Features To Look For In A Storage Unit
Most of us need to rent a storage unit sometime or the other in life. This is quite understandable because storage units provide security and convenience to put away a wide array of our belongings. You have a storage unit for just about any stuff you name. No wonder warehousing today is a broad-spectrum business covering not just the regular self-storage units but also storage rentals as diverse as furniture storage, boat storage and car storage.
A starter who is on the lookout for a storage facility will, however, need to keep in mind certain key issues before buying a unit on rent.
All said, a unit located near your residence is the most convenient, unless of course you find a distant one having far superior benefits than the one located nearer to you. However, if you are looking to store your recreational vehicle, an RV storage facility near to your home will be a better choice than renting a covered unit.
Modern warehouses offer a wide range of unit sizes. Choose one that best suits your needs after taking into account your future requirements.
Most warehouses have state of the art security features. However, it will do well to have a check before hand. When inspecting the facility ensure whether the warehouse has,
* CCTV and burglar alarms
* Security staff round the clock
* Fire alarms and smoke detectors
* Provision to have your own padlock for that extra protection
In all probability, the storage owner will provide insurance to the customer, but it pays to be sure that the policy covers all vital issues.
* The coverage should be exhaustive, inclusive of protection from perils such as lightning, explosions, earthquakes, civil commotions, flood and theft.
* Get to know beforehand the items not covered by insurance.
* Get familiar on how to value your goods, and what you should do in the event of a claim.
Climate Controlled Unit
Sensitive and precious items need special care from the elements. Antiques, furniture and electronic items require climate control to prevent damage and deterioration during long-term storage. Climate control works by maintaining the temperature inside a building above freezing point at all times during winters and below 90 degree Fahrenheit during summers. In addition, the humidity is also maintained within acceptable limits. Excessive humidity is harmful to items such as musical instruments, wooden furniture and cameras. No doubt, climate control will cost you more, but preserving your valuables is worth that extra buck.
The size of the unit and duration are two important elements that make up the cost of storage rental. Of course, you may have to shell out extra bucks if you choose a climate controlled unit. Rentals can end up being expensive if you choose a unit larger than what you require. Long-term storage of low value items will not make a sound financial decision. A better idea will be to clear clutter from your own home than putting them away in a storage rental.
A well-chosen storage unit will provide you with security, adequate protection for your belongings and most of all peace of mind.