Posted on: 20 December 2019
If you want to rent a storage unit for the first time, you might be at a loss on how to go about the selection of the right unit for your valuables. After all, you need a unit that can protect your items without costing you an arm and a leg. Below are a few useful tips to help you with the selection.
Number and Size of Items
The number and size of the belongings you want to store determines the size of the storage unit to rent. This is important because storage facilities rent their units per square foot. Thus, the more things you have to store, the bigger the unit you need, and the more rent you will pay. The storage facility management can help you estimate the size of the unit you need based on your items. There are also online tools you can use for the estimation. Don't forget to organize your items in the storage unit to reduce the necessary storage space.
The duration of storage is important for two main reasons. Long storage durations result in high rental costs, which means every little bit of savings or every discount is important for long-term storage. Also, long-term storage may increase the risk of damage, which calls for better protection of storage items. For example, storage boxes deteriorate over time so high-quality storage boxes are necessary for long-term storage. Also, the risk of moisture damage also increases with the duration of storage. Therefore, it's safer to cram your storage unit for short-term storage than it is for long-term storage.
Nature of Items
Different things require different storage conditions. Some things require good airflow while others do not. Some things are sensitive to temperature fluctuations while others are not. Some items can easily be damaged by even a little moisture while others are safe from minor moisture exposure. Thus, you need to understand the nature of the items you want to store and get a storage unit that meets the necessary conditions. For example, extreme sensitivity to weather elements calls for climate-controlled storage.
Frequency of Access
Lastly, you should also know how frequently you plan to access the stored items. For example, you can cram your storage unit as much as possible if you don't plan frequent access. However, you need to organize the storage unit for ease of retrieval if you plan frequent access for the stored items. Additionally, the storage place should be accessible from your base of operations (home or office) if you want frequent access to the storage unit.
For more information, contact a self-storage facility.Share