Over time, the pileup of personal belongings can become quite scary. As you walk from room to room, you may wonder 1) how you accumulated this much stuff and 2) what to do with it all.
Does this sound familiar?
As you sort through your possessions, you may find that while the collection creates clutter, it may also hold monetary value, personal value, or both. If you’re unwilling to part with these items, or need a temporary holding place, it might be time to look into an alternate solution.
Have you considered self-storage?
Self-storage is a convenient, reliable and safe option to eliminate excess mess and tuck items away for safekeeping.
As you research storage facilities nearest you, it might seem difficult to pick which one is the best fit for you. Below are several key considerations to help you assess and narrow your options.
Proximity to Home
Should you need frequent or easy accessibility to stored items, it may be important to select a nearby facility.
If your need for storage is during an upcoming move, consider a facility closest to your new home. This will help prevent unnecessary backtracking, especially if the two residences are far apart.
Before you commit to a location, ask yourself: How far am I willing to travel to access my storage unit?
Availability of Units That Serve Unique Needs
It’s incredibly important that you know what kinds of items you need to store, as well as if any require special storage care, such as a climate-controlled environment, to preserve their condition over time.
Items that may require a special storage unit can include, but are not limited to:
If stored improperly, sensitive items like electronics and instruments can morph over time. Additionally, unwanted exposure to elements can put items at greater risk for mold or discoloration.
If your possessions require special storage care, ask yourself: Which facilities offer climate-controlled options? And, do they offer unit sizes that can accommodate my collection?
Commitment to Keep Your Items Secure
When it comes to storage, security will carry a lot of weight—and with good reason! If you choose to store items outside of your home, you may be concerned about the safety and security of your stored contents.
To ensure safekeeping of your possessions, find a facility that makes security a top priority. Look on the property or ask a facility manager about the following on-site security features:
- A variety of storage unit lock types, such as recessed cylinder and hardened steel disc locks
- DVR surveillance
- Electronic passcode accessibility for entry gates
- Individual door alarms
- Lots of lighting fixtures
- Security fencing
Ask: Which location offers the security features that give me the greatest piece of mind?
Friendliness and Accessibility of the Staff
First impressions are everything. When it’s the right place, with the right people, you will know.
Beyond general assessments you will make for cleanliness, accessibility and feature availability, how are you treated upon arrival? Are facility personnel the kind of people you want to do business with and trust with your treasures?
Ask: Will I be comfortable directing my storage needs through this facility and staff? How will the treatment my possessions and I experience impact the overall storage experience?
What matters most to you as you assess storage facility options. We’d love to hear your thoughts!