Top Considerations When Purchasing a Self-Storage Unit
Every self-storage unit has various features that make it stand out. These features include size, location, cost and amenities. However, what do the best self-storage facilities have in common?
Knowing these shared features will help you learn more about your ideal storage unit. This post discusses the top factors you should consider in a self-storage facility before you purchase it.
The first top consideration you must check before buying a self-storage unit is size. Reviewing unit size means checking the unit's square footage and ceiling height.
To help you pick the best size, list the items you want to store before looking for a self-storage unit. Doing this will ensure your items aren’t squeezed or leave extra space, which you must pay for. The perfect storage unit size should ensure all items fit well in width and height.
Must-have amenities in a storage unit include CCTV cameras, a manager's apartment, an office, and access gates. Also, go around the unit to check if the manager has been repairing any faults and if the unit has any maintenance backlogs. Below is a brief checklist of what you should look for.
- Are the latches decent or old and rusted?
- Are the doors easy to open?
- Are there any roof leaks or cracked pavements?
If you see anything that needs repairing, ask for a cost estimate to mend them and ensure a proper cash flow so the management can sort the repairs.
Type of Storage Units
There are two major categories of storage facilities: self-service and full-service. The primary difference between these two forms of units is how much access you have to your belongings.
A self-service allows individuals to check their items whenever they want. Most self-service units will provide you with a key and a lock.
Conversely, a full-service storage facility has limited access. Therefore, you must request permission from the owner to access your belongings. Moreover, full-service storage facilities will collect and deliver your belongings, which would be a perfect option for those without a vehicle.
While self-service units may seem more flexible, they may not be ideal for those planning to leave their items for an extended period.
The perfect location for a storage facility is at a city center on the corner of two crucial cross streets. This location is visible for vehicles and can be accessed from multiple directions.
However, city planning approvals like zoning make this storage facility's location impossible. Below are a few questions to help you find an ideally located storage facility.
- How visible is the facility? Can drive-by traffic easily see it?
- Approximately how many vehicles pass by the facility?
- Is the facility easily accessible? Do you need to enter or exit the facility via the side street?
Cost and accessibility are other reasons the location of your facility is essential. You’ll access your items frequently if the unit is nearby. However, if you want to keep your belongings all summer, consider the cost more than the location.
How much you wish to pay for a storage space will also affect your choice. Contract type, minimum period requirements and extra charges are some factors that will affect the cost of a unit.
You may notice that some facilities require you to store your items for a certain minimum period. Therefore, this will affect the cost. Moreover, month-to-monthly storage options can be more affordable, too.
Nonetheless, ensure you understand any extra fees. What will happen if you don't pay on time or forget to pay? Will you be surprised by additional charges and the risk of losing your items?
Choose the Best Self-Storage Unit
As seen above, there’s no perfect storage facility. The type of storage facility you choose depends on your needs and preferences. So, before you purchase a unit to keep your items, ensure it can fit your items, is affordable, secure and in good condition.