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Choosing The Best Self Storage Location

What's in this article?
  1. Bear In Mind..
  2. Physically Inspect The Facility
  3. Special Storage Needs
  4. Portable Storage
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In some cases, we have too much stuff to take everything with us and keep in the new home. In other situations, we may need a temporary place to hold some of our things. Each move is going to have its own specifics and these are just a few of the many reasons to think about using self-storage facilities. Fortunately, there are a number of considerations and moving resources that can make it easier for you to decide which facility and location will be the best for your storage needs.

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Bear In Mind...

Look at your positions with a critical eye. Moving is stressful enough, even with a minimal amount of stuff. It is a perfect chance to downsize, so consider donating, selling, or otherwise getting rid of unneeded or unwanted items. With that in mind, also consider the following:

  • The more things you have, the more expensive storage will be. You could even hold a garage or yard sale to help pare down.
  • The longer you plan to hold items in storage, the more you will pay. Perhaps there is another option for your excess stuff (a friend or relative)?
  • Be sure to always obtain multiple quotes before choosing the best storage option.
  • Think about using portable storage.

Physically Inspect The Facility

Nothing beats a pair of eyes, especially your eyes. Be sure to look around and see that everything is well maintained or dirty and breaking down. The company should also have clear pest control policies in place.

Make sure to ask about their security policies. What type of security and/or surveillance do they offer? Also ask what their insurance policies are and compare them to your own company and plan. Also pay attention to whether or not they seem to be comfortable even answering these questions. Ask what types of things are prohibited, since this may vary from location to location.

Special Storage Needs

Special Storage Needs

In some cases, you might store something special. This could involve a vehicle, boat, or wine. If any of these apply to your situation, be sure to as what they can do for you. Some will even specialize in one or more of these. For example, boat storage facilities are typically located either in or close to a marina or body of water.

With wine, you will need to have a climate controlled unit. This will preserve the integrity of your vintage. If you are storing expensive or rare wines, you should also place a premium on the security offered.

Portable Storage

This may also be a viable option. The company will drop off a mobile container at your location, you pack it and then they come and pick it up. It is stored at their location or moved to your new location. This is a very economical option and it can also be very convenient.

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Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing. 

After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood. 

With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.

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