3 things people look for when it comes to storage

Searching for storage can take a long time. You need to check different websites, figure out the size of unit you need, compare prices, find the right location, etc. If you haven’t rented a storage unit before, there may be a lot of questions that need answers before you even start your search.

Whether you’re a veteran of the game, or a newbie renting for the first time, here are three things to focus on before booking a self storage unit.

Undoubtedly the most important thing that everyone thinks about first (and right before booking) is the price of the unit. No one wants to overpay or find out later that they could have saved a few bucks with another unit down the road.

Make sure you first determine how much you want to spend. Many self storage facilities offer discounted rates at the beginning, if you guarantee that you’ll commit for a few months. It’s great to get a deal initially, but don’t break the bank once those deals are gone. Figure out the monthly price that works for you and base your price search around that.

Once you’ve figured that out, keep an eye out for deals! Most facilities offer initial booking discounts: the first month free, three months at 50%, $1 for the first month, 10% off if you commit for several months, etc. Many facilities also offer discounts to students, seniors and veterans. Make sure you mention this when you’re booking. Regardless of how long you’re looking for storage, it’s always great to get a deal at the onset!

Ok, so you’ve found the perfect self storage unit based on price… but it’s 30 miles away and offers no drive-up access. Not so good. During your search, consider convenience.

Location is important. Let’s say you find two great units at a similar price, but one is 10 miles closer to home. You’ve just saved yourself 30 to 40 minutes of commute both ways, and what’s more precious than time?!

Other amenities like drive-up access, 24 hour access, or the availability of moving equipment are bonuses. These types of perks can save you time, hassle and energy.

Last thing you’ll need when you’re driving away from your antiques, vintage vinyl collection and keepsakes that you’ve just stored in a facility away from home is the peace of mind that everything is secure.

If you’re looking for Fort Knox, keep an eye out for video surveillance, security systems, a fully fenced property, a well lit property, and a legion of commandos… ok, maybe you won’t find that last one.

Remember that self storage facilities have various security features. If this is important to you, make sure you check what’s available.

Are one of these things more important than another? Maybe paying a little less to drive further to a less secure facility works. Maybe security is the most important aspect and you’re willing to pay a little more.

With these three things in mind – price, convenience, security – you’re ready to do some research and find the storage unit that is right for you.

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17 thoughts on “3 things people look for when it comes to storage”

  1. My brother’s family are moving into a temporary home and need to store all of their things somewhere. You mentioned that people should figure out the monthly price that works for them and base their price search around that. Are there certain packages that are offered for bigger units? Finding a reputable self-storage unit might be their best option.

    1. Hi Derek… you are absolutely right. Ensuring that you book a storage unit at a reputable storage facility is super important. But… ensuring you choose a unit that doesn’t blow your budget must be factored into the decision as well. The two go hand in hand.

      Good luck finding storage for your brother’s family!

      – The FindStorageFast Team

  2. I like that you point out that it is important to take into consideration the location of the storage facility. I agree that it would be pretty annoying to have to drive 30 minutes or more to grab something and then drive that much time back as well. My mom is wanting to clear some things out of her basement to make room to remodel it. I’ll have to talk to her about these tips when looking for somewhere to store them.

  3. I like what you said about keeping an eye out for deals. Like you said, most self-storage facilities will offer some kind of initial booking discount. I’ve heard that some facilities will give a discount if you keep your assigned unit clean and maintained. Is that true? I’m having to move soon, but I have to leave some stuff behind. I’ll have to keep these tips in mind as I decided which storage company to choose!

  4. I like your tip to take security into account when choosing storage units. I also appreciate what you said about convenience, I think it’s easy to forget something like convenience when picking a storage unit. I’ve heard it’s a good idea to also use pallets to use in your storage units to keep your items from being damaged by water and pests. Thanks for the tips!

  5. This is some really good information about storage facilities. I like that you talked about how it would be smart to get a place that has security systems in place. I know that I wouldn’t want to leave my stuff somewhere without protection.

  6. I’m looking to get a storage unit to put my extra holiday decorations in. I agree that convenience is a great thing to look for so that you can get to your unit easier. Another thing to look for is a storage unit that has a good reputation and is available 24/7.

  7. My wife and I are leaving the country for a few months before we move into our new home here. We need a place to store most of our stuff until we can return and move it in. I agree that an important thing to look for is security. I like that you mentioned to make sure there are cameras around. They can be a great deterrent to criminals. We will have to find a place that has cameras set up.

  8. I like that you said that location is important. When I was looking for a storage unit I had to ask around to learn if there was one around. It might be a good idea to learn about what is around your area before you decide that you are going to need one.

  9. Thanks for the reminder that location is important when choosing a storage facility. My husband and I are going to be downsizing, so we have some furniture and other stuff we’d like to store. I’ve been focusing a lot on price, but I’m glad you mentioned location because I think that’s important too. I’ll definitely take that into consideration more as I continue our search.

  10. My father-in-law has been looking at getting a self storage unit for a lot stuff he has cluttering up his basement. The article says you’ll want to consider price, convenience, and security when choosing a unit but it doesn’t talk about what is okay to store at a storage facility. Are there certain things that aren’t considered safe to store in a storage unit? Or does it depend on the rules of the facility?

  11. I agree that when choosing a storage company it is better to find something that is close to you. It makes sense that keeping this in mind can help you get the things you need fast in case of an emergency.I would want to make sure I shop around and compare several companies to make sure I choose a place I can trust.

  12. I think it’s important to consider security for your storage as well. Like you said, you need have peace of mind as you drive away from all of your belongings. You wouldn’t store things you didn’t care about having anymore, after all!

  13. I walked into a clothes store and it seemed like they were overstocked with shoes, clothes, and other items. I would imagine investing in a storage unit for some of their inventory would be a great idea, but I am no expert. I was surprised to know that Many self-storage facilities offer discounted rates at the beginning if you guarantee that you’ll commit for a few months. I would imagine this may help them out so that the store doesn’t feel congested!

  14. You made a good point that it’s important to find a storage unit that fits your budget. I would think it’s nice to not have to worry about the items you are keeping in your unit. I bet there are a lot of different kinds of units, as well, and you should try to get the one that fits your needs.

  15. I agree that location is important when you ar looking for somewhere to store your furniture. I would imagine that if you can find a reliable facility close to home that could save you a lot of time. I recently inherited a few pieces of furniture so I’ll have to find a storage facility close by to fit them in until I can move into a bigger house.

  16. My brother is moving into a smaller home. His last child has moved out to go to college, but they have a ton of extra furniture. I didn’t realize security features like cameras, electric locks, and security staff should be considered when deciding on a storage facility. I’ll be sure to let my brother know about this consideration when he starts looking.

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