that they may want to make use of in the future.
While the great majority of storage facilities are operated by reputable businesses, it is important to do some research on the business before you hand over your precious possessions. Customers should do some very careful shopping around before they sign anything, and there are a number of factors that should be understood before a storage facility is selected.
One factor that should be understood is cost. You should get written estimates of the cost from a minimum of three separate storage facilities. Most storage facilities will want to inspect your possessions before they are able to do this, and costs that need to be taken into account include the monthly fees, padding, packing, storage preparation or transportation fees, and fees for any additional options such as electricity, insurance and pest control. You need to know by what date and how the fees have to be paid.
Size is also important. You need to be aware of what size storage facilities are available, whether the whole unit can be packed from floor to ceiling, and if there is a weight limit.