Lack of space is a growing problem in our busy, modern-day world. More often than not, we find our villas and businesses packed to the brim with different types of furniture, personal items, files and keepsakes we don’t want to part with. Whether you are downsizing to a smaller home, or your villa is overflowing with furniture and piled high with files from the office, your most viable option is to find a secure, trustworthy and convenient storage facility where your belongings and business assets will be safe and accessible. But how do you select the right storage facility? We’ve compiled a list of key factors to consider when looking for a self-storage facility.
Before you can begin the hunt for a proper storage facility, you need to define your storage requirements. Are you seeking a unit for a few personal items or do you require storage for business files and other larger items? When it comes to storage units, the size and type of unit will play a significant role in price.
Storage unit size. Are you looking for short term storage during a home remodel or office move? Are you seeking long-term storage to securely store excess furniture and heirlooms that won't fit in your villa? Deciding the size storage unit you need can be tricky. If you rent a unit that's too large, you’ll be spending additional money (i.e. larger units cost more to rent). On the other hand, if you rent a space that’s not large enough, your items won’t fit. Start by preparing an itemized list of the items and belongings you plan to place in storage. Be sure to include dimensions and size for larger items. This will help you decide the size storage unit you need.
Climate control. While a bit more costly to rent, climate-controlled storage units are ideal units for long-term storage of delicate items, or if you live in an area prone to extreme temperatures. A climate controlled unit will keep your items at the ideal temperature to ensure their protection and longevity.
When choosing a storage facility, location is essential. After all, you don't want to waste valuable time driving back and forth to your storage unit every time you need to access your stored items. If you require regular access to your stored belongings, be sure to choose a storage facility that is close to your home or office. If you don’t need to access your items frequently, you can widen your search to find the perfect storage facility in your area.
When searching for a storage facility, it's important to determine how often you’ll need to access your stored items. Do you require standard weekday access, or do you require a unit with access 24 hours a day, 7 days a week? Not every storage business is open 24/7, so be sure to research the accessibility conditions offered by different storage companies in your area.
If you are willing to pay to store your belongings, they are obviously valuable to you. So you certainly need to choose a storage facility with a safe, secure and solid reputation. To successfully prevent theft, accidents and other damage to the stored items, a storage facility should be equipped with top of the line security features. A secure facility has state of the art surveillance systems, fenced in property, security gates, keypad entry, live security guards, fire prevention equipment, and proper ventilation. Additionally, your personal storage unit should have a private lock and/or keypad to protect your stored items.
The condition and general appearance of the storage facility and their individual storage units provide great insight into the trustworthiness and reliability of a storage company. A reputable storage building will be in good shape with no structural damage. Any cracks or holes in the walls, foundations or roofs can be a sign of pest infestation, leaks or other problems. The facility should be clean, organized and include plenty of convenient parking with direct access to your storage unit.
Staff and Reputation
Word of mouth and reputation are a great way to determine which storage facility to store your items. When selecting a storage facility, you want to rent a unit with great staff that is known for providing safe and secure storage for your valuables and personal items. Are the on-site staff and manager friendly, responsive and well-informed about the facility’s operations? Does the facility receive good reviews and testimonials?
At MoreSpace, we provide modern, secure and safe storage for all of your needs. From personal storage and business storage units to short-term storage and long-term storage, and everything in between, our facility is equipped to store and protect your items as if they were in your personal care. We can help you grow your business while simultaneously providing the peace of mind that comes with knowing your business and personal assets are safe, secure and easily assessable. Contact us today to learn more about our business and personal storage options.
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