The Dos And Don’ts Of Selecting A Self-Storage Unit

If you are planning on renting a self-storage unit for boxes, furniture, and other belongings, there are a few things you should do first. It is important that you don’t just choose the first storage facility you find as they are not created equal. The following tips can help you select the right self-storage unit and storage facility to fit your needs. 


One of the most important aspects of a storage facility is security. Look into the security of the facility itself and each self-storage unit. Ask the facility if they offer surveillance and whether the cameras are only at the entrance and exit, or also near the units. Find out if they have a history of break-ins if it is possible for someone to get in without a code, and what extra measures they take in the middle of the night. Also, ask about offering high-security locks for the unit, or if you have to get a lock yourself.

When you choose a storage facility and begin looking at the individual units, ask about climate-controlled units. Many facilities will either offer climate control in all units or select units and charge a higher rate. This is definitely worth it as climate control can reduce pests, keep the moisture down, and help to protect your belongings. You don’t want to store items like electronics or vintage wood furniture without being able to control the climate.


Don’t just choose a unit without looking inside, not just at the size, but the condition. Take some time inspecting the property of the storage facility and the storage unit you are thinking about getting. Do you see any signs of pests in the unit? Look for small mouse or rat droppings, or pests like cockroaches, ants, or spiders. Don’t just for these signs inside your unit, but outside in the facility as well. Also, pay attention to the size of the unit you are considering and see if your belongings will fit. Don’t just go with what a standard size unit will hold; you will be surprised by how quickly the smaller units fill up and you run out of space.

Also, don’t ignore red flags when you contact different storage facilities to decide which one is best for you. A facility that isn’t aware of the type of security they have, is constantly trying to sell you a certain type of size or unit even if you have expressed interest in another one, or who fails to answer all your questions, is not a good facility to go with. Contact a local provider, such as Magnum Self Storage, for further assistance.

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