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How to Know if You Need a Storage Facility

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There are many different reasons why you might need to utilize the services of a self storage facility either before, during or after your move.

Perhaps you have moved out of your house but you cannot move into your new home for a few days or weeks and you need a place to store your belongings while you wait at a hotel or family member’s house.

Or maybe you have moved into your new home and don’t have quite the amount of space that you expected you would, so you need some extra storage to keep the things you can’t fit in your new home. For whatever the reason, self storage facilities are the perfect way for you to keep your belongings safe, so it’s important that you find the right place for you.

What to consider when searching for the right storage facility

Of course there are many things to take into consideration when looking for a self storage facility. Firstly, you will have to plan on adding the costs of storage to your moving budget, which can be stressful if you are working with a tight budget and didn’t originally consider using self storage. Often, the cost of the storage depends on how much you are storing, so think about what really needs to go in there before you make a decision. If it’s possible for you to get rid of anything that isn’t vital via a garage sale or donations, consider that option.

Also, the period of time you are going to be storing your belongings factors into the price as well. Obviously, longer periods of time will equal more money in the long run. Finally, just as you’ve learned when looking for a moving company, it always helps to go to more than one storage facility and compare the prices to get your best deal in the end.

When you are deciding on a place to store your things, take note of what you see at the storage facility. Does the place have a security system? This is a very important factor because you want to make sure that your belongings are going to be secure and protected around the clock. Also, is the place clean and well-maintained? Finally, are the storage units climate-controlled? Different weather changes and extreme hot and cold temperatures can potentially damage your belongings, so climate control is also a major factor.

Lastly, make sure you check with the storage facility before you make your decision to find out what kind of items they allow and what kind of items they do not allow. Some self storage facilities have a list of items that they commonly prohibit, so it’s best to check this list beforehand to see if you have anything that fits the criteria and may not be allowed into the storage unit.

So do you need a storage facility?

Well, the most important thing to remember when making your final decision on whether or not you’re going to need to employ the services of a storage facility is that you’re not going to have immediate access to whatever you end up placing in the storage unit. That means that if you have second thoughts about anything that might be going into storage, or you think that it’s something you might need to use often or something of personal or monetary value that you can’t bear to part with, you might want to reconsider.

On the other hand, you should think about the size of your new living space and whether or not you will have the proper storage there to accommodate all of your belongings. If the answer is not immediately clear, then a storage facility that fits your needs would possibly be a viable option for you.

Robert Moreschi  Posted by Robert Moreschi on September 13, 2012

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