Features to Look for in a Self-Storage Facility

Moving is quite a regular occurrence. It’s a fresh start, so to say. However, it’s actually harder than it sounds. It’s a multi-faceted event. Thankfully, there are a lot of things that can be delegated to a third party. Packing belongings, transporting and storing them are all important. So what are the key features to look for in a self-storage facility, what is the best way to pack my belongings, we hear you ask There are a lot of services that moving companies provide. Today, we are going to focus on just one of them – self-storage facilities. The idea behind this article is to show you how to get the biggest bang for your buck when ordering this service. And it all starts with your needs and the features you need to look for in a self-storage facility.

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Most people, when thinking about storage facilities imagine an old archive – we are here to tell you that, that is far from reality!

Features to Look for in a Self-Storage Facility

Why would anyone invest in a self-storage facility? That question is actually quite reasonable. Why should I pay someone to loan me some space when I have space in my garage for exactly those purposes? And therein lies the answer to your question. The garage is not a place for storing your personal belongings. Sometimes it’s not even big enough to hold all the important bulky items you might need. Practically speaking, there are a couple of reasons why you might want to invest in a self-storage facility:

  • storing specialty items – things like bulky furniture and sensitive belongings (you know the things that can get destroyed by humidity if left unattended).
  • the “I don’t have a garage” person – you should also invest in a self-storage facility if you don’t have space in which you can place your belongings. This can save you from a lot of logistical nightmares. Things like where should you keep your items when moving from one home to the next, or storing excessive inventory/belongings.

There is a little bit for something for everyone. So hop on in, and check out the storage FL for all your storage needs!

Our mission

We hear at Cross Country Moving Group have made it our job to make your life easier, when it comes to making those tough life decisions. That’s exactly why we have written this article. We wanted to offer you at the glance of your fingertips all the features that moving companies provide for storage facilities so you know exactly what to look for. Somethings are worth more to other people. Things like an AC controlled unit is something that might be extremely important for people who are storing specialty items in their storage, but no so much for people who are just storing belongings for a week or two. That’s why it all depends on your needs. So let’s see all of the features that you should look for in a storage facility.

Features to Look for in a Self-Storage Facility #1: AC units

So, one of the top key features you should look into when exploring the possibility of getting a storage unit is whether or not it is a climate-controlled unit. You know, and there is really no other way of going about it, that many of your personal belongings can be damaged if not taken proper care of. That means that leaving these items in hot, humid or cold places, can lead to catastrophic and unnecessary suffering. So if you want to keep all your items safe and sound, you might want to investigate whether the unit is climate controlled or not.

  • However, you might also be the type of person who doesn’t need an AC controlled unit because you are going to store your belongings in the facilities only for a few weeks. And that’s okay. The basic idea behind this article is not to sway you into buying a unit that has some or all of these features but to showcase what the units have, so you can pick the ones that fit your need perfectly.

Features to Look for in a Self-Storage Facility #2: Security

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One of the key aspects of buying a self-storage unit is the peace of mind.

This should go without saying but, having someone who will check on the status of your storage facility, is a well at the very last calming to the mind. The idea of having 24-hour video coverage of your facility, and alarm system, passcode, and personnel who will make sure that no trespassers roam the facility, is definitely something that you might want to explore further. This is simply something that portable storage containers do not offer. That’s where self-storage facilities trump all else. Having the calmness and clear-of-mind that your sensitive documents are well nurtured, is something that is definitely one of the best advantages that self-storage facilities offer.

Features to Look for in a Self-Storage Facility #3: Size

Last but not least, one of the key principles that should guide you in buying a storage facility is its size. Depending on your needs, you might need to invest in a large or small storage unit. Don’t worry about the cost right now. There are ways of cutting costs on storage expenses, which we have written about in detail. The basic idea is to extrapolate your needs into the features you might need from a unit. So, ask yourself the question. Do I need big storage or small storage? Am I planning on putting a vehicle in here? Do I want to store my refrigerator in here? Or do I just want to put some other smaller belongings here? These are important, big (no pun intended) decisions you have to make. Which brings us to our last recommendation.

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Storage units come in different shapes and sizes!

Parting advice

Before you leave, we have one final recommendation for you. Which, if you have been reading this article closely will come naturally to you. And that is to plan ahead. Basically, you cannot know what features you are going to need from a storage unit until you plan ahead. You need to organize your thoughts in a clear and concise manner. So that you know exactly how to declutter the messy bedroom, how to pack your belongings, etc. Leaving you with a clear-cut answer on what you exactly need from a storage unit. And whether you need one in the first place.