The average home size has increased, but people still don’t have enough room to store all their stuff: the toys, the clothes, the extra TV they just might need again someday. Instead of getting rid of things, more and more of us are renting space at self-storage facilities.
Nearly ten percent of all U.S. households currently rent self-storage units, according to the Self Storage Association. In fact, there is 7.3 square feet of self-storage space in this country for every person in the country.
While self-storage facilities seem to be nearly everywhere these days, how do you decide which one to choose?
What to Consider When Choosing a Self-Storage Facility
Begin by checking out several self-storage facilities in your area to see which one might best meet your needs.
- Make sure the facility has adequate security measures, including a fence around the property and controlled access, preferably by a coded security touch pad. Around-the-clock video surveillance adds even more security.
- Inspect the storage units to make sure they are clean and well-maintained.
- Make sure the facility has units that are the right size for your current – and future – needs. You don’t want to spend money on unnecessary storage space. However, if you’ll have more items to add in the near future, you don’t want to have to move.
- Check out the facility’s climate-control system. This is especially important if you plan to store upholstered furniture, clothing, appliances, books or papers that might be damaged in a damp environment or by extreme temperatures.
- Ask the manager what type of pest control measures are in place to protect against rodents and bugs that could destroy your possessions.
- If you’re storing large items, make sure the units are accessible to a pickup truck or other delivery vehicle – for both loading in and bringing out your items.
- You may want to check with the local police department about any incidents of theft from a facility you’re considering.
- Read the fine print on the contract before signing to make sure you understand all the conditions.
- Check with your insurance carrier to make sure your homeowners policy covers personal possessions kept in self-storage facilities. Most facilities also sell supplemental insurance.
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