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3 Things To Consider When Renting A Storage Unit

by Virgil Hopkins

If you've got a big move coming up, you may want to rely on a storage unit to hold some of your things. This will enable you to have additional space that may be necessary during your move. However, choosing the ideal unit is sure to be helpful and can make things less stressful for you. By knowing specific things you should consider before making a rental commitment, you can make a more informed choice.

The costs

Of course, you will want to choose a storage unit that is affordable for your budget. Keep in mind that the amount of your monthly fee is typically based on the size of the unit. The larger the square footage the individual unit has, the more you will be required to pay.

Studies do indicate the average cost of a 5x5 unit is only $40-$50 per month, and this is usually the smallest size that may be offered to you.

The items

You will want to look closely at the type of personal belongings you're storing. If any of these are of the more sensitive nature, such as antiques or electronics, you should strongly consider getting a climate controlled unit.

This means that the temperature must remain below 90 degrees in the summer and above 40 degrees I the winter. Additionally, climate controlled units maintain a 65% humidity level to help keep your items from being damaged during storage.

The security

One of the concerns for many people that choose a storage unit is the possibility of it being robbed. In order to have the highest peace of mind possible, you will want to know that the proper security measures are put into place for your unit.

Listed below are things you will want to ensure your storage facility has:

1.    Proper lighting – It's ideal for this facility to have lights that stay on during the nighttime hours to ward off potential robbers.

2.    Security gate – Choosing a storage unit that is enclosed by a gate after office hours is ideal.

3.    Padlock – You will want to put a padlock on your individual unit for an added amount of security.

The benefits of relying on a storage unit are many, and you're sure to enjoy the extra space during your move. Be sure to discuss any questions you may have with the moving and storage manager of the facility before making a commitment. Contact a company like American Storage for more advice.