7 Things Everyone Should Know...
...before renting self storage
First time self storage user? Bombarded with unfamiliar information? Take a couple of minutes to read our article, which will help you find the right storage facility.
1. Fit for purpose:
Consider carefully what items you intend to store, you don’t want your valuables damaged. If you are storing furniture, documents, electrical goods, clothing or bedding, make sure nothing to be stored is damp and only use a storage facility that can provide dry, clean and well ventilated storage units. It’s always a good idea to speak to the storage manager if you have concerns about what you intent to store, or see what other people have said about that facility.
Some operators will move you in on a cheap storage rate only to raise your fees a few months later. Before you decide to rent a unit, ask your manager to explain the procedure for raising rents and how often it has been raised in the past.
3. Piece of mind:
If at all possible, visit the storage facility and ask to see the actual unit you will be renting. Check for damp, puddles on the floor or water stains on the wall. Since most facilities would not be responsible for water damage, ensure there are no problems with leaky roofs, ceilings or pipe work.
Decide what type of access hours you will need. Then decide what size space you require. Most people want regular 24/7 access evenings and weekends and rent more space than necessary. Believe it or not a two bedroom flat generally requires an 8’ x 10’ unit (80SqFt/our 'Small' unit). You can stand furniture on end and stack boxes on top of other items to save space. And don't forget to check if your storage provider charges for out of hours (24/7) access. RedSpot does not.
Decide how you would like to use and access your storage unit. Is it an advantage to have a ground floor unit that you can park right in front of? Or, will an upper level unit that is only accessible by lifts, stairs and corridors be right for you? Ask the storage manager if there is a rental premium charged on ground floor units or discount on upper level units? It's also worth noting that all the units at RedSpot city centre location are ground-floor, drive-up units.
Many facilities still charge a security deposit. Be sure to ask if there are any hidden charges in addition to the storage rental rate you were quoted. Ask if they accept credit cards or provide for on-line bill payments. Automated payment systems eliminate late fees.
Although self storage companies take extensive measures to keep your belongings safe, it is always wise to insure the goods you are storing. Storage insurance is usually available when you rent, but before you sign up check with your house hold insurer. Quite often, your household insurance or renter's policy will cover you at no extra cost if your facility is fenced and has security cameras.