At some point in one’s busy, cluttered life, the need for storage must be addressed. Whether you need to temporarily store your worldly goods while you are between residences or you find that you have more possessions than space, the need for secure storage units is likely to present itself sooner or later. And since we are talking about paying to store what is likely of some value to you and your loved ones, the decision on where to store your stuff should involve careful consideration.

For example, you will want to consider first and foremost what it is and how much that you wish to store. Secure storage units can be obtained in many sizes, from small closets and crawl spaces to garage-sized bays that can fit your extra vehicle or boat when not in use. The larger the space, the higher the cost generally, so going through your things and possibly clearing the clutter before packing for storage may be a wise financial move.

Once you have decided what to store and how big a space you are likely to need, the next things to consider are location and access. Depending on what is being stored, you may want a location that is fairly close to your home or office, but also in a safe neighborhood. Questions to ask before leasing secure storage units should include whether the facility is guarded or has a closed circuit television monitoring system in place. Also, you will want to know if you will have access to your unit at any time of the day or night, or if you are restricted to only operating hours. Depending again on what is being stored, you may need an air-conditioned or climate-controlled unit and regular pest control in the building.

Finally, discuss the options for short-term and long-term leasing of secure storage units before committing to a contract. Some facilities will allow you to rent month to month, while others may require a minimum of several months. Be sure you are aware of how much notice must be given before removing any or all of your things from the unit as well, to insure that your possessions will not be held hostage when you are ready to retrieve them. Making sure that your options are clear ahead of time can help to insure a more positive experience when using secure storage units.


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