When you're trying to sync moving out of or into a foreclosed home, there might be a lull between living arrangements when you'll have to put some items in storage. This article will take you through some of the more important issues that come up when looking for the best storage facility for you.
You basically have three:
If you're using a moving company, they will usually have storage units you can rent. The upside is that you have one entity handling the relocation and storage, which can save you effort and maybe some money as well. When you're ready to receive the items, the moving company can deliver them to you as their schedule allows.
With self storage, you do all the work. You load the truck and unload the goods at the storage facility into a storage container. When you want to access your stuff, you retrieve it on your own.
Mobile storage is a third offering: a large container is dropped off at your home or business, where you fill it. It is then picked up by the storage company and taken to a large facility. When you need it, it's delivered.
2. Do I Really Need It?
Try to get rid of stuff. The more junk you have, the more work for you.
Here are some questions you should ask:
Do I need it?
When did I use it last?
Will I ever use it again?
Does it have sentimental value? If so, is it enough to compensate for the work and expense to store it?
3. Is This the Best Place?
Consider a place close to home. You might not think you'll need to visit your stuff often, but you never know. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
Also, check access times at the storage facility. Some places offer 24-hour access while others have normal business hours. Some even require 24-hour advance notification.
4. Is It Secure?
Investigate the security. How does the facility plan to store your goods? Are the security measures different during regular business hours vs. after-hours? What kind of neighborhood is it? Would you be comfortable visiting during off-hours?
5. Am I Covered by Insurance?
Insurance is an important issue to investigate, especially if you have high-value items stored. Storage companies offer their own insurance and it is recommended you find out about the facility's coverage in case of fire, flood or other disasters. Make sure to ask your own agent if your renters insurance or homeowners insurance will cover any additional loss.
6. Special Needs
You may need a storage unit with climate control. Humidity and extreme temperatures can wreck havoc with some of goods, especially furs. Be sure to ask the sales rep what the best storage option is for you.
7. How Much Space?
Discuss current and future needs with the storage facility so they can give you options that fit your budget.
8. How Much Will It Cost?
Prices range depending on size, rental period and special needs. Look for companies offering deals (one month free is common) and any breaks that might be available for longer-term commitments.
9. What Can I Store?
Some things you don't want to store: perishable food (you don't want pests), combustible materials, plants, high-value items and guns. Be sure to ask your storage company for a list of items that are not allowed.
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