Storage Facility Rental Tips

Storage Facility Rental Tips

Storage facilities make our lives so much easier and more organized. Imagine being able to store your items without having to clutter your home! Whether you are looking to use a storage facility in the short term for in-between moves or long-term storage, there are some important things you need to consider. You want the peace of mind that you have chosen the right company for your storage needs. Bekins Moving Solutions is happy to let you know what you should be looking for in your storage facility rental service.

Compare Storage Facility Options

Every storage facility will offer different storage options and prices. You will need to examine and make comparisons between as many different storage facilities as you can in your local area before making a commitment. Collect information about the available sizes, locations, rental terms, and prices. It is helpful to create a spreadsheet or list so that you can easily compare companies.

Consider Security

Of course, the primary concern when choosing a storage facility is ensuring your items are safe and sound. Ask the company about their security system, whether they have staff on-site, and if they have ever had any security issues. It is also helpful to visit the storage location before signing any agreement. Ask for a tour and look for any building damage, unsecured entries, or other red flags.

Temperature Control

If you are storing temperature-sensitive items, you will want to ask about the temperature control available inside their facilities. Some items could become damaged if there is not adequate temperature control including wood or leather furniture, artwork, medical equipment, lab equipment, and other sensitive materials. Having your items kept at an acceptable room temperature is crucial for protecting them, especially in the long term.

Check Rental Terms

Never sign any rental agreement without thoroughly reading the terms. If you have any questions or concerns, bring them up to the storage facility. If you still aren’t satisfied with their answers, consult with a legal professional to review the contract. Remember, the deposit you put down should not be greater than 50% of the monthly rent. If they request a larger percentage, it should put you on alert. Ensure that your lease agreement that the agreed price cannot be changed for a minimum period of six months. Otherwise, you may have the storage facility holding your items hostage with ever increasing rent.

Prepare for Storage

Before you move your items into the storage space, you will want to prepare all your items properly. Make a list complete with pictures of all your items that you will be placing in the storage unit. That way, if any damage occurs, you will have pictures of everything for insurance to reimburse you. Clean and dry all your items thoroughly and protect what you can with bubble wrap and tape. When you take the proper precautions before placing items in your storage, you are sure to get your belongings back in pristine condition.

If you would like more information about quality storage options, contact Bekins Moving Solutions. Call (877) 594-1187 to get your free storage estimate today!