6 Tips to Get Lucky When Choosing Your Storage Unit
Posted on: March 19, 2020 | by: Zara Raza
The demand for self-storage continues to grow, and now, an estimated one in ten U.S. households rent a storage unit. Storage facilities can experience a number of first-time customers who have never rented a unit before and do not know what makes up a quality storage facility, from all aspects such as service, safety, and convenience. You may be missing out on all that self-storage has to offer with your current facility!
If you are one of these customers, or if you already rent a unit but are not satisfied with what all your facility offers, please read on to see what you should search for in a facility to ensure an excellent experience with self-storage.
1. Drive-up access
Who wants to walk a long way to get to their storage unit? Many storage facilities offer drive-up access, so you can save a lot of your precious time and energy.
2. Concrete facility
It is extremely important that your facility is made of heavy duty concrete to ensure your items will be safe in your unit. People who live in areas that experience high rates of natural disasters. such as in Florida and California are highly encouraged to only find storage facilities made of concrete.
3. 24/7 surveillance
There is no worse feeling than when you find out your precious items got stolen. However, with units under advanced 24/7 surveillance, you can verify the safety of your items. It is also a plus if your facility has signs warning potential burglars about the cameras, so they don’t attempt to break-in at all.
4. Offers merchandise (sign up for free lock)
There are a number of storage facilities that offer high-quality storage packing supplies such as mattress bags, tape, markers, and most importantly, locks. We highly suggest finding a facility that at least offers locks on-site just in case you already loaded your items in your unit and forgot to bring your own one. At Lighthouse Storage, we even offer a free lock when you sign up on our website!
5. Free moving truck
A lot of people who rent a storage unit for the first time are not aware that some storage facilities offer a free truck rental so you do not have to worry about taking multiple trips in your car or renting your own truck. When you are inquiring about different storage facilities, be sure to ask them if they offer this wonderful and very useful feature!
6. Units with A/C
We have mentioned this previously on our blog, but certain items need more protection from extreme temperatures. For example, wood tends to expand during the hotter climates, and shrink during the colder climates, and this constant process of expanding and shrinking can significantly ruin the quality and appearance of the wood. That is why we recommend finding climate controlled self-storage units. To see what else needs to be protected from such temperature highs and lows, please check out this post on 17 Items That Require Climate Controlled Storage.
We hope this post helped you realize that there is a lot more to self-storage than you initially thought. The idea of moving your items into a unit may initially feel like a tiring and even a scary process, but now you know that there are ways to make the process easier! If you feel confident about storage after reading this and have been thinking about looking into storage or transferring your belongings to a new facility, start your search today for the best self-storage units!