What Should I Consider When Renting a Storage Unit?

Garry Crystal

Renting a storage unit requires careful consideration ahead of time. There are many different types of storage units available and many different requirement specifications. Many units are climate controlled to protect valuables that can deteriorate over time, such as fur coats or valuable books. There are many aspects to investigate before you rent a storage unit.

Items not worth keeping should be sold at a yard sale.
Items not worth keeping should be sold at a yard sale.

Before renting a storage unit, you should research the storage standards for the particular unit. Questions to ask include where the storage unit is situated. Is it in a safe area of town? Is it accessible 24 hours, and how much notice does the company need before you can retrieve one or all of your belongings? Does the company perform frequent pest control procedures on the storage unit? Are the units guarded, or is there a closed circuit television facility recording the units?

Location is important when renting a storage unit.
Location is important when renting a storage unit.

When renting a storage unit, you may want to make a list of the items you are thinking of storing and decide whether you really need them or not. Since many people naturally hold on to things they no longer need or use, you may want to conduct a quick assessment before sending it off to storage. Those things you find aren't worth keeping can be donated or sold at a yard sale.

The amount of things you have will determine the size of the storage unit you'll need, and the size of the storage unit will determine how much you'll have to pay for the storage unit. Therefore, it may be best to try to minimize the amount you store.

Another thing to consider is how long you plan on storing your things. When getting price quotes, you may want to ask for the costs for both long and short term rentals. If you are moving and need storage for an interim period, you may want to ask your moving company if they have their own storage units.

With the exception of food, almost anything can be stored in a storage unit, from a second car to a family boat. Really, the only limit to the size of the item to be stored is your budget.

One of the most important considerations to remember when renting a storage unit is insurance. The storage unit may have its own insurance, or it may be covered under your home insurance policy. You should look into that before selecting a company to go with. Finally, make sure that once you have obtained your storage unit, you do not keep piling junk into it. In the end, you may have to rent another storage unit to take care of the clutter in your original unit!

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Most people just push everything they own into self storage and forget about it. That's why self storage is getting more and more popular now.

People should realize that most of the stuff they store has no value at all.


Greenweaver- I will have to try that next time. Another thing to keep in mind is making sure you

Storage facilities sell double-sided locks and offer insurance for your personal belongings. It is also important to note the type of security the facility has and making sure that the storage facility is in a safe neighborhood.

Camera surveillance is preferred as well as a security measure regarding entry. For example, some storage centers offer special codes for you to enter the elevator.

This is for your safety and security because many times you will be entering a storage unit center when there are no personnel on site.

Drive up access or first-floor accommodations might be best if safety is a concern. This makes it easier for you to access your unit and will probably make easier for you to get in and out safely.


SauteePan- I have used Self Storage Finders myself when looking for a mini storage unit. It is a service that helps you find the most competitive rates for self storage in your area. It really saved me a lot of time.


BrickBack- I wanted to add that cheap storage units can be found if you shop around. You can find the storage unit cheaper if you know what many of the companies are charging.

Sometimes storage unit companies will match a competitor's special or they may offer you your first month free.


It is really a great suggestion to make a list of the items that you want to store. This will help you determine which size storage unit is best for you.

When looking for a self storage unit it is best to search online first and then maybe go to the facility and look at the storage unit.

This will give you an idea of what the storage unit looks like and if the facility is well-kept.

It is ideal for the storage unit to be a climate controlled storage unit. This will give the proper ventilation necessary for your items and will eliminate the possibility of developing mold and mildew smell on your personal belongings.

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