3 Tips For A Positive Self-Storage Rental Experience

Posted on: 26 June 2016

Whether you're downsizing to a smaller home or have inherited a lot of belongings from a relative who has passed away, a self storage unit is a great solution when you just have more stuff than you can store at your house. There are several things you can do to ensure that your self storage rental experience is positive. Use the following tips when renting a self-storage unit:

Look for a Secure Self-Storage Facility

When placing your belongings in a storage unit you want the peace of mind that they are safe and secure, so it is worth your time to find a self-storage unit that has excellent security. You may want to choose a facility that is gated and requires a unique code to access the property; a facility that has several security cameras that are monitored and are on 24/7 is also a sign of good security. Additional things to look for is a self-storage facility that is very well-lit at night and has a night guard to patrol the grounds.

Inquire About Pest Control

Pests may be small, but they can do a lot of damage to your belongings. Roaches can infest cardboard boxes full of your items, mice and other rodents can reproduce quickly and then destroy everything from linens and clothing to furniture and electronics, and moths can cause a lot of problems. Prior to signing a contract to rent a storage unit, ask about the facility's pest-prevention plan. It is in your best interest to select a facility that has a comprehensive and on-going plan to prevent and eliminate pests on their grounds.

Determine Whether You Need a Climate Controlled Unit

While a large number of self storage units are outdoors, there are facilities that offer indoor climate controlled units. If you live in an area that is extremely hot in the summer, freezing in the winter, or has very high humidity, it may be worth the extra cost to rent a climate controlled unit. Items like solid wood furniture, documents, photographs, and electronics can all be affected be extreme temperatures and humidity, so if you're storing these types of items you may need a climate controlled unit. It is also a good idea to arrange for a climate controlled unit if you're storing anything that has a lot of sentimental value and can't be replaced in the event that it is damaged while in an outdoor storage unit. 

To learn more, contact a self storage company like Diaz Super Storage