Important Questions To Ask Before Renting/Leasing A Moving Storage Facility

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Important Questions To Ask Before Renting/Leasing A Moving Storage Facility
Important Questions To Ask Before Renting/Leasing A Moving Storage Facility

What Are The Important Questions To Ask Before Renting Or Leasing A Moving Storage Facility?

If you plan to need storage when you’re moving, there’s a few questions you should be prepared with before deciding on the right facility. In many cases, the moving company you use can help you find storage or might even offer their own storage units as part of their own services. Here are some of the important questions you should be prepared to ask when assessing storage companies.

Does the moving company offer storage?

This is often the easiest route to finding an affordable storage unit. If the company you use to help you with moving services has storage available, that can often lower the overall cost you’ll pay since you’re more likely to get a price break using just one company for everything, rather than working with two different options. 

What hours will you be able to access the storage unit?

The hours of operation are an important consideration since you may not always be able to coordinate everything during standard business hours. If you only have a limited window to move everything after work, that can cause a real headache if your storage facility closes at 6 p.m. Many offer after hours access, which is something you’ll also want to know before making a choice. 

What sort of security measures are in place?

If you’re entrusting someone to securely store your personal belongings, you want to make sure that safety and limited access are priorities. This goes hand in hand with the hours of availability and having a security system, or even better, on-site security staff, is a good way to ensure that everything will be taken care of while you take care of relocating and everything that goes along with it. 

A-1 Auto Transport is a certified moving and storage company that services the entire United States, including Hawaii and Alaska. We can handle everything from home moving to car transport to short-term storage for furniture and vehicles! Simply give us a call at 888-509-3213 to learn more about what we offer, or if you’d like a FREE cost estimate today!

Is insurance included in the price?

While you may assume that every storage company offers insurance and that their policies are mostly the same in terms of coverage, this is not always the case. The vast majority of storage units are kept secure, but that doesn’t guarantee that nothing will be damaged. To safeguard yourself against these rare occurrences, it helps to ask how such a situation will be handled, particularly if you’re storing anything of high value. 

How is payment handled?

If you need something beyond short-term storage, it’s a very good idea to get a good understanding of the terms. If you need six weeks of storage, will you have to pay for an entire second month, or will they prorate the payment so that you only pay for the time and space you use? Most storage companies are transparent about this aspect of the business and willing to work with you with some level of flexibility, but make sure you read the fine print and ask questions if you have any. 

Moving & Storage Resources

Best Moving & Storage Companies - If you’re interested in finding the best moving companies that also offer storage, this is the place to look. You’ll find information about the benefits of getting both services rolled into one and how that can be helpful when moving, especially long distance. 

Long Distance Moving & Storage - A similar resource to the one listed above, this article has more in-depth information about moving plus storage services for long distance movers. In our experience, most of our clients that require storage help tend to be moving to another state or across the country and this will help you navigate the landscape to find the best fit. 


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