So, you’ve finally decided to rent a storage unit. We hope to hear from you! But you’ve only taken the first step. While it might be a big one, now you have to find the best storage facility.
Most people end up choosing one that is close to home so they can get to their stuff fairly easily. After that, one of the only things that unit renters consider is the security if the unit, which in most cases consists of the lock that they put on the door.
So, if they have a big, secure lock on a unit in a storage facility that’s close to home, most unit renters are happy.
Happy until they open their unit later and realized that they didn’t think about some of the other risks that their stuff is exposed to in a storage unit. Risks that can mean your stuff is gone, or ruined, just like if you left the unit wide open.
Yup. Everything from little mice, that are capable of big destruction, to raccoons, who will turn your furniture into a cozy home, can get into storage units. Look for a storage facility with an active rodent control program.
The biggest locks in the world won’t stop fire from damaging or destroying your belongings. Make sure your self storage unit has its own sprinklers.
3. Moisture, Mold & Mildew
If anything that you’re storing is made of fabric paper or wood, it might be susceptible to moisture damage, which can include mold and mildew growth. There’s nothing worse than going to pick-up your furniture and find out it’s being eaten by a fungus. If your things are at risk of moisture damage, you should consider a climate-controlled self storage unit.
Of course, security and location are high priorities when choosing a self-storage facility, but they shouldn’t be the only ones.