How To Choose A Storage Unit

Posted on: 5 August 2015

With the number of choices available for storage units today, it can be difficult to choose. No matter what you're storing, there are three important considerations to keep in mind that will help you make the best decision.

How Much Storage Space Do You Need?

Depending on what you're putting into storage, you'll need a certain size. Storage units are described by the footage. A common size might be 12' x 10' x 10'. That means the unit is 12 feet long, 10 feet wide and 10 feet high. Some storage facilities offer helpful advice as to how many rooms can fit into a specific unit. They might say that a unit will accommodate a 2-bedroom apartment, for example.

However, if you have a hobby and supplies to store, you'll need more space than a typical person. Also, it's better to rent a unit slightly larger than you think you'll need. It's better to pay for a little empty storage space than to find out your unit won't hold all your things. Speak to the storage facility representative for guidance about what size you need. Be prepared for the conversation by bringing along a general list along of your larger belongings, such as dining room hutch, sectional sofa, etc.

How Far Are You Willing to Drive?

Self storage facilities vary considerably in price according to geographic location. You might be able to get a fantastic deal on a unit, but it's almost an hour away from your residence. On moving day, that hour may seem like no big deal, but if you think you'll need to access your things frequently, you should consider how far you're willing to drive to get to them. You may regret renting a unit that requires a long, traffic-ridden drive. Factor the time, the distance and the cost of fuel into your decision.

Are There Unseen Options?

The storage facility representative will show you units based on what you say you want. They may not offer you other options simply because they can't tell what kinds of compromises you might be able to make. With storage units, there are often many options available that aren't immediately evident. For example, when you first visit, they'll ask if you want a ground floor or a higher floor. If you visit the available ground floor units and don't like them, you may be willing to now consider the second floor, but you'll need to express that. Also, if they don't have the size you want, ask if anything is available starting the following month. If there is, and you're willing to wait, you'll be able to put your name down and reserve that unit. 

The point is not to jump at the first storage unit you see. Consider these three things and you'll be in a better space to make a good storage rental decision at a facility like Arctic Self Storage.