Choosing A Self Storage Facility

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Americans have lots of stuff, and today they have more places than ever to store it. According to the Self Storage Association, there are about 50,000 self-storage facilities across the United States.

But not all those storage facilities are created equal. The Better Business Bureau says it received more than 1,000 complaints against storage units in 2011. The most common complaints were from consumers who said they couldn’t access their storage unit after paying a deposit, had property in their storage unit damaged or had property stolen from their storage unit. Here are some tips from experts to make sure your stuff is stored right.

Safety first!

A heavy duty lock is absolutely essential for any self-storage unit. It’s also nice if your facility is equipped with security cameras and an electronic gate system that can only be opened with a personal code.

Shop around.

Self-storage facilities vary greatly, and so do their prices. The key to saving money is to avoid paying for what you don’t need. If you’re not going to access your unit often, maybe you could choose a cheaper facility farther away from you. If you only have small, portable items to store, perhaps you don’t need a facility with drive-up access. And why pay for a climate control unit if you don’t have temperature-sensitive items such as electronics or photographs?

Get it in writing.

Once you’ve selected a facility, make sure you get the terms of your agreement in writing – and read them! Is your lease month-to-month, or long-term? How and when are you to make your lease payments? When you’re ready to move out of your unit, can you end your lease agreement immediately or do you have to give two-weeks notice?

Ensure you’re properly insured.

Often, you can buy insurance from your storage facility to cover the value of your stored property in case of theft, fire or other catastrophe. It’s also a good idea to make sure your storage facility has all the licenses and insurance required under the laws of your state and local government.

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