Self-storage units are extremely helpful assets when you lack space for all of your belongings in your home. Whether you’re downsizing, clearing out your personal storage space, or just need somewhere to keep your belongings between homes, a self-storage unit can be a life-saver.
However, there are a few things to consider when choosing a self-storage facility. You don’t want to jump on the first facility you find; not all self-storage facilities are created equally! That’s why it’s important to cover all of your bases and make sure the unit you choose will meet all of your needs.
Below, we’ll cover five important things to know about a self-storage facility before you rent a unit to store your belongings.
It’s important to know the hours in which you will be able to access your self-storage unit–after all, your belongings are in there!
Many storage facilities offer 24-hour access, but you should always check in case the hours are more limited. You should also consider the hours in which representatives will be able to provide assistance and maintenance. Should you ever need to access your unit at an odd hour and run into an issue, you’ll want the peace of mind of knowing that someone can help you as soon as possible.
Security is an absolutely essential factor when it comes to your self-storage unit. You’ll likely be storing some highly valuable items in there, whether that value is monetary or sentimental. That’s why you should always make sure the self-storage facility from which you plan to rent a unit is equipped with top-notch security systems.
Some good security measures many facilities take to ensure the safety of their tenants’ belongings include video cameras, fences, and door alarms. At a minimum, your unit should be passcode protected.
It would be a nightmare to rent out a self-storage unit just realize that there are restrictions around the items you hope to store within your unit. That’s why you should always double-check if there are any rules or restrictions regarding the storage of items in the facility.
Common restrictions when it comes to self-storage units include the storage of the following:
Imagine you arrive at your storage unit, ready to unload all of your belongings, and then… you realize there’s not nearly enough room to fit everything.
This is why you should always double-check the size of the self-storage unit you’re renting! Even when you’re sure of the size of a unit, you may be underestimating the amount of space your possessions will take up. For this reason, you should take measurements of all the belongings to plan to store within your unit and create a plan of how they’ll all fit. If you find that there’s not enough space in the unit you were planning to rent, you can find another unit or rent out additional space.
On the other side of things, you may find that you have an abundance of unnecessary space. In that case, you can see if there are smaller units available, and possibly save money while you’re at it.
Whether a self-storage unit is climate-controlled is a huge factor to consider when assessing your facility options.
When it comes time to retrieve your items from self-storage, you’ll want them to be as pristine as they were when you stored them; the right storage unit will keep them in the best shape possible. Certain items will require a climate-controlled unit for proper preservation. These items include:
That’s a wide list–it’s highly likely some of your belongings fall into one of these categories. If so, make sure you go the climate-controlled route!
At Tymac, our goal is to develop the best self-storage facilities in the region. That means our facilities are made with renters in mind. Our facilities are sure to meet all of your needs–so if you’re on the hunt for the perfect unit, you don’t need to look any further!
What’s more, we create investment opportunities so that our partners are able to see incredible returns when they invest in our facilities.
Whether you’re looking to rent, invest, or both, Tymac is a company you can trust.