As we live our lives, it’s common for many of us to accumulate a vast array of personal possessions that we struggle to find room for, but that we also don’t wish to part with, either. Whether a sudden move has come upon you, or you are just doing some spring cleaning on that floor-to-ceiling packed garage, there are some things that you should know about the storage facility that you are considering before you contract them. Use these tips to more easily discern between an elite storage provider and one that you might best overlook during your search.
The physical location matters because of population density, the convenience of how long it takes for you to get there, and the crime rate in the nearby vicinity. It is advised that you try and avoid any units that are located in areas of high crime density, as this can increase the possibility of break-in and theft. A simple way of determining the safest location is by looking up crime rates in the corresponding areas first.
Regardless of the crime rate in any area, crimes don’t know a name, a face or a place. Security is essential with the service that you are choosing. Make sure that onsite security is present, that closed camera surveillance is in place, and that the facility features a security system that’s viable before placing your trust in the service provider.
You’ve spent a lifetime acquiring your possessions, thus the need to insure them while they are being stored. Aside from theft, disasters such as fire and flood and others can also occur. With an insurance plan in place, you are covered if anything unforeseeable should occur.
If you have possessions that could be destroyed by shifts in climate, make sure that you are only searching for units that feature climate control. Climate controlled units will run you a higher monthly fee, but will also regulate temperature and moisture levels. This can protect delicate and fragile items that could otherwise be destroyed or damaged.
How accessible is the storage center you are considering? Accessibility should generally be available around the clock. This means that you should have access to your items during normal business hours or in the middle of the night, regardless of whether it’s a holiday weekend or not. Ensure that any storage center you are considering has convenient accessibility options so that you always have access to your possessions.
Gauge the customer service before signing a contract. This is important because this will be the service that you will be dealing with for the duration of your contract. A good measure is to check with review sites like Yelp to see what other people had to say, and also by referencing with the Better Business Bureau regarding unresolved complaints. Only opt for entities that have a flawless customer service history. Furthermore, call them and or speak with them in person to get a better idea of what type of service you can expect to receive when using their service.
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