7 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Renting a Storage Unit
If you need a storage unit for home storage, business storage, vehicle storage or something else, you might find yourself overwhelmed with the possibilities. There are so many different storage facilities, so many sizes and types of storage, so many amenities...it goes on and on.
So what do you really need? How do you choose the perfect storage unit for you? It’s easy. Just ask yourself these seven questions and then rent online.
- What size do I need?
Look, not everyone inherently understands what a 5x5 storage unit actually looks like or how many items you can fit in a 10x10. Take the guesswork out of figuring out what size you need by watching these size guide videos. Another helpful way to determine how much space you need is to lay all of your boxes on the floor and measure around them to determine how big of a storage unit you’ll require. Don’t forget to account for space for an aisle inside.
- How much do I want to spend?
The cost of a storage unit is determined by several different factors including the size, the amenities and the location. Typically a 5x5 unit will cost you between $35-65. When determining budget, factor in extras like insurance (usually less than $10 a month) and admin fees (about $21 and only paid once). Look for online specials and ask about discounts to save money.
- How long will I be storing for?
The standard self storage rental agreement is a month-to-month lease. With that in mind, consider how long you’ll be renting for. Short term storage rentals may not require all the bells and whistles like climate control and indoor storage.
- Will I be storing a car, RV or a boat?
Thanks to pesky HOAs that don’t allow you to park large vehicles in your driveway, RV and boat storage is becoming increasingly common. If you need vehicle storage, reserve it in advance, as this type of storage is in high demand.
- Do I need moving supplies?
Subpar boxes can tear under the weight of your stuff and may also harbor bacteria from previous contents. Don’t store your items in garbage bags; get quality moving supplies. If you need boxes, tape and other necessities, choose a storage facility that sells moving supplies on-site. You’ll get a great price and you’ll save yourself a trip to the store.
- What items am I storing?
Make an inventory of what you’re actually going to be putting in your storage unit. This will not only help with determining the size you need, but it’ll help you figure out the amenities you need as well. If you’re storing antiques, artwork, leather, wood, photographs, musical instruments, wine or electronics, you’re going to need climate control.
- How important is location to me?
When you search for a storage unit online, what’s the first thing you type into Google? If you’re like most people, it’s probably something like “self storage near me.” Price and location tend to be the most important factors for customers seeking self storage, but consider this: You might get a better deal if you expand your search radius outside of your neighborhood. All Storage has 34 (and counting!) locations in the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex. If you’re only going to be visiting your storage unit on rare occasions, it’s worth considering facilities in other areas. Doing this will help you get the best price and it’ll ensure that you get the size and amenities that you want.