When thinking about renting a self storage unit for a long period of time, you should consider factors that will affect your decision. Whether you are moving items due to lack of space or because you are trying to store a business’ important documents for a few years, it is important that you think about things that you wouldn’t have to for a short-term period.
Here are a 5 tips for you to consider for a long-term self storage unit:
Choose the Correct Storage Unit Size
Though it may be common sense, selecting the correct sized unit to fit all of your ideas is essential. There is nothing worse than realizing that your items will not fit into the unit you have rented after already signing a contract. Research a good storage unit size guide to be prepared for your circumstance.
Think about Insurance Requirements
Insurance is something most people wouldn’t think about when choosing their self-storage company. Although many fail to mention it until after you sign a contract, most storage facilities require you to have insurance. The last thing that you want is to be charged with omission due to your lack of knowledge about insurance requirements. Avoid this situation by addressing your questions upfront.
Do not be afraid to look into a 3rd party provider to verify that you will be fully covered. Ask about policies and deductibles, and if they cover things like fire damage, water damage or theft.
Watch Cost and Payment Options
Cost is most definitely a top concern when it comes to long-term storage, but payment plans can be equally as important. Just like other utilities, such as cable and internet, it is possible to set up an automatic billing process with many storage companies. If you plan to be on the go, this is especially convenient for you.
Many companies offer pricing discounts if customers sign long-term contracts. If this is the case for your storage unit company, you may get a big price cut for an upfront payment.
Check their Hours of Operation
If you do not need to access your unit often, accessing your items may not be a big issue. If you plan to periodically access your unit, however, the storage facility’s hours are important. Think about whether or not your facility will be closed in the evenings, weekends or holidays. Place your most essential items closer to the front of the unit for easy access.
Once you have established the self storage unit of your choice, you will need to consider packing accordingly. Make sure to protect your fragile items with bubble wrap. To avoid water damage, try to keep as many of your boxes off of the floor as you can. Cover furniture with tarps and wrap sensitive items in plastic bags before storing them away.
At Beltline and Security Stor-Alls, we take great effort in making sure our customers’ items are protected. If you have questions about our units, contact our team of storage specialists any day of the week at (251) 278-2968 or (251) 660-0366.