Don't Get Ripped Off
When Renting Temporary Storage
This time of year brings about the inevitable decision: what do we do with all this stuff?
For many the option to rent a temporary storage facility is a solution, but there are lots of issues to contend with before you pack the minivan. When considering a rental space you should consider whether the stored items are of a monetary or sentimental value to you. Also, do any of the items need special storage conditions (temperature control, etc.) so that they remain in good condition.
Caution #1 Choosing the cheapest storage rental facility may not be the best decision you can make if you want to protect your possessions. In fact, the more money you pay for such services the better the service you will get.
Caution #2 What size is best? Of course it depends on what you?re storing. If you?re receiving large shipments on pallets or storing large items of equipment, such as gardening tools, a roll up garage door type space may work fine. If you are storing household items, delicate items or collectibles, you might choose indoor storage which would have a more temperature controlled environment. Most facilities will have an estimate of what you can put in each size unit. Some are large enough to store an antique car and some are as small at five feet by five feet.
Caution #3 Security. Spend time assessing the security aspects of the facility. The best facilities have cameras and controlled access.To optimize safety and security, select a facility that is fully staffed during all its access hours; never find yourself alone in any large unoccupied building. A well staffed building will automatically offer a higher comfort level of security, which women customers especially appreciate.
Caution #4 Access hours. If you are storing seasonal items that will not require access, normal hours that you can get in the facility may work. If you are storing work files or other valuables and you may need them at a moments notice, you should seek facilities that are open 24/7.
Caution #5 The Contract. Once you have chosen a facility to rent from they will need to provide you with a rental contract or agreement. All these rental contracts are specifically designed to not only protect the customer but the storage rental company as well. The costs that will normally be included in the monthly rental fee will be for such basics as the rental of the space you have, utilities such as electricity and light and insurance. Some may include an additional cost for climate controlled storage.
Caution #6 Insurance. Most facilities will offer a small amount of insurance for your valuables. If you decide to buy extra, beware of this high margin service. Compare coverage with other facilities. Also, check with your homeowners insurance company as some policies may cover rental storage situations.