In the past, homeowners operated storage facilities for rent. The owner also organized the arrangements inside the store and occasionally moved items from place to place. This situation led to the loss and damage of clients' goods. Gradually the mode of doing business changed. Self storage facilities are now available with the renter securing the place under lock and key. Self storage facilities are now more prevalent and the renter has an opportunity to make an educated choice. However, you need to consider a number of factors before making a decision on the storage facility to rent from.
Determine the items that you would want to put in the facility. The size of those items will determine the size of the storage facility you need. After ascertaining the items, go out and shop around for a storage facility that will fit your goods comfortably. Consider not only the floor space but also the vertical space so that you get the best value for your money. In addition, speak with the staff working at your chosen facilities. They will provide appropriate advice on the kind of facility to rent from.
Consider the features offered, and the goods you want to store will determine the kind of facilities required. For valuable items such as paintings, important documents, books, and computers, you need a climate-controlled facility. This should protect your property from damage caused by extreme heat or cold. A climate-controlled facility will also prevent accumulation of dust and mold.
Consider also the location of the storage facility. If the items put in the self-storage facility require frequent access, then it is important to pick a facility that is close to your residence or work place. However, if the items stored do not require immediate or urgent access, then location may not be an important factor. You should also consider security of the goods put in the store. Credible self storage facilities should have elaborate security arrangements such as video surveillance, 24-hour guard and alarm facilities. The security of your property is of paramount importance.
Some storeowners provide other services such as insurance cover for the goods while in the storage facility. Other services on offer are mobile facilities where the owner of the storage facility moves it to the renter's house. After the goods are safely packed, the storage facility is moved back to the owner's premises.
Check and compare rental rates. Seek to benefit from any discounts on offer. Some self storage facilities provide discounts for long term rental of their storage facilities. Others offer discounts on the first month of rent while others provide free insurance. Make sure you understand the terms and conditions of service. Once you have identified a good self-storage facility, bargain on the price to get the best offer possible
Finally get to find a self storage facility with a good record of references. Consult others who may have dealt with that particular facility and find out their views on the service they got from them.
Pat Sievers is the owner of Everett Downtown Storage in Everett Washington. With over 25 years experience in the storage industry, Pat has helped hundreds of customers with a wide variety of storage needs - ranging from self storage units to indoor boat storage. For more great storage tips please visit EverettDowntownStorage.com