How to Pick The Right Storage Unit When Moving?
Picking a storage unit is one of those things that’s often an afterthought when moving, but it’s something you shouldn’t lost sight of. On top of the stress and planning involved in moving to a new home, the last thing you want to deal with is any sort of problem with the storage facility. Here are things to think about as you decide on which storage unit is right for you.
Know Your Space Requirements
This is the most important and toughest thing to figure out when picking a storage facility. There are some common estimates you’ll find that dictate how much space you’ll need based on how many rooms in your home, but that’s just a ballpark figure. The fact of the matter is that storage space requirements for two equally sized homes can vary widely.
Access To Storage
Another important consideration in picking a storage unit is how accessible it is, which can be influenced by a couple factors. The first are the hours of availability. Some storage units are available around the clock, others must be accessed during normal business hours. Make sure you keep this in mind as you consider when you’ll need to get your belongings and how long it will take to move them.
The second factor is how easy it is to get things in and out of the storage unit itself. If you have several large, bulky couches for example, you’ll want to make sure that there’s plenty of space in the hallways to maneuver, as well as in the elevator for easy moving.
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This is a more obvious tip for finding the right storage company, but keep in mind how close it is to your future residence, especially if it’s another city or state. With that said, do your research too. Just because a storage unit is near to where you’re moving doesn’t mean it’s the best option. Keeping the points above in mind, make sure they meet all your requirements and are a good fit for what you need in terms of service and availability.
Finally, you should consider the security of any storage company you consider. While almost every storage facility has locked gates that require a code for access, that doesn’t mean they’re all the same. If you happen to be storing any high value items, make sure to inquire about things like closed circuit cameras and overnight security guards.
Consumer Resources For Storage Units
Consumer Affairs - Consumer Affairs has long been one of the standards when it comes to finding reputable businesses in any industry. That still holds true for most of them, including home moving and storage.
Better Business Bureau - Another great resource to use when you’re researching a moving company or storage facility. The BBB provides a general letter grade for most businesses, as well as reviews and complaints.
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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