Your belongings are important to you. That’s why it is important to select an effective storage solution when you lack the space needed to keep your belongings in your home or office.
Ask yourself the following questions to help determine the kind of self storage you might need:
- What are you storing?
Are you storing items commonly kept in a garage, such as yard equipment, or more fragile items such as furniture, documents or electronics? This will help you determine if conventional storage will suffice, or if you should select climate-controlled storage.
While there will likely be additional fees for climate control, a climate-controlled storage unit will have the greatest impact in preventing damage to your belongings due to temperature and humidity fluctuations. This includes furniture, clothing, electronics, documents and artwork.
- How much are you storing?
You’ll want to be sure to select a unit size that not only fits your belongings, but also allows some extra room to maneuver through your items, and store additional items as needed. From the equivalent of a small walk-in closet to a two-car garage, storage facilities offer a variety unit sizes to accommodate both large and small loads.
When you talk with a storage specialist about your storage needs, come prepared with the number of boxes, type and size of furniture, etc., that will be kept in your unit. Because we all pack differently, this information will provide a more accurate idea of how much space you will need.
Use our unit size guide to help estimate the storage unit size you will need.
- Are you storing any special items?
Certain items may require specific conditions or storage space. For example, a manufacturing or service company might require an outdoor space to store large, industrial trucks when not in use. On the other hand, a classic car owner might prefer a smaller, private area to ensure the car is protected.
Most self-storage companies offer a wide range of indoor and outdoor spaces to accommodate even the most unique storage needs. Be sure to ask about unique storage offerings, such as wine storage, as well.
Your Self Storage Plan
There are a lot of considerations that go into selecting the right storage solution for you. When in doubt, always speak with a facility manager about your needs. Facility managers are very knowledgeable about consumer, business and industrial applications to self storage, and will work with you to establish a storage plan that fits your specific circumstances.
Are you a self-storage veteran? What helped you in determining the type of storage and unit size for your belongings?