How to Choose The Best Storage Unit

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Need A Storage Unit?

Renting a storage unit can be the ideal solution to many people in the process of moving, waiting for a new home to be built, or looking to downsize. Having a storage unit can enable you to enjoy more space in your home and bring you peace of mind that your possessions are secure.

However, choosing a storage unit is not necessarily a simply task, and thought should be put into the process, in terms of what you’re looking for and how renting a storage unit will best work for you.

Start by asking yourself these questions:

  • Do you have the budget to allow for a monthly payment?
  • What size storage unit do you require?
  • Do you need a short or long term storage solution?

If you know the answers to the above you’re ready to read on.

What To Look For in a Storage Unit

If you haven’t rented a storage unit in the past, it can be tricky to know what to look for. There are certain things that you should not compromise on when choosing the right storage unit for your needs.

Affordability

Renting a storage unit is a monthly expense that requires commitment, at a time that you’re most likely already facing many other payments, particularly if you’re in the process of buying a house.

The size of the unit you need will impact how much you pay for the space – so think about exactly what you will need to store before you commit.

It is also wise to shop around for the best prices available. However, there are other factors that are more important than getting a slightly cheaper deal – choose the storage company that brings your peace of mind and convenience as well as a good price.

Storage Unit Location

The location of your storage unit varies in importance depending on how often you’ll need the possessions you’re choosing to store. If you’ll need them on a regular basis, it’s perhaps worth paying more for a location close to home.

Units closer to busy cities are often more expensive. If you won’t need to access your storage unit often, choosing a unit further out can help you save money.

Security

Along with price, security is perhaps the most important factor to consider. After all, you want your possessions to be safe, and security can bring you peace of mind.

A good quality storage facility will be fenced in and have a secure access gate. The gate should either be protected by a live guard admitting entrance, or a security keypad. Many storage companies also invest in surveillance systems.

It is also a good idea to ask the storage company what insurance options they have. It’s always wise to choose a company that offers insurance in case of fire, theft, or natural disaster.

Accessibility

Storage units often come with a range of access options, including 24/7 access, weekday access or access on demand, with 24/7 access as the most expensive option. Think about how likely you are to need your possession at an irregular time, and whether this is something you can compromise on to reduce to cost of storage.

What is the Best Size Storage Unit?

Storage spaces range from 5’x5′ units to 10’x20′ units – that’s the difference between a bedroom closet and a space to store your three-bedroom house. Think about what size is right for you and remember this is another factor that will affect your monthly payments.

Condition

Building cleanliness and condition will certainly vary between storage companies – be sure to go and view the storage space for yourself to ensure it is somewhere you’re happy keeping your possessions for an extended period of time.

Good luck finding the storage space that’s right for you!

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For more information on Residential Storage or Corporate Storage needs, please contact Piepho Moving & Storage. We offer FREE Quotes on any and all of your moving and storage needs in the Minneapolis, MN area!

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