Moving is always a period of transition and this is particularly true when the move involves relocating to a place that does not have as much storage space as your previous home. You may no longer have a basement or an attic, or have one less bedroom, or perhaps the amount of space is the same but you now have more people living with you. Regardless of the cause, the change might now mean that you are in need of the services of a storage facility. Using a storage facility does not have to be difficult, however, providing that you follow a few simple pieces of advice such as knowing the size of the storage facility and how long you will need it for.
It may appear to be an obvious statement to make but the reality is that you will save both time and money by putting fewer items into your storage facility, and the smaller unit you require the better. Excess items that you do not really need or want to keep would be better off being sold at yard sales, donated to charitable institutions or just given away to friends or family members. You might even want to ask friends and family to store particular items for you, provided it is only for a very short period of time. After you have removed excess items from the list, you need to work out precisely how much space you will actually need from your storage facility.
Once you have decided on the kind and size of the storage facility that you are going to need, you will want to work out the features that you desire to go with it. It is a good idea to put the features you want into different categories, such as ‘absolute musts’, ‘better to have’ and ‘do not really care’. Features that you will need to make a decision about include a convenient location; direct access 24 hours a day, seven days a week; security guards on the premises; an alarm system; climate control; monitored security cameras; a sprinkler system; and whether the storage facility offers valuation coverage. A full-service storage option is one that is a hands-off approach. This will mean that a company will come to pickup and deliver the items to and from storage. This is a great solution for many occasions.
Once you are fully aware of the kind of storage facility that you wish to rent, you can then begin the search in earnest. The process can be kicked off by investigating the most popular storage facility companies in your area and checking them against your list of desirable features. Another good tip is to actually visit the facilities in question before making any decisions. This might seem like a very time-consuming endeavor; however, it is a good idea to check out things that you would otherwise be unaware of, such as the look of the location, how stable the surrounding neighborhood seems, whether the storage facility is as easily accessible as you imagined, whether the place appears to be well maintained, and the kind of condition that the existing storage units are in. Once you have taken these steps, the final choice should be an easy one.