What's Behind Door Number 1: Choosing Your Ideal Storage Unit

25 February 2015
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There are many reasons to get a storage unit. Maybe you are about to move and need an interim place to put your things. Or you have a special hobby that takes up a lot space, or maybe your house is just a bit too small to keep everything inside it. Whatever your reasons, choosing the right storage unit is more important than you might think. Here are some things to consider when choosing your storage unit. 

What Will You Store?

Early in the process, you need to get a good idea of what types of items you are going to store. Are they fragile? Susceptible to hot and cold? Will they be boxed? Storing a piano is much different than storing quilting fabric. If you are going to store something that won't do well in temperature cycling, you should get a climate-controlled unit. These are generally more expensive, but are located indoors and will be similar to having your items in your home. 

How Much Space Will You Need?

The average American has about four square feet of storage space that they pay for each month. When you multiply that by the population in the U.S., you get over a billion square feet of storage space! So how much of that should you grab? Units are usually sold in 5 x 5, 5 x 10, or 10 x 10 feet sizes. You can get much bigger units, but those three are pretty standard. Look at the things you are going to store and make a decision. If you think it is going to be close, get the next size up, as stuff always takes up more space than you think.

How Much Security Do You Need?

Not all storage units are created equal. Some have on-site personnel 24/7 to monitor cameras and walk the grounds, while others just have a rusty gate keeping ruffians out. In general, you should always get a secure and robust lock. If a criminal does want to get in, they will probably go for the unit that is easiest to break into. If you are going to store valuable items, make sure the facility is indoor, well lit, and has a good security system. You will pay a premium, but you will get good service and peace of mind. 

How Often Will You Access Your Items?

If you will be getting into your unit on a weekly or monthly basis, it needs to be located close to your home. This may limit your options, but it will save an enormous amount of time. On the flip side, if your items will be in storage until you can move into a bigger home, you will have better selection and price competition. 

 For more information, contact Allsafe & Storaway Self Storage or a similar company.