Five Factors to Consider Before Renting a Self-Storage Unit

2 Comment(s) | Posted | by Norm Kotoch, Jr. |

This post was originally published on February 16, 2011.

Price and proximity are often top of mind when researching self-storage facilities. However, there are additional considerations that consumers and business owners should keep in mind prior to selecting a storage provider

Below, we provide five factors to consider before signing a lease:

1. Facility Security

Select a storage facility that offers premium security around the property and individual units. Ensure your belongings are safeguarded with the following security features

  • 24-hour video surveillance.
  • Ample lighting.
  • Individual door alarms.
  • Passcode entry gates.
  • Perimeter fencing. Steel disc door locks.

Ensure frequent property checks are conducted, and verify the steps taken should a problem arise. Confirm that emergency personnel are notified when an alarm is activated to guarantee any potential threats are addressed promptly.

2. Facility Cleanliness

Tour the facility and individual storage units to visually verify the level of cleanliness. Ask your storage provider about day-to-day maintenance, as well as the facility’s cleaning procedures prior to move-in. Choose a storage facility with a full-time maintenance staff and the following features:

  • Barriers from harsh weather conditions (e.g., gutters, downspouts, seamless roofs and individual door seals).
  • Properly graded driveways with multiple sewer drains to direct storm water away from storage units.

3. After-Hour Access and Assistance

Work with a storage facility that grants storage unit access year round, offers after hours appointments and is accessible when it’s most convenient for you. Know how and when to contact facility representatives for assistance outside of operating hours or on weekends, even when the main office is closed. 

4. Self-Storage Insurance

Add a layer of protection to your belongings with self-storage insurance. Check if your storage facility offers an insurance program, or ask for a list of preferred insurance providers to contact. Consult with your personal insurance provider about options for insuring the contents of your storage unit.

5. Climate-Controlled Storage Units

Commonly stored items require climate control to preserve their integrity, even for short periods of time. Select a storage provider that offers optimally conditioned units to prevent your belongings from breaking, rusting or deteriorating:

Additional Considerations

Create peace of mind by visiting the storage facility to ensure proper security features are in place, meet with staff members and to discuss your storage needs in-person. Speak with a knowledgeable facility manager, and consider these five factors before selecting a storage solution that meets both your needs and budget.

What factors are most important to you when renting a self storage unit?

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  1. Jade Brunet's avatar
    Jade Brunet
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    It is good to know that one should find if the self storage unit is clean before committing. Knowing that your belongings are in a secure and sanitized environment would set you at ease. My friend has a self storage unit conveniently located just off the freeway and says that it is easily accessible.
  2. Norm Kotoch's avatar
    Norm Kotoch
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    I'm glad you found this post valuable, Jade! We strive to keep our units clean and easily accessible for all our customers.

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