What to Consider Before Renting a Storage Unit

Lock on storage unitLiving in a city means that space is likely to be tight, and renting a storage unit could be the most efficient way to save room in your home. Before you begin packing things to put away, there are several factors to consider prior to picking a storage company.

What is your storage budget?

Most storage companies offer monthly plans for non-climate controlled and climate-controlled units and may offer introductory prices, such as a free month or a discounted period when you first begin using their facilities. While the introductory fee may seem like a bargain, make sure when the regular price kicks in it will not exceed your budget for the unit. Paying your storage bill is critical, especially if you are keeping your valuables in your unit. If the company is not paid for an extended period of time, they may have the right to evict your items from the unit and hold a public auction. You should also make sure there is not a mandatory length of time you need to be paying for the unit. If you only need space for a month while you move between places, don’t get stuck in a six-month contract you can’t get out of.

Do your things need to be kept at a certain temperature?

Consider the type of belongings you are looking to store in a unit. Will they be damaged if the space they are in is too hot or cold? If your unit is located outside, it may be exposed to hot summer rays or frigid winds, depending on the season. Before you pick a unit, discuss climate control concerns with each company representative. If you are storing antiques, photos or old records, keeping the items safe may come at additional cost.

Will your belongings be kept safe?

Leaving your items with a storage company requires a level of trust in the company to keep your memories protected from harm or burglary. Safety may change from location to location and range from surveillance cameras in hallways to individual alarms in each unit. An indoor facility may lock the doors overnight and require sign-ins to monitor whoever is in the building.

You should also check your insurance policy to make sure your items are covered by theft and other emergencies, from fires to floods. The facility may have insurance to protect the building, but your belongings may not be covered. If storage is not covered by your current policy, most companies will add coverage for a low monthly fee.

Storage Solutions in Greater Boston

OnDemand Storage provides stress-free storage options throughout the Greater Boston Area for homeowners, renters, and students. We provide pickup and delivery services, so you never have to step foot in the unit, and you will be able to monitor your storage right from your cell phone! OnDemand Storage can be reached at 1.855.216.6617 or by filling out our online contact form.