You've decided to rent a self-storage unit. Before you start packing up all of your extra office equipment, seasonal items, and furniture, there are a few things to consider.
The storage experts at Morespace have put together a list of considerations to help you determine which facility to entrust your personal items and belonging to.
- Location, Location, Location
Perhaps one of the most important aspects of a self-storage facility is its location. Be sure to research potential storage facilities to ensure it's in a safe and secure location. You also want to select a storage facility that is near your home or office.
One of the benefits of a self-storage unit is the ability to access your belongings when you need them. If you have to drive a great distance, this may hinder the frequency you can visit your unit.
- What Will You be Using Your Self-Storage Unit For?
What you are planning to use your space for and how long you will need to use your unit. Do you need a smaller unit to store extra files and paperwork? Or, do you need a larger storage unit for oversized furniture, sports equipment, and other seasonal items?
Self-storage units come in various sizes. Unlike your home, you can store your items from floor to the ceiling, making use of all the storage space. Make a list of the things you plan to place into storage. This will help you determine the size unit you need.
- Security and Access
Regardless of what you need your storage unit for, what's inside the unit belongs to you. You should be permitted to access your unit whenever you need to. On the other hand, you want to ensure there are security measures in place to make sure only authorised individuals can access your unit. Security is particularly important if facility access times include after-hours.
It's important to ask what security measure the storage facility has in place to protect not only your belongings but also for you personally when you visit the unit. Consider the following: does the storage facility have roving security guards; are there motion-detected lights, smoke alarms, security cameras, or a high-tech security monitoring system?
- Physical Condition of the Storage Facility
What you see is usually what you get. When it comes time to decide which storage facility to rent from, always ask to inspect the facility and individual units. Pay attention to the amenities the facility offers such as an office/showroom, access gates, security cameras, etc. Carefully inspect the property to determine whether the current owner is keeping up with repairs or if the facility has some neglected maintenance.
How does the roof look? Are the unit doors easy to open? Are locks and latches new? Do you notice any signs of visible leaks roof, insect infestation, or cracks in the foundation? All of these visible signs are important as to how the storage facility is maintained and to the security of your stored items. The last thing you want is damage from a leaky roof or insects.
- Is the Storage Facility Climate Controlled?
When it comes time to rent a self-storage unit, climate control is a must. In addition to keeping the temperature within the optimal range (heating or cooling), a climate controlled unit will also maintain humidity levels. This will help to reduce the risk of mold and other damage caused by temperature. Secure, temperature controlled storage allows you to conveniently store business and personal items that aren't needed at the moment.
At Morespace, we provide modern storage facilities centrally located in Dubai. Our affordable units are secure, temperature controlled, dust free, and pest controlled. Whether you need a storage unit for a few months or for long-term storage, we've got you covered.
Contact Morespace professionals and together we can determine which size storage unit will best suit your needs! We look forward to hearing from you.
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