How to Choose a Self-Storage Facility

by Jessica Johnson

You’ve finally come to the point where you realize it’s time to put a few things in a self-storage facility. Out of season items, old furniture, heirlooms, and what not. There just isn’t enough room, your house is busting at the seams, and the only smart thing to do is to rent a self-storage facility and de-clutter your home.


Is it safe? Is it too expensive? How do you decide where to store your special items that you don’t need access to all the time, but you also aren’t ready to give away or sell? Here are a few tips that will help you pick the right one for your needs:

-Proximity is important. Just because you’re storing these items doesn’t mean you don’t need to have pretty easy access to them. Find a place within a 5-mile radius if you can.

-Safety first is an important mantra to live by, and it also applies to storage units. Is there security? What are the locks like? Are there cameras? Is it indoor or outdoor? If it’s outdoor, is it well lit and fenced? What part of town is it in?

-Do you want to be able to drive right up to the door of the unit or is it okay to dolly and carry items into a multilevel storage facility?

-Do you need climate control for your items based on the weather of your region and the items you intend to store?

-Budgetary concerns may be a factor; it is, after all, rented space in which you do not live. Shop around for specials. Sometimes you can get a cut-rate for the first month or even 3.

Don’t delay; the free space you create in your home by storing items not in use is priceless. Find a place that suits your needs and give yourself some extra space to breathe.

Jessica Johnson helps residential and business customers who use self storage when they don’t have enough storage space on their own property. Jessica Johnson’s company – Extra Space Storage – has locations from coast to coast.

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