May 05, 2020

What You Need to Know Before Renting a Storage Unit

Renting a storage unit is not something you do every day. Here are some things to think about when you are looking to rent a storage unit. This way you will know things that most people don’t and can become a smarter storage tenant. 

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Renting a storage unit is not something you do every day. Here are some things to think about when you are looking to rent a storage unit. This way you will know things that most people don’t and can become a smarter storage tenant.

As a more educated storage tenant, you will be able to tell the differences between the different facilities you look at. This will give you the confidence that your stuff is safe after you sign your lease.

Before you get too far into the process figure out what your timeline is. Think about when you will start to need your storage unit. This is a very common question that you will be asked when calling or visiting a storage facility. Once you figure out your time frame these things are important to know before signing your lease.

Find the Best Storage Facility for you

Not all storage facilities are the same. Cost and value can range quite a bit based on what kind of quality you are looking for. A reputable storage facility with clean metal buildings and blacktop driveways will cost more to rent a storage unit. Compared to an older storage facility with plywood walls or gravel aisles.

Cost isn’t the only thing to think about when deciding on what storage facility you choose to rent a storage unit from. You may not know what to ask or look for when choosing a storage facility. Here are some questions that will help you make your storage decision.

Buy A strong Lock if not provided

Some storage facilities provide you with a lock. It might be built into the door like a cylinder lock. If you need to purchase a lock, you want to make sure the lock is strong so it will keep your stuff safe. Using a heavy-duty padlock or a disc lock are great options to use for your storage unit. AppleWood Self Storage provides its customers either the Guardian Cylinder Lock or German-made Abus disc lock.

Figure out how much space you will need

The size of the unit you need will depend on how much stuff you store. If you are just storing a few items, you can get by with a 5×10 or 10×10 but if you are storing a whole house you could end up needing a 10×30 or multiple units.

Another thing that can determine the size needed is what you are storing. If you are storing a boat, car, or recreational equipment both the height and length will help determine what size unit you need.

All storage facilities are built differently, and the sizes of units can vary based on building specs. Some like AppleWood Self Storage, have taller ceilings that can allow for more stacking or placing large items vertically. By visiting the storage facilities you’re looking at will help you visually see the size to help with your decision making.

Purchase Insurance When Renting a Storage Unit

If you are looking for storage for your items, you obviously care about what you are putting in storage. When storing your items, it is important to think about insurance. A storage facility can assure you that your stuff is safe, but things can happen, and you want to have your things protected.

Start with your homeowners or renter’s insurance policy to see if it includes storage insurance in your policy. Many have it or can easily get it added to your current policy. If not check with the storage facility you are renting from. They may offer a tenant insurance policy through them. If you need more information about tenant insurance check out this article about tenant insurance and protection plans.

Moving is Still Required When Renting a Storage Unit

Once you have picked your storage facility and know what you are going to move you have to plan the actual move. Your things can be heavy, and it might be important to have a friend help you move your stuff into your storage unit. More hands make less work and your back will thank you for having a second set of hands helping you move your items into your storage unit. Make sure when packing that you spread the weight around your boxes vs. making one super heavy.

Don’t store valuables and important documents

Some items shouldn’t go into your storage unit. Make sure to set these items aside so they don’t get packed away or lost. Rings and jewelry might seem easy to put into storage but that can put them at risk of getting lost or damaged while left in your storage unit. Documents like your passport, social security card, driver’s license, or certificates of ownership should stay with you to prevent an increased risk of them being lost or stolen.