Choosing a storage unit is a very important decision. After all, it is used to keep things that have enough value for the owner that they are willing to pay for a space to store them. Some storage units may be used to keep family heirlooms or, maybe, collectibles that the owner wants to keep in a safe place for future use. Sometimes, storage units will hold a family's possessions if they are in the midst of a move and need a temporary space to store everything. For whatever reason, people find themselves with items of enough value that they must keep them even though they don't have the room to do so in their homes. This is where storage units come in. For a monthly fee, anyone can rent a space to keep their valuables until other arrangements can be made. Selecting the right storage unit is not a decision to be taken lightly. There are many options for storage units that will need to be considered. Some options will matter more than most. And, some of them will be non-negotiable. The correct choice of a storage unit will be specific to the needs of each individual renter.
Where Are Storage Units Found
Storage units can be found almost anywhere and some with distinctive advantages over others. Most are constructed with outside access and form a row of small garages with roll-up doors. They are usually in a gated area that can be accessed by an entry-coded gate. Others are built indoors in a warehouse-like environment in the same manner except that they are climate-controlled. All storage units are available in a variety of sizes. The advantage of an indoor unit is that the weather elements will not affect any of the contents while outside storage units are usually not provided with any heating or cooling. And, the cost of indoor units is usually considerably higher than outside-access units. The disadvantage of indoor units can sometimes be the accessibility as they are rarely available 24-hours a day while outside units usually have full access anytime of the day or night. Outside storage units also may not have as many security features as indoor facilities due to their overall layout and accessibility. While the basic idea is the same, the decision will come down to the required needs of the stored items along with the budget of the renter.
Questions and Answers
Here are a few commonly asked questions and answers concerning storage units.
Q: What are the leasing terms for a storage unit?
A: Leases are usually offered on a yearly or month-to-month basis. There is usually a discounted rate if the unit is leased for a year or longer.
Q: When is climate-control necessary?
A: It depends on what is being stored. For example, if it is something like fabric or wood furniture, it would need to be stored in a climate-controlled facility to avoid having the extremes of weather causing any damage. Storing lawn maintenance supplies would not require a climate-controlled environment since they are already accustomed to the changes in the weather.
Q: What sizes of units are available?
A: Sizes can start as low as 4'x6' and go up to 12'x24' and even larger in some instances.
Q: What determines the cost of a storage unit?
A: A few factors will determine the cost. The size is the most predominant factor with climate-control and location being major cost-contributors as well.
Q: What can be stored in a storage unit?
A: Actually, anything that be stored at your home can be stored in a storage unit. Most units are used to store seasonal items or furniture. But, there are even units designed to store larger items like appliances and vehicles.
Q: Should stored items be insured?
A: Yes. They should already be covered by a homeowner's insurance or renters insurance policy. Some storage units will offer their own insurance coverage if needed.