Storage Guide: How to Choose From Storage Options

Making Your Storage Decision


When it comes to moving there are no small decisions. Choosing a storage space that works for you is no exception. Here are some important factors to keep in mind when picking a storage facility:

Location
Consider the proximity of the storage facility to your residence and the time and expense associated with frequent visits to the location. Many consumers find that a storage facility located close to their residence better meets their needs. You could also choose a mobile storage option. You may store your mobile unit on your own property, another location, or have it stored in a storage facility.

Convenience
While the location of the facility is important, you may also be interested in the accessibility of your storage facility on weekends and evenings.

Security
Understand the security in the storage facility that you choose. How will your household goods be stored within the storage unit? What kind of security does the facility have, both during regular business hours and after hours? If you choose a mobile storage, understand how your unit will be secured.

Size
Most storage facilities and mobile storage options offer a wide range of storage choices when it comes to size. Discuss your needs, both current and future. The facility can help you find the unit size that best matches your budget and storage needs.

Price
Storage facilities have a range of prices for their storage units, depending on the size of the unit and the length of time that you will be renting. Storage facilities operate in many ways like real estate options. They seek to optimize the use of their available space. The fuller they are at a given time, the less likely they will have special offers or discounts available. Mobile storage companies will often provide incentives for longer rental of their storage units.

Insurance
Storage facilities will have their own insurance but it is important to understand what would happen in case of a disaster, especially if you plan to be storing high value items. Ask what would happen to stored items in the event of a fire, flood or other natural disaster

Special Needs
Many locations offer storage units that are climate controlled or provide other special storage accessories. Discuss your needs with your sales representative and he or she will help you find the best option for you.