Important Questions To Ask Before Renting/Leasing A Moving Storage Facility
Inquiring about a particular facility sets you in a better position to make informed choices on the kind of storage facility you need as you move. Do not just go for something because someone has recommended it unless they are ready to take up the risk in case of a misfortune. Even when you have a professional mover searching for you, remember to supervise. This is because your preferences are entirely different from another person’s and you have reasons behind your choices.
Below are some of the questions you should ask:
What security system do you use?
You will want to know the alarm system and other security apparatus in place in case someone wants to break in. Get to know who the company’s security service provider is. Is it ACADEMI, TRIPPLE CANOPY or is it some other bush security company. Understanding the service provider will readily tell you the policy structure and whether you like their services or not. See the online reviews from customers and filter any negative comments. Choose a facility that is adequately manned; do not compromise on quality.
Is the facility fireproof?
Verify whether the storage facility is fireproof or has the right anti-fire apparatus fixed. Let the relevant personnel tell you of an episode where they had to fight the fire. Out of this, you will get to know their capability.
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Am I allowed to access my luggage any time?
There should be no limitation to entering the facility any time you wish. You want to pop-in, any time of the day or night and ensure that everything is in place. Sometimes yfou may want to get something from the store that you need to use - a company that has restrictions on your access may inconvenience you and therefore might not be your choice.
Is this facility insured?
You need a storehouse that you are sure if something happened and your luggage is no more, you will be adequately compensated. Inquire further to know the type of insurance they have; a full cover is your best option. Any facility with insurance cover will be charged higher than the rest. You better lose a few extra bucks and get your items properly insured.
What is the mode of payment?
Will you be paying on a monthly or weekly basis or is it for a specific period after which you will be moving? Your choice will depend on the time you wish to keep your luggage in their storehouse. If it is for more than six months, a month-on-month arrangement is the best choice for you.
You cannot exhaust the list of questions you need to ask the prospective service provider. Ask as many leading questions as possible. Notice where the person has difficulties in responding to your questions; body language will tell you a lot about the person. Above all, use your intellect and insight as you settle on a storage facility. Do your best and make your move easy.
Written By:Joe Webster
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.
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