If you’ve outgrown your apartment or have specialty items to put in safekeeping, ask these questions as you evaluate alternative storage options.
Is it secure?
You may have a small storage closet connected to your unit or larger storage facilities for rent on-site, but you should find out how secure they are before you move your stuff in. Who has access to the on-site storage? Does it have padlocks or keypad entry? Is it in a building with monitored security? If you are storing valuable items, you may want to rent storage in a secure off-site facility so you can better ensure your things are protected.
Is it temperature-controlled?
Another bonus to renting a storage space is that most facilities are temperature-controlled. This can be very important if you are storing items that require special care, like clothing, furs or wine, for instance. Certain valuables can deteriorate when exposed to heat or cold, so renting a storage unit in which temperature is regulated to avoid extremes is a smart move.
Is it dry and protected from the elements and pests?
The elements can wreak havoc on personal possessions, so keeping your valuables dry is a top priority. Valuable paper documents have the biggest risk of being ruined by water damage, but furniture and clothing should be protected, as well. Ask about fire protection measures and pest control, as well, for the storage space.
Is the storage space easily accessible?
Depending on how often you anticipate needing to get to the items you keep in storage, consider the accessibility of the space. If off-site, is the space located near your apartment? Does the facility offer 24-hour access? Do you have your own key or is assistance required to get in to the unit? Ideally, you want a storage space that is convenient for you.
Size and space matter. If you can’t cram another thing into your personal apartment storage, it may very well be time to think about renting a storage space.
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