Whether you are getting ready to move to a new city, going through a divorce of dealing with some other major life change, temporarily moving your possessions to a self-storage facility can make a lot of sense. Stashing your items in a self-storage facility gives you time to get settled in your new home, work things out with your soon-to-be ex-spouse and gain some breathing room while you get your life together.
Storing your temporarily unneeded items in a self-storage facility can be a smart short-term move, but only if you choose the right place. Not all storage facilities are the same, and you need to choose one that will safeguard your possessions with the same care you would. Here are some tips to help you choose the right self-storage facility for your needs.
Check with your insurance company to make sure their-protection extends to possessions stored off-site. If not, ask the self-storage facility about the availability of supplemental insurance.
Ask about payment options and what will happen if the payment does not arrive on time. After a grace period, most self-storage facilities will auction off the goods of renters who fail to pay.
Check the security of the facility before entrusting it with your precious possessions. The facility should have a tall fence and a secure perimeter, supplemented by video monitors, recording devices and 24-hour security.
Ask about pest control procedures in and around the self-storage facility. An infestation of insects, mice and other pests could destroy your furniture, clothing and other expensive possessions.
Consider a climate-controlled storage unit, especially if you will be storing upholstered furniture, clothing, appliances, books or important documents. These items could be damaged by sudden changes in temperature or an accumulation of moisture.
Inspect the storage facility carefully before you sign any contract or move your items in. Are the units clean and well maintained? Are the staffs friendly and easy to work with? And should you need some fragile movers?
Review the cost of each size unit and determine how large a space you will need. You do not want to cram your items in to too small a space, but you do not want to pay for unused storage either.
Make sure the storage units are accessible via moving: ruck or pickup if you will be storing furniture and other arge bulky items. You do not want to be blindsided when it is time to move your stuff.
These tips can help you choose the best storage space for your- precious possessions. Self-storage facilities provide a valuable service in today’s mobile world, and knowing what to look for and what questions to ask will make these spaces even more valuable.