What To Look For In A Self-Storage Facility

Posted on: 20 January 2019

Self-storage facilities are a great way to hold onto the valuable and larger items within your home that you still love and want to have access to, but simply do not have the storage space within your home to keep laying around throughout the year. However, despite all having the same function, self-storage facilities can come with different features, which can affect how well they can meet your storage needs. Understanding some of the things that you should look for in your storage facility can help you find the one that is the most secure and the best choice for keeping your items in.

Sizing

The first and arguably the most important thing that you should note about your storage facility is the range of storage sizes that they offer. Some facilities are specialized in short-term storage and thus make use of smaller unit sizes. This obviously won't work if you are trying to store a motorcycle and all of your furniture. Further, you should see if your facility offers storage options for larger vehicles like RVs and boats, since they often require different care and much more space than traditional self-storage options.

Security Features

While not a singular thing to look for, you'll want to make sure that you choose the storage facility that has the highest degree of security features. Look for things like closed-circuit TV cameras, a fenced-in area, security guards on site, and the ability to put your own lock on your storage unit, all of which indicate that your items are at a very low risk of being stolen by an intruder.

Climate Control Capabilities

Another thing to take under consideration, especially when storing valuable antiques or fragile items like upholstered furniture and rare books, is whether your storage facility offers climate control capabilities. Climate controlled units are designed to moderate the amount of humidity within them, reducing the risk of moisture damage and mold growth. Further, they can help protect against extremely high or low exterior temperatures, acting as an insurance policy for your more valuable items.

Easy Access

The most convenient storage facilities will be able to be accessed at all times of the day. They will also provide vehicle or drive-up access, which means that you can pull your vehicle right up to the entrance of your storage unit. This is more than a convenience factor: lugging heavier items on a dolly over a long distance increases the risk of personal injury, as well as accidental damage to your items if they end up falling over or it begins to rain or snow.

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