How to Choose the Right Self-Storage Unit?
Which storage unit should I rent? There is no simple answer that to that queston. The reason for this is because there are many different factors to consider when choosing the right self-storage unit. What is the reason for the storage unit? Are you moving? Just Storing items? Will you need access to the items regularly? What is your budget? What type of items will you need to store? How much space will you need to store all your items?
As you can see there are many questions to answer other then just telling you to get a 10X10 unit. Let’s go through a few of these questions to figure out what you are really in need of!
What is the reason for the storage unit?
Are you and your family moving out of the area for a short term and looking to keep the items in storage unit until you return? This is a very common situation for people that are renting and maybe traveling for a few months. Living in Florida we come across many snow birds that are in this category. If you are moving out of town and not going to have room at the new place sometimes you’ll need to store some items in the new town. Its important to figure out what type of unit you’ll need since there are so many factors to consider.
Will you need access to the items regularly?
This is a personal question based on what you plan on putting in self-storage. If you plan on storing items that you will need regularly it will be best to rent a unit that has easy access. That means first floor preferably. If that is not an option, we recommend asking for the closest unit to the elevator on whichever floor they place you on. If you will not need regular access, then you may be fine getting a unit that takes a little more time to load and unload based on distance from the elevator. Different units will have different monthly costs based on many of these differences, which is why its good to keep these questions in mind.
What is your budget?
This is also an important question because self-storage units normally have a monthly rate. Depending on the area you are looking to store in the prices can vary depending on demand. Newer self-storage facilities normally run a bit higher in price then older facilities. Whether the facility is indoor or outdoor will also be a price factor and depending on what you plan on storing you may have flexibility in your choice. Shop around in your local area and get multiple prices! Many places offer deals based on how long you will be renting the unit and some even give a free first month when you choose to store your items there. Look around and figure out what is best for you and your needs.
What type of items will you need to store?
Very key question to answer is, what items will you be storing and for how long. The reason for this is because some facilities are air condition and climate controlled and some are not. You do not want to store certain items in a unit that is not climate controlled if you plan on leaving it in there for too long. This can cause mold, rats, bugs and possibly weather damage just from changing constantly. Here in Florida humidity can do damage to some items you may be planning on storing so we always recommend climate-controlled units if possible. If you are only storing patio furniture or things that won’t be affected by these possibilities, then go with an outdoor facility if you’d like.
How much space will you need to store all your items?
This is one of the most important questions to figure out before renting a storage unit. What size unit do you need? The last thing anyone wants is to load 80% of a unit they rented then figure out everything wont fit. At that point you’ll either must rent another smaller unit to fit the rest or rent a larger size and transfer everything. Both situations can be prevented if you figure out things ahead of time. Units come in 5×7, 5×10, 10×10, 10×15, 10×20, 10×30 and maybe even bigger depending on the facility you are looking into. Height is also a differing variable depending on the facility.
Based on these sizes though we can help your guestimate what size you will probably need. A 5×10 and smaller is not going to hold more than one-bedroom worth of furniture and maybe a few random items and some boxes. If you have a 2-3-bedroom house full of furniture that needs to be stored, we would suggest at least a 10×15. Again, all furniture sizes and number of boxes can affect this and the way the unit is stacked is very important. If you have a full 3-bedroom house with boxes and garage items, and patio furniture then be on the safe side and get a 10×20 if not a 10×30. Having extra space is much better then not having enough space.
How to the self-storage unit?
Another key note is to make sure you stack the unit in a safe way for your items and for whoever will be unloading the unit. Heavy bulky items always on the bottom and lighter boxes and misc. items on top. Using your Tetris skills will be necessary to make sure you can squeeze your items into whichever size unit you decide is best for you. Remember its always better to figure out all the factors and needs before you start loading a unit only to find out it is not a good safe place for your precious items. Having a professional moving company come out and give you and estimate is always advisable if you are unsure. Mindful Moving Services always provides free estimates for all potential customers! Give us a call if you need a professional opinion. We hope this article may have helped answer any questions regarding what self-storage unit may be best for you.