The Key Factors
For Choosing A Storage Facility .
There may come a time when you need put some of your belongings in storage. This may be just a short-term need or it could be on a more longer term basis.
The need for a storage facility might be because you need a place to store your items until you are are ready to move to a new location or perhaps you have moved to your new location and you don’t have enough room for everything. Moving from and to locations requires a lot of timing and moving parts.
The first move to a new location may only be temporary until you actually find a new home for a more permanent residence. No matter what the reason or timing of you particular scenario, it may involve using a storage facility at some point. You need to ask yourself what want in a storage facility before just renting any old one. Choosing a facility that provides the right storage options to suit your specific requirements will be much better in the long run.
If this is the case, it will work better for you if you go with a moving company that offers both the moving and the storage options all in house.
Is the storage facility climate controlled? Be sure to not only ask but find out what specifically “climate controlled” is defined as. The truth is climate controlled can in reality vary quite greatly. For example, if you’ve wrapped any of your furniture in plastic to protect it and the “climate controlled” facility gets too hot, the plastic could melt into your furniture.
Let The Professional Help
Go with a company that has trained packing and storing professionals. This can be of great help as they have all the materials that they need on hand that can get you packed up. Things such as using the correct size boxes, and efficiently packing your stuff away for you will get you the most efficient use of your storage space and save you money.
Also, by using the professional packers you’ll know your belongings will be in the same shape coming out of storage as they were going in. They’ll make sure all the furniture is wrapped and the more fragile furniture items are properly blanket protected before moving them into storage.
Mark, label and plan ahead. If you know that there may be some items that you will want to get to before the rest of your stuff, make sure that you let the packers know so they can add these items to your storage vault last for easier access when that time comes.
What Size of Storage Facility?
Without seeing a storage space first, it can be really difficult to judge how much space you will need to adequately store your items. Granted, renting a unit that is too large is a waste of money, but storage that is too small will obviously not suit your needs. To estimate the amount of space you will need, you should make a list of all the items that you wish to store in the space. Also, try and arrange to view the space before going ahead and renting it.
Storage spaces that are close to cities tend to be more expensive than more rural locations. With that being said, you should shop around first and pick something that suits you. If you don’t need access to the items frequently then you could get away with storing them in a more rural location.
Try and avoid areas that are known for robberies and crime – even if your space is secured and locked, it can still be broken into, so vet the area beforehand.
Climate controlled storage – While climate-controlled storage units can be more expensive, they are ideal for storing items that are delicate or of sentimental value.
Ease of access – Standard weekday access to your storage unit may not fit with your day-to-day schedule, however, some storage facilities are accessible 24/7 which may be more suited to your needs.
Security – CCTV and an alarm system are nowadays prerequisites to any storage facility. Fire safety equipment should be installed in the storage space to prevent your items from accidental fire damage.
Speak to us at Muscular Moving Men at 602-923-6400 to find out how we can help you with your storage needs.