If you are planning on moving some of your belongings to a self-storage unit, you should first be researching the facilities before you settle on one. This ensures you are choosing a facility that has a unit to accommodate your needs and that has proper security. Here are some questions to ask the self-storage facility to find out if they are a good fit.
What security measures do you have in place?
One of the most important things to find out about a self-storage unit is what type of security they offer. They should preferably be a gated facility that requires a code to be entered in order to gain access. While some of them have a small side gate open during the day for people walking in and renting a unit, the main drive-in gate should be locked at all times. Find out who can get access to the facility and what security is in place around the units. Are there surveillance cameras? Does the facility have standing guards walking the premises? These are important details to find out about.
Do you offer climate-controlled units?
You may have items that require a certain temperature or level of humidity, so this is something to find out. Many storage facilities offer at least a small number of units that have climate control. This is good if you plan to store paper items or books, antiques or collectibles, or furniture. These types of items need climate control to protect them, along with electronics, appliances, and musical instruments being stored. Make sure you know there is a climate-controlled unit available in the size you are looking for.
What size units do you have?
Speaking of sizes, find out now what all sizes they offer at the facility, and which ones are currently available. Even if right now you only have a small amount of boxes to be stored, you might later on decide to store furniture and require a larger unit. It is much easier to move to a larger unit in the same facility than switch facilities altogether. It is worth your time to find out about their sizes and ensure they have larger sizes available.
When all is said and done, the storage facility should have optimal security, allow you to use your own padlock, and have a wide range of security units available. It is also a good idea to pay close attention to their customer service, as this could make or break a good facility. Contact All American Mini Storage or your local storage facility for inquiries.