With the popularity of self storage units increasing, we have become spoiled for choice. But with so many options, how do you find a storage facility that’s reliable, trustworthy and caters for your specific needs?
Here’s a guide on what to consider when renting a storage facility.
1. Safety & security at the forefront
Just because your items are in a storage facility doesn’t mean they are no longer valuable to you.
A facility that recognises your possessions are precious will take steps to ensure safety and security on their premises by having the following measures in place:
- 24/7 security cameras
- An alarm system
- Perimeter fences
- Fire safety: fire extinguishers, fire alarms and sprinklers
- Locks on every storage unit
- Good lighting
- Video monitoring
2. Location matters
It can become quite a hassle if your storage facility is far away from your home or work, especially if you need regular access to your belongings. Therefore it’s crucial to ensure that the location is close to you for added convenience. However, location will matter less if you don’t need regular access to your storage unit, and it’s important to note that more affordable storage units can be located outside of urban centers.
3. Nothing quite like flexibility
Don’t be left stranded! Check the company hours to know when you have access to your unit. It can also be handy to know how often you need access to your items and base your choice on this. However, this is not always easy to predict, and it makes sense to go for a facility that provides you with 24/7 access. Imagine the peace of mind you will have knowing that you can retrieve or store items all day. But not every storage facility provides this access. Enquire about this before you sign any contracts!
4. Size up your needs
A larger space usually means a higher cost, so cut unnecessary expenses by checking the storage unit sizes against your storage needs. A worthy storage company offers a variety of different sizes. Consider things like the number of items that will need to be stored, height, width and future (long-term) storage needs.
5. Get your ducks in a row
Avoid biting off more than you can chew by working out your budget. It’s a good idea to start with a list of shortlisted features you will need and find the one that best fits your budget. But be wary of unusually cheap storage units, this could be a sign of cutting corners like security or neglected units. Always shop around first and try to get at least three quotes before you decide.
6. The devil is in the detail
Keep a look out for leaks, holes, pest control issues and the general upkeep of the premises. And if you find evidence of these – run the other way. A good storage unit will be well maintained and kept in good pristine condition.
Having a clear idea of your storage needs and what to look out for in a self storage facility, will make the process a breeze.
At Masons Self Storage we fit the bill to a tee, thanks to our state-of-the-art storage facilities, 24/7 access, robust security, a variety of self-storage options and an incredible team that makes it all possible.
We offer affordable, high-quality self-storage units across the Vale of Glamorgan and to the west of Cardiff. To get your search underway, email our team at: email@example.com or give us a call on 0800 533 5708.