Self-storage is a booming industry, which has seen a doubling of numbers in Canada in the past decade due to the condo boom, downsizing, renovations and growing children, to name but a few. To make the most out of your self-storage unit, here are several things to keep in mind:
- Compare Monthly Fees.
It is in your best interest to shop around to find the best offer in terms of monthly fees as prices are often negotiable. Monthly fees can vary depending on the location and the size of the unit. Use the website’s size calculator to determine the size you need so that you don’t rent a bigger unit than necessary, as larger units will generally be rented at a higher cost.
- Shop Around for the Best Introductory Deals.
Many storage units offer great introductory offers, such as one month of free storage. Keep all of these introductory offers in mind so you can ask your storage unit to match a competitor’s offer. Some storage units even have a truck you’re able to rent for moving in, so be sure to inquire about this.
- Always Inquire About Promotions.
Storage units usually always offer a variety of promotions and discounts throughout the year. Ensure that you inquire about these and if they don’t have any, and consider asking for a discount on a less desirable unit.
- Consider Spending a Little More on a Climate-Controlled Unit.
These units run a little more than the typical storage unit, but may be well worth it in the long-run to protect your valuables from extreme fluctuations in temperature or humidity, which can encourage mold growth. This is especially important for photos and artwork.
- Check Security Measures & Overall Safety.
Look for a storage unit that is well-lit and has an alarm system located on the premise. Video surveillance is also ideal. Keep in mind that an indoor unit will provide more security than an outdoor unit.
- Check the Location of the Storage Facility.
This is important because you will want to feel safe if you have to visit the storage facility late at night, for example. Ensure that the location of the storage facility is secure and preferably has a fence.
- Check the Location within the Storage Unit.
To ensure maximum security, consider finding a storage unit located near the main office, which tends to be more trafficked as it’s likely near the entrance. Any potential burglars will avoid these areas.
- Purchase a Disc-Style Lock.
This is the hardest type of lock for thieves to break-into, drastically reducing the chances of your unit being broken into. However, you should go with a company like Jiffy Self Storage who already have a high level of security measures put in place to ensure your belongings are cared for.
- Take your Own Inventory.
Take a detailed inventory of the contents in your storage unit (as well as serial numbers) and keep this record in a safe place. This will not only be convenient for you in the long-run, but it is also especially important in the event of theft, when a police report would need to be completed.
- Take Photos of the Items in your Storage Unit.
In the event of theft, this is be beneficial for both the police and your insurance company.
- Purchase Shelving.
Get the most out of your unit by purchasing additional shelving, providing more space.
- Check the Accessibility Hours.
Check the hours that you are able to access your storage unit and ensure that they match your needs. For example, some have 24-hour access, while others are only open during regular business hours. This may not be idea for people who work throughout the week.
- Check the Access Policy.
Each storage facility provides access rights to authorized people only, so consider adding all family members or friends who might need access at some point. Also consider the different means to access the unit, ranging from special codes to keys.
With a little extra effort, you can ensure that you get the most out of your storage unit! For more information, tips, and ideas, contact the Jiffy Self Storage team today.