5 Tips For Renting A Storage Unit

Renting a storage unit can provide a solution for a number of problems-- whether you're moving, taking an extended trip, or have inherited a lot of belongings, a storage unit provides a secure place to safely keep your things. Use the following tips to ensure that your experience renting a storage unit is positive:

Climate Control

While the majority of storage units are located outdoors without heat or air conditioning, there are select storage companies that provide climate controlled units. These units may be more expensive to rent, but it may be worth the cost if you are storing expensive items, or sentimental items that you won't ever be able to replace if they become damaged due to being stored in a unit that becomes hot in the summer and freezing cold in the winter.

Purchase Insurance

Anyone who owns a home most likely is required to have homeowners insurance. When you store your belongings, it is a very good idea to purchase storage insurance (and some storage unit facilities require it). When you purchase storage insurance, your belongings will be protected against theft, fire, flooding, and infestation from insects or rodents.

Read Your Contract Carefully

Renting a storage unit requires a lot more than just showing up and making a payment. When you rent a storage unit it is essential to read the contract carefully to ensure that there are no surprises. A reputable storage unit facility will provide you with a detailed contract that outlines all fees, insurance requirements, a payment schedule, how to access the facility, and what happens if payment is not made.

Ask About Security

The security of a storage unit facility is important for your belongings, as well as yourself if you ever have to visit at night or outside of business hours. It is a good idea to look for a facility that is well lit, with a secure gate at the entrance, and multiple security cameras monitoring the premises. Some storage unit facilities employ a night guard, which may be a positive feature if you plan to visit your storage unit after dark on a regular basis.

Know Who Can Access Your Storage Unit

If you want other family members to be able to access the storage unit that is in your name, it is important to inquire about the facility's visitor policy. Some facilities will allow visitors to access a unit at any time as long as they have a gate code and key or combination to the lock on the unit. Other facilities require an appointment for visitors during business hours. Your visitors may also have to present identification and proof that they are allowed to access your unit.

For more information about self-storage units, contact a professional like those at Epic Group Inc .