7 Things to Check Before Renting a Storage Unit

Published on 11/16/2021

7 Things to Check Before Renting a Storage Unit

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Accumulating too many possessions over the years doesn't necessarily represent a problem. The problem is, however, when you lack the space to keep all those possessions. Therefore, renting a storage unit always seems like a viable option. Still, it would help if you didn't take this easily. After all, you are choosing a perfect space to keep your precious belongings, not to get rid of them. So, this article will help you get properly informed and make sure you find the best option for you.

What to know before renting a storage unit

Even though you might think all the storage units are the same, you need to know several crucial things before renting one out. A lot of these things depend on what you plan to store and for how long.

For instance, if you are just moving to New York, to ensure your belongings will be kept perfectly safe, you will need to do your research and talk to professionals. An excellent place to start will be to hire a prominent moving company to get you here. Afterward, they can connect you with the best storage units providers in New York. This way, you will ensure you get the best recommendation from the professionals in the field and know your items will be safe and sound. However, it is still necessary to do your research to double-check. Read the Internet blogs, look at companies' websites, talk to friends and family who have been in a similar situation.

The location of the unit

If you are considering renting a storage space, you should aim it's close to either your home or your workplace. First of all, you will want to avoid the hassle of going back and forth to the unit, especially when the traffic is so heavy. Also, you will save money on petrol.

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You will benefit from choosing a storage unit near your home.

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However, if you don't plan on visiting your storage unit so often, it might be worth considering renting one outside of the city since the costs are lower.

Price and possible discounts

It would be best to take advantage of the large market with numerous storage unit companies. This means you are in a position to search and compare which of them suits your budget best

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Pricing is usually the number 1 thing to consider before renting a storage unit.

Additionally, there are discounts and promo offers to watch for as well. You could save a large amount of money by getting a decent holiday deal. That's why it's essential to research these options too.

Customer service experience and online reviews

Another factor that should significantly impact your decision-making is your experience with customer service since the first phone call. Excellent customer service should:

  • have respectful representatives;

  • quickly and correctly respond to your inquiries; 

  • be available whenever you need them (but it's in line with their working hours).

All the best companies are firm in establishing the best customer care service because they know this is the factor that goes a long way.

However, to be sure you avoid potential scammers, it's always good to research the internet. Blogs especially come in handy in these situations since they are written by real people (compared to a celebrity paid for collaboration).

Online reviews and ratings are comments also written by real people with the most authentic experiences. Someone who had a fantastic experience and took their time writing a positive statement for others to make sure they experience the same.

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Compare the customer's reviews and ratings in your research to ensure you find a trustworthy company.

Easy access when renting a storage unit

It would be best to find a storage unit facility that is compatible with your schedule. Then, based on their working hours, you will know if you can visit it after work or on the weekends.

Some facilities work after hours. Therefore, make sure you ask them about their working hours and whether they're open on holidays.

Safety and security of your items

Another thing of enormous importance is to consider the safety of the items you plan on holding there. 

Renting a storage unit means giving your belongings a second home. Luckily, with today's improving technology, many storage companies offer high standard security, such as alarms, cameras, electronic gate access, in-person surveillance.

Additionally, when it comes to the safety of your items, it would be good to check if the units are climate-controlled. If you live in an area where the weather constantly changes, this could be a great option. This way, you will ensure your items are protected from pests, leaks, dust, or rust.

Unit sizes

Self-storage units come in all different sizes. Luckily, unlike in your house, you can use all the space the unit offers. This means you can stack things all the way up to the ceiling. 

To make sure you select the best unit for you, check the company's unit size choices and recommendations. They are the best source of information when it comes to the size factor. So, make sure you tell your service provider what type of storage you have and how much of it. Then, they will give you the best advice when choosing an adequate size.

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Let your service provider know what you plan on storing so they can give you the best recommendation.

Insurance options

Finally, there's the insurance of your belongings. Some companies include insurance fees in their hidden charges, so make sure you know all the fees you are paying for.

Fortunately, many self-storage companies have their customer's best interests in mind. Therefore, those companies will give you the freedom to choose whether you want to have the storage insured or not. 

Final thoughts

These were the things you need to be aware of before renting a storage unit. Use this article as a starting point when you begin your perfect storage unit search. You need to get information on cost, size for proper packing, and customer experience. Good luck!