How to rent a self storage unit

Some things in life can be very difficult: deciding on which college to attend, planning a wedding, trying to get the cap off a childproof container, etc. Fortunately, renting self storage unit doesn't fall in this category. In fact, it's an extremely easy thing to do. Here is an outline of how to rent self storage.

First, just like anything else in life that costs money, you need to set your budget and know what you can afford. Self Storage prices can vary greatly depending on the size of the unit and what types of features you are looking for. For instance, you may just need the standard, old fashioned unit with no frills and drive-up access from the outdoors. Even with these, you'll have a security gate for some protection. On the other hand, you may be storing valuable items that require climate control and are heated in the winter and air conditioned in the summer, located within the walls of an exterior building for extra protection and security. Other factors can include personal preferences, such as whether it's an older or brand new facility.

Location will almost always be a factor for anyone, and you'll probably want to find a self storage location in your area that's relatively close by. Google Maps is a great place to start your search, with the added benefit of being able to see the best and the worst reviews of each facility to help you make your decision.

Once you've decided on location and features, actually renting a unit is very easy. Unless you already know for sure what size you'll need, just let them know what you're going to be storing and they can help you determine the right size for your needs. You can always upsize or downsize later if you need to remove items from storage or add more. Typically, you will need 25 square feet per room. For example, a bachelor-sized apartment will usually fit in a 5x5, depending on the particular bachelor of course. An apartment with one common area and one bedroom will more often need a 5x10, but again that is a general estimate and may or may not apply to your specific situation. The self storage provider will show you the unit you need and allow you to can inspect it before you rent it out.

After you've settled on the right size, at the right, facility, with the right features and in the right part of town, you’ll be asked to provide your drivers license and a credit card, and to sign the rental agreement, which can vary in length but is more often than not month to month. And boom. It’s yours! You can move your stuff in immediately. If you have your own home or apartment insurance and can produce proof that it covers stored items, you can often have the storage insurance that most facilities require waived. Now the only thing left is to get your stuff from your home or apartment and into the unit. That's what friends and family are for :)

Published on: Mon, 15 Jul, 2019

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