It’s remarkable how quickly personal belongings dear to our heart turn into seemingly useless items.
In situations such as this one, most people stop and ask themselves the following two questions:
- How did I end up with so much stuff I don’t use?
- What should I do with it?
Obviously, simply deciding to get rid of these items is easier said than done. Namely, once you actually start checking them out, you will not be able to avoid reminiscing about how you got each and every item and what’s more, you might even remember that some of those things are actually worth some money.
In any case, you’re bound to realize that, after all, you are not that willing to get rid of all those items for good. While this is quite a natural reaction, you’ll also be well aware that you cannot keep them all at home.
So, what can you do?
You can, and you should, consider self-storage.
It is the safest, most reliable and probably the most convenient way to keep the items you are unwilling to part with just yet. If you’re looking for a place to temporarily store away unnecessary personal belongings, self storage just might be the perfect solution. However, if you’ve never tried looking for the perfect storage, then you don’t entirely comprehend the complexity of the process.
Mind you — there are probably several storage facilities in the vicinity of your home. Therefore, narrowing your choice down to one perfect storage unit is going to be no easy feat.
We’re here today because we want to give you some pointers on how to select the perfect storage facility for you. Below are the questions you might want to ask yourself before committing to any facility.
How close is it to your home?
Whether this question is relevant or not will largely depend on why you need a storage unit in the first place. Furthermore, it will also depend on how willing you are to travel long distances in order to access your storage unit.
Do you need additional storage space for an upcoming move? Will you need frequent and easy access to the things you store away?
If yes, then it would be wise to commit to a storage facility in close proximity to your home. That way, you will save time and avoid unneeded backtracking.
Are your items safe there?
Although coming in at number two on our list, this question should be your number one priority. Obviously, whether a storage facility guarantees the unparalleled safety of things in their care is of great importance. It is even more important whether they deliver on that guarantee.
In order to ensure that the storage facility of your choice puts security first, make sure that they offer the following:
- 24/7 CCTV surveillance of all storage facilities
- Manned onsite security
- Entry gates which can only be accessed via an electronic passcode
- An assortment of padlocks you can choose from
- Individual alarm systems for every storage unit
- Plenty of lighting fixtures
Can the storage unit serve your unique needs?
Before actually committing to a storage facility, you need to know exactly what type of items you will be storing. Namely, not all items require the same level of storage care. Whether you’re storing artwork, clothing, documents, electronics, instruments, or photos, you need to ensure that they are stored properly. You will have to look for storage units that are not only big enough, but that also offer a climate-controlled environment.
Is the self-storage facility staff friendly and approachable?
Believe it or not, this is important, too. Great locks and top-notch security systems will account for little if the facility personnel fails to treat you well. It will be only natural to you to wonder how they would handle your belongings if that is how they act towards you.
Such questions only breed doubt. When you commit to a storage facility, you are not only looking for a place to put away your stuff. You are also looking for a place where you’ll feel comfortable with great customer care.