10 questions to ask before renting a storage unit
Renting a storage unit is a great solution for those who need extra space to store their belongings or when moving home. If you are new to self storage or wish to know more information, here are 10 important questions to ask before renting a storage unit.
1. What size storage unit do i need?
Storage facilities usually offer a wide range of storage unit sizes. Try to figure out how much storage space you’ll need by making an inventory of all items. Think about all of the bulky larger items you wish to store as well as smaller items you can pack into boxes. Use our storage room size guide to estimate what size of unit might be best.
2. What are the costs involved?
The cost of renting a storage unit is based on the size of unit. Most storage facilities will charge a security deposit that is refundable when you move out. As well as the regular rental charges, there are usually insurance cover fees and any fees for additional features such as extended access. Make sure you understand the payment terms and if there are any penalties for late payments.
3. What is the best location for my storage unit?
Finding a storage facility that is convenient for you will prove invaluable in the long run and will save you time and hassle. If you think you will need to re-visit your storage unit frequently to retrieve items then consider your journey time and pick a storage facility that is conveniently located to you.
4. What are the access hours?
Storage units have different access hours so you should choose one that suits your requirements. Some are accessible 24/7, while others are limited to opening hours access. There may also be options to extend your access times subject to additional charges.
5. What security features are there?
Security is a crucial factor when renting a storage unit. It is important to know what security features are being offered to you so that your goods are kept safe and secure. Most facilities offer high levels of security such as PIN coded access, gated premises and CCTV security.
6. Is there climate-controlled storage?
Climate-controlled storage units are ideal for storing items that are sensitive to temperature changes. Not all storage facilities offer this feature so be sure to ask beforehand if this is something they can offer if required.
7. Will my goods be insured?
When you’re renting a self-storage unit, you’ll also want to make sure that your goods are covered by insurance. Most storage facilities will require some form of goods cover insurance to be in place. Usually, the storage company will offer to provide this for you and charges it with the rental. Customers also have the option of providing this themselves by arranging with a suitable provider of their choice.
8. Are there restrictions on what items i can store?
Storage facilities have restrictions on what items can be stored. The following items are normally classed as prohibited goods and are not to be stored:
- Foodstuffs that have not been securely packed or exposed
- Living plants & animals
- Combustible or flammable materials or liquids such as gas, paint, petrol, oil or cleaning solvents
- Unauthorised or illegal goods such as firearms, explosives, weapons or ammunition
Always check first and ask about what restrictions there are before renting a storage unit.
9. How long do i have to commit for?
One of the benefits of self storage is that it offers flexibility and no long term commitments. However, there is usually a minimum rental period which is normally 4 weeks or one month. Always ask about the contract lengths and if there are any penalties for terminating the contract early.
10. What are the reviews and reputation of the facility?
Check online recommendations and reviews. Companies are now more reliant than ever on online customer reviews. It goes without saying that a storage company with a positive reputation backed by good reviews is likely to be a better option than one with poor or mixed reviews. Additionally, seek recommendations from family and friends or even neighbours who may have used a storage facility previously.
If you are looking for secure and accessible self storage in Staffordshire, look no further than Bigfoot Self Storage. We offer a wide range of storage solutions for household, personal and business requirements. Contact us today to get more information and to get your quote.