What to Look for When Choosing Self-Storage
The entire staff at Ten Mini Storage wishes a very Happy New Year to you and your family; all the best in 2018.
This year, you might undergo some big life changes:
- Having kids.
- Moving to a new home.
- Starting a new commercial business
- Downsizing your life.
Whatever the case may be, self-storage can keep your personal belongings safe, clean, out-of-the-way, and always accessible when you need them.
If you think you’ll need a storage unit at some point in 2018, here are some things to consider.
Pick a unit based on size and space; not cost
Too often, people choose the smallest storage space possible. The reason being, a smaller unit won’t cost as much.
There are three problems with that:
- You’ll cram all your stuff inside, potentially damaging it in the process.
- There’s not enough room for you to move around.
- You’ll have to rent a second unit to accommodate your things.
Instead, separate the items you wish to store into two categories:
- Things you won’t need (or use rarely).
- Things you’ll need on a regular basis.
From there, pick a unit that lets you store your non-essential items at the back, your essential items at the front (for easy access) and provides enough room for you to comfortably (and safely) move about.
“Very content with their customer service, and their honesty when helping me select which storage would suit my needs.” – Marissa D, Customer Lobby review
How long will you need the unit for?
Maybe you only need it for a day.
Maybe just for a few weeks.
Maybe for a few months…or longer.
Whether it’s a short- or long-term rental you’re looking for, it’s important to know how long you intend to rent the space.
That can help you plan for things like:
- Budgeting: Many storage facilities bill on a 4-week cycle.
- Location: If you won’t need your items for a long while, will you choose a location that’s a little further away (on the other hand, if you need your stuff regularly, you want it to be as close as possible.
- Cancellation notices: Do you need to give notice that you’re vacating your storage unit, or can you just leave whenever you wish?
In some instances, you just don’t know how long you’ll need to rent your unit.
In that case, it’s good to know that your storage unit is yours (and yours alone) until you decide it’s no longer necessary.
“Everything is easy with Ten Storage. I have been using them for a couple of years now since I had first moved to Caledon, and have used them for three or four different things. I love how everything is hassle-free.” – Paul L., Customer Lobby review
Think about insurance
A good self-storage facility should be equipped with security features like:
- Video monitoring.
- Fences and gates.
- Keypad entry.
Still, the risk of theft and damage (fire, flooding, etc.) is always there.
Some insurance facilities offer on-site insurance protection options, while others require you to insure your storage unit yourself.
Another thing to consider:
Your homeowners insurance policy may (or may not) apply to goods in storage. Make certain you take a look at it.
“I’ve been with Ten Storage for almost 15 years now. I never had anything stolen or misplaced. It’s a very safe place.” – Gilles M., Customer Lobby review
Customer service and attention
A reputable self-storage business understands they aren’t taking possession of your items. Rather, they are being entrusted to care for them.
With that in mind, you’ll want to make sure the company you select can meet your needs, such as:
- Conveniently providing moving supplies.
- Helping you with rental trucks.
- Taking delivery of any personal or commercial
- Providing assistance to fill your unit.
- Giving you all the privacy you need.
Maybe you’re a senior who needs help loading their unit.
Perhaps you’re looking to use your storage area as a hobby space.
Or you just want to have a nice, clean, quiet place to store any personal or sentimental items.
Whatever the case may be, the right storage unit will understand your needs and cater to them.
“They run Ten Storage in a way that caters to the customer’s personal needs. They help out and are problem solvers that like to know their clients. I have been a customer of theirs for over 10 years (almost 15, I believe), and I trust them completely.” – Harry S., Customer Lobby review
Looking for self-storage? Contact us now
Whatever you need to store, and however long you need to store it, Ten Mini Storage has the right unit for you.
Clean, safe, and accessible, your belongings will be kept in the same condition as when you store them with us.
Contact us for more information. Send us any questions you have. Or ask about unit availability.