Storage units are great things (most of the time). As long as you do your research and choose a site that’s secure, temperature-controlled, and has solid security, you won’t have to worry much about break-ins or extreme temperatures harming your property. It’s an excellent option for those lacking storage at home, people who travel frequently, or if you want to allow access to multiple people without the hassle of having them come to your home (just make sure everyone is on the rental agreement).
However, choosing the “wrong” storage site can happen if you’re not careful. While you’re figuring out the best site for your holiday storage needs, look beyond location and price. A subpar site can put your property at risk, and you might even get stuck in a legal dispute over rental payments if you forego a fair contract. Here are some of the most important things you deserve in a storage unit, so make sure they’re on your check list.
It doesn’t matter if you live in a fairly temperate zone or not. A really hot or cold day can destroy your property, even if you don’t think you have anything that’s vulnerable. Plus, if you suddenly have to dig through your belongings on a particularly chilly or sizzling day, you want to do so comfortably.
Even if the site features 24-hour security, officers can’t be near every unit at all times. Knowing there’s video surveillance will deter many thieves, and if the worst does happen you’re ahead of the game when filing insurance claims and police reports. Ask for a tour that includes pointing out the cameras, which should be obvious in order to ward off burglars.
Just because you prefer paying by check now doesn’t mean you always will. What if you go on an extended vacation or move out of state but still want to keep your unit? A site that offers multiple payment options, including online payments, is all about making things easy for you.
In addition to video surveillance, the site should also feature security officers who are well-trained and equipped to handle anything that comes their way. This is crucial not just in the case of a burglar or vandal. If a natural disaster strikes, having a professional who immediately reports the incident can minimize the damage. If a fire breaks out and there’s nobody available to notify the fire department, your entire unit might go up in flames.
Speaking of fires, even the securest of buildings can be at risk. A tested and high quality sprinkler system minimizes damage and maximizes the safety of anyone who happens to be on-site. While this is likely required in your state, that doesn’t guarantee that everyone’s abiding by it. Ask the site manager how often the systems are tested.