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Factors to Consider When Shopping for Self Storage

No matter how much storage space you have, it never seems like it’s enough. Before you know it, closets are stuffed beyond capacity and you’re utilizing space you’d rather dedicate to other uses as storage space. Reclaim all that space by renting a self storage unit.

There are many self storage options from which to choose and it’s important to find one that meets your personal needs. Obviously price will be one consideration, but it shouldn’t be the only one. There are many factors to consider before you rent a self storage unit to ensure you rent the one that is best for you.

Size – There are several different sizes of self storage units available, from small units the size of a cubby or closet to units large enough to store a car or boat. The larger the unit, the higher the rent. To avoid paying money for space you don’t need or renting a unit that’s too small, take inventory of everything you plan to store so you know how much space you require. Keep in mind that using shelves can help you maximize your storage space.

Location – If you anticipate that you will need frequent access to your unit, choose a location close to your home or office. This will allow you quick, easy access to your unit when you need it. However, don’t be afraid to look beyond your neighborhood. It may be worth traveling a little farther to rent a storage unit that offers better features, more size options, or better security.

Lease term – Consider how long you plan to use a storage unit. Don’t sign a long-term lease if you only need the unit for a few months. AAA Self Storage of Topeka offers a month-to-month lease that allows you to rent for as long as you need without locking you into a long-term commitment.

Security – In addition to ensuring that the contents of your storage unit are safe and secure, you also want to look for a storage unit facility with features to ensure your personal safety while on site. Features to look for include controlled access, 24-hour surveillance, and ample lighting. Also, be sure to secure your storage unit with the right type of lock. Traditional padlocks can be easily cut with bolt cutters, making them ineffective at preventing theft. Instead, opt for a disc lock which has shown to be much more secure.

Accessibility – You never know when you may need something from your storage unit. Make sure that you choose a facility that offers 24-hour access.

Climate control – If you plan to store items that may be negatively affected by extreme temperatures look for a unit that offers climate control. This includes items such as electronics, computer equipment, documents, books, photos, clothing, fabrics, and furniture.

Contract – Don’t sign on the dotted line until you’ve read the contract thoroughly. Make sure you understand everything and that there are no unexpected fees, requirements, or restrictions. Also, ensure that the rate and rental terms are stated clearly so you don’t find out later that the great deal you thought you were getting was only a short-term special.

Insurance – Just as you would your home, be sure to insure the contents of your storage unit against theft and damage. Some homeowner’s policies or renter’s insurance will cover the contents of your storage unit. If not, the storage facility may offer insurance or be able to direct you to an insurance provider.

Take the time to visit several self storage unit facilities to make sure the one you select is the best one for your specific needs.