A beginner’s guide to self-storage rental
15 Feb 2022

A Beginner’s Guide to Self-Storage Rental

If you are not too familiar with self-storage and its multiple uses, you may be wondering how it can improve your life and how you can begin using self-storage in an impactful way. 

Luckily, we’ve created a beginner’s guide to using self-storage and renting it. 

Read below to understand how self-storage can be used and the questions to ask before renting or leasing a unit. You don’t have to go it alone; Jiffy Self-Storage has got you covered where it matters!

Choosing the Right Size

If you are unsure of what size of unit you will be needing, you can always consult with the storage facility for guidance. You want to ensure that you are choosing the right size of storage unit so that you don’t end up paying for unneeded space. 

However, it’s usually better to size up than to get a unit that is too small, as you may accumulate more things for storage over time. 

Measure beforehand and make an estimate of how many things you are actually storing so you’ll have a good idea of how much space you will need. If in doubt, contact a specialist for help.

Choosing the Best Facility

It’s always a good idea to take a tour of the storage facility you intend to rent from before signing the lease. Make sure that they are to your standards in terms of lighting, cleanliness, and layout. You can also get an idea of the security measures in place during the tour. 

Never hesitate to ask questions and get feedback from reviews if you are unsure. Ask questions about maintenance, insurance, and the hours of the facility. You can also inquire about inspections done on the property to give you some peace of mind.

Consider Your Leasing Options

When on the hunt for the perfect storage facility, you should never feel rushed or pressured into signing a long-term contract or making a commitment. Storage facilities should be offering monthly leases so you don’t over-commit yourself to a unit that you may not need long-term. 

Plans can change, and your storage facility should be accommodating and understanding of this. Ask questions about the lease if you are unsure, and don’t sign anything without reviewing it entirely.

Check On Your Items

It’s never a good idea to leave your belongings at a storage facility for an extended amount of time without checking in on them at all. Check on your unit from time to time to ensure standards are being met and that nothing is lost, damaged, or stolen. 

The sooner you notice your items are amiss, the sooner you can act to recuperate your losses or manage the situation. Therefore, never neglect basic maintenance and remember to check on your unit occasionally.

Choose Climate Control

Climate-controlled storage units are the golden standard when it comes to ensuring fluctuating weather conditions over time will not damage your items. Climate-controlled units protect your items from the elements and keep moisture and humidity at bay. 

Although these units may be more expensive than traditional storage, they are well worth the additional cost as they offer peace of mind and additional protection, especially if leaving your items for an extended period of time.

The worst loss of self-storage would be to discover your precious items are damaged, discoloured, or irreparable when you are ready to use them again. Choose climate-controlled storage units from the start, and you will be thankful not to have these issues in the long run.

Convenience and Insurance

Ultimately, you want to make sure that whatever storage unit and facility you choose is convenient for your lifestyle and unique needs. You might also opt for additional insurance to keep your mind at ease. Always ask your facility if they offer any kind of insurance for your items while they are being stored. 

Whatever you decide, make sure that you feel comfortable with your decision. Choose a storage unit that is conveniently located as well so that you don’t need to make additional detours whenever you are trying to access your items and get to the facility.


As you can see, self-storage has many uses, and there are some factors that you need to consider when it comes to choosing the best option for yourself. Self-storage can be used as a tool to optimize your business, save you money, and clear your mind. Don’t overlook the positive impact that self-storage can have on your life.

For more information on storage rental units in Toronto and the GTA, please call Jiffy Self-Storage at 416-74-JIFFY (54339) or contact us here. Our staff would be more than happy to help you find the right storage solutions for your situation, whatever that may be.

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Hammad Assan joined Jiffy Self-Storage in June 2012. He has over 20 years of experience in various Customer service, Sales and Management roles and is a Certified Self-Storage Operator through the Canadian Self Storage Association. His passion for sales and customer service has maintained Jiffy Self-Storage’s position as one of the GTA’s most successful Storage Facilities, as recognized by winning the Consumer Choice Award 22 years in a row, a perfect A+ rating with the BBB with zero complaints and a 4.5/5 Star Review rating on Google. Our tenants greatly appreciate his dedication to exceptional customer service and as a result Jiffy Self-Storage has been recognized and awarded for that. Please contact Hammad about any of your storage, parking, workspace or retail unit needs.

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