From a self-storage company’s point of view, it seems like there are just two different types of people in the world: those who use self-storage units regulalry and those who have never used self-storage. In other words, it’s rare that people try self–storage once or twice and never do so again. If they try it, they like it.
For those who haven’t rented a unit before, it might be due to questions that they don’t know the answers for. While the FAQ pages on storage sites will help you better understand that particular storage company, they don’t often address the general questions that many people have, but few people answer.
Here are some of the more common questions we get asked when people inquire about renting storage units.
1. Are my belongings insured when they’re in storage?
The answer is: ‘maybe’. First, if you’re looking for insurance coverage as part of your regular monthly fee, we don’t know of any storage companies who provide that. Your home or business’ content insurance may provide insurance coverage for anything you keep in storage units. Many storage companies work with insurance providers to give unit renters the option to buy storage insurance.
2. What can I store in a unit?
Just about anything, but there are a few exceptions. You can’t store animals, dead or alive. Animals tend to attract other animals and that puts the entire facility at risk. You can’t store anything else that attracts animals, like food, seeds and water. For obvious reasons, you can’t store anything that is explosive or combustible. One more thing: you can’t store humans – you’re not allowed to live in a storage unit!
3. How much can I store in a unit?
While this might seem like an easy question to answer, it really isn’t. First of all, storage units come in a variety of sizes, so how much you can store would depend partly on the unit size. Another factor is whether or not you need easy access to the unit’s contents. For example, if you are storing business inventory, you may need room to get around the unit on a regular basis, which means you can’t pack the unit from floor to ceiling and from back to front.
If you have any other questions about storage units and how they can work for you, please don’t hesitate to call us here at Vault Self Storage – we have lots of answers!