22 Aug 2016

5 Questions Everyone Has About Storage Units

If you are at your wits’ end with trying to find the last remaining viable storage space in your house and don’t know how to go about uncovering it, it may be time to look to outside help. A self-storage unit at your local storage facility may be your best option. They are convenient, secure and can provide you with valuable storage space, freeing up your home to house the things that are actually important to your day-to-day life. If you are considering renting a self-storage unit, but have your reservations, below are five answers to common questions that everyone has about storage units.

Important Storage Unit Questions

Can I move in myself? There are many options available for offsite, DIY storage facilities where people move in and out themselves without the assistance of the facility. This means that you will be in charge of everything that you bring in and move out and will be responsible for any damage incurred to either your belongings or the storage facility itself.

Can I store appliances? You can store anything you like, as long as it is stored safely and properly and does not present a threat to your rental unit, or those surrounding it. Many appliances are not only heavy, but require proper disconnection before they can be safely stored. This includes gas appliances, which need to be properly turned off and sealed to prevent gas leaks, and things like washing machines, which need to be emptied of water before being placed in storage to avoid water damage to your own property and the property in adjacent units.

Can I place fine art and valuables in the unit? If you have fine art and other valuables, such as family heirlooms, that you would like to place in storage, they may need to be stored in a facility that is temperature controlled. This way you can prevent water and other elemental damage eroding their value, or destroying them altogether.

Will I have 24 hour access to my belongings? Many storage facilities provide their clients with 24 hour access to their belongings so that they can come and retrieve them at a moment’s notice. Others, do not. If what you are storing needs to be available to you around the clock, make sure your storage facility’s policy includes 24-hour access.

How secure will my property be? That question all depends on the security measures your facility has in place. If you are storing things that are valuable and require extra protection, you should make sure that the storage facility you are choosing has surveillance equipment installed and appropriate measures in place to monitor who is coming and going.

Self-storage is a godsend for many people. It frees up valuable space in their home for important everyday items and provides them with peace of mind that their property is secure and out of the elements. If you are curious about self-storage and are considering whether or not it is the right option for you, the above questions and answers may help put your mind at ease.

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