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Self Storage and Security: Should You Use It?

Jun 29, 2008
Do you have a lot of items that you must put in storage because you're moving or you're overrun with your own possessions? If you are, then you may be wondering if you should use self storage and if it is secure enough to keep your belongings safe. That is a good thing to think about because your possessions will not be with you. They will be in another location where people are possibly lurking about at all hours of the night. You want to know that, when you return, everything you put in your self storage unit is going to be there.

Things to look out for

It seems as if there are so many self storage units out there for anyone to start using at anytime. However, it is important to take some caution when choosing which self storage company will be providing you with your space. This is because there are many types of self storage units out there and some are more secure than others.

There are:

- Outside units using padlocks on the doors rather than their own locking mechanism: These are frequently found in some small towns. However, the storage unit security can be compromised.

- Outside units using built-in lock mechanisms: These storage units are much more difficult to break into. They may be impossible to compromise, so they provide - Indoor units with built-in lock mechanisms on the doors: These are frequently found within larger cities. They are multi-level facilities with security camera surveillance. There is usually a staff member available in an office throughout the day. However, there are sometimes time restrictions as to when an individual can retrieve their items. Example: 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

So now that you know what types of units to look for, you know what is available to you. Aside from security, one of the differences is cost. You may be looking into paying a little bit more for those storage unit companies offering more security, but it is worth it when your belongings are at stake. Another thing that influences cost is the size of the unit, aside from the size of unit that you would decide to go with.

Is self storage a good idea?

You might be antsy at first, but it is important to do your homework. When you are overcome with many of your possessions and you do not want to have to get rid of them, self storage is a viable option. Most of the time or all of the time, you are able to access your belongings any time you wish. That does make self storage a very good idea when getting things out of your way or simply taking the clutter out of your life. Depending on the amount of time you need the storage, it simply beats having to buy a storage building of your own, especially if you will be doing something such as moving.

Before you rent

Make sure you determine what size of self storage unit will fit your needs. You don't want a unit that is too large or two small. If it is too large, then you will be paying for space you are not using. If the unit is too small, then you may find yourself having to move to a bigger unit. That can be quite inconvenient. Some units are small enough to store just boxes in and some are large enough to store furniture. Just make sure that you explore your options, read contracts, check that the security is accurate, and ensure your space is large enough. If you do these things, then you should have success with your self storage unit.
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