Using a Self Storage Facility
Everyone seems to have an abundance of items that they might need later, whether it be some building materials for that project you’re putting off, that lounge suite you may just have a use for but need to repaint the room, or simply just some treasured items you’d like to keep whilst you don’t have the space.
That’s where a ‘self storage unit’ comes into play.
Your first step is to be clear about your decision in regards to what you’ll be storing, which will make the next question, being what size you would like your self storage unit to be, a whole lot easier.
Assess the amount of space you’re going to require based upon what you’re going to be storing within the self storage unit; storage unit sizes can vary, from a simple storage locker to a unit capable of storing your car and other larger valuables. Once you’ve picked a self storage unit size you’re happy with, start searching for locations with your preferred unit size available.
Amenities, such as climate controlled units, security cameras, gates w/ access codes or multi-story units etc, can be available ( or unavailable) at varying self storage facilities, enquiring about these services is highly recommended when making your decision.
Another factor to consider is which days, and also, which times you’re going to be using your storage unit. Planning ahead and finding out the hours of operation for the storage facility, as well as which days they operate on is the best way to work around when you’re going to be needing it.
Nowadays, the Internet has made it remarkably easy to compare price, quality and space when it comes to storage units. Research a few websites, and see which might fit your needs best.
Reserving a unit is priority if you don’t want to lose your preferred unit to someone else. You can easily reserve a unit by calling, whilst some may offer reservations online as well. As long as you’re able to move in before or on the move in date, the unit is your’s if you’re able to claim it by paying either a deposit or the full owed price of the unit. Generally, a unit is rented and rent is paid weekly, bi-monthly or monthly depending on the storage facility’s terms and conditions.
Lastly, don’t forget about your unit, as ‘abandoned’ or ‘forgotten’ storage units with late or no rent paid for a while are susceptible to ‘storage auctions’, whereas the contents of a storage unit that has not been paid for or used for a long while will be auctioned off and cleared out for another person to use.