Maybe you’ve recently downsized your home or simply outgrown your current space- no matter what it is, it looks like now you need to find a place to put all of your unwanted or rarely used items. While a storage unit is typically a short-term option, it’s still a big decision to make. At Jackson’s Relocation Services we’ve gathered some of our top tips to help you choose the storage unit that’s best for you and all your possessions:
Choose the Right CompanyBefore you choose the right storage unit, you have to find the right storage company. Like most services today, you should do your homework and find a reputable company based on their service, offers and reviews.
Take a Look AroundOnce you’ve narrowed down the companies to one or two, plan a trip to take a look around. Depending on how long your items are being stored, having a storage unit can become a costly- yet necessary- expense. To ensure you’re getting the best value, consider the following:
- Ask Questions About Security and Care
- Inquire About Gate and Office Hours
- See the Unit You Would Likely Rent
- Ask About Move-In Specials or Discounts
Decide What Kind of Access You’ll WantStorage units today are vastly different than they were 10- 15+ years ago when you could easily access any unit from an outside door. Today the industry has evolved so that multi-floor buildings can house hundreds of units all with various points of access- and some with no access at all. From drive up units to those with hallway access to units that must be secured and moved by machinery, it depends on how often you’ll need access to your unit to help you make the decision on what’s best for you.
Determine How Much You Need to StoreFinally, the biggest decision revolves around the size of the unit you will need. A unit too small will likely not hold all of your items- or at the least make it hard to sort through boxes when you need to pull something out; while a unit too large is wasteful if you won’t be using all of the space available- and likely costing you more money than you need to spend. To help with determining how much space you’ll need, consider the following:
- Make an inventory of all the items you plan to store.
- Identify what items you will need to access in storage from time to time.
- Measure the packing size of all the items you plan to store.
- Add extra space to provide for ventilation and minimal room to move when accessing unit.
- Use your measurements to compare to the unit sizes and pricing of the company you choose to store with.