With the advent of the Internet, the last decade has changed a lot. Technology is literally at our fingertips everywhere we go. With smartphones, tablets, and computers, the internet has become a huge tool to help us get information quickly. Why not use this tool to our advantage for things like choosing a storage facility as well.
Choosing a storage facility a decade ago was a painful time consuming process, you would have to get a phone book and just start calling different business and writing down all the details so that you could compare them later. One of the problems was that you might call 15 different facilities and only get through to 4 of them. So your information wasn't really accurate because you were only comparing a few storage facilities instead of the whole market.
Even with the internet, there are some facilities that haven't fully made that transition to have an online presence. We are not one of those! Here are some helpful things to look for when trying to find a storage unit and finding a good facility to rent from.
1. Check online to see how many storage facilities are in the area, Next see which facilities have a website, usually their website will have all their information online so you won't even have to try and reach out to a busy manager. Compare prices and costs, and don't forget location. Location location location, Google maps has a cool thing now where you can simply type in storage, and they will show you all the storage facilities on the map, You can easily see which facilities are near you or near a major road that you use.
2. Read reviews! One of the best ways to find out about the storage facilities is by reading the reviews that other people have written. If there is only one or two bad reviews, don't discount it but look at all the reviews of the facility as a whole. See if there are pictures of the facility that you can look at. Are there walls around the facility? security lights? what kind of neighborhood is it located in.
3. Check out the features that the storage facility offers. Ask the questions of how does billing work, how many ways can I find my bill, can I be emailed or text messaged my invoice? Can i login to my own account and make a payment online? Can I get set up on recurring billing? Can I fully rent a storage unit online? These are some good questions to ask yourself that can help make your life easier down the road.
Usually cost and location are the only thing people think of when renting a unit, but remember there is a lot more to it than just cost and location.
Should I get a Climate Controlled unit?
If you are looking into renting a storage unit, it may be smart to stop for a min and think about the benefits of renting a climate controlled unit. Have you ever stopped to think about what the conditions are like in a storage unit? The temperature and the humidity can effect your items. The extreme weather effects anything left out, houses, cars, etc, why wouldn't it be the same for the things you place in your self storage unit? Humidity can have a negative effect as well. Some storage facilities offer climate controlled units, and some don't, fortunately for you Southern Storage does. Climate controlled is usually going to cost a little more than the units that aren't climate controlled. Climate controlled facilities usually keep the temperature between 55-75 degrees, as well as monitoring the humidity.
The importance of having a climate controlled unit is because it prevents things such as mold, mildew, rust, and corrosion, warping, cracking and splitting of wood items, also pest infestation.
Here is a list of items that are usually stored in climate controlled storage units.
Antiques and heirlooms
Cameras and film
TV's and stereos
Computers and computer parts
Clothing (especially delicate items)
Paintings and other fine arts
Archival documents, tax files and other paperwork
Tools and machines
DVDs, CDs, video tapes, vinyl records, and software
Who wants to go to their storage unit after a year to find out that their precious items are now warped, cracked or moldy? You would probably feel that you got ripped off, and all that money you were paying each month just went down the drain. Stop for a min and think serious when renting a storage unit if you will need climate controlled or not.