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When shopping around for self-storage make sure the
facility you choose specializes in self-storage. They
need to be experts in renting storage units and must be able to help
you choose the correct size for your needs. Not
only should they be able to save you money in selecting the correct
size, but also in making recommendations on the most efficient way to
utilize your unit. This will be of great
service in helping you protect your sensitive items and it will allow
for a much easier move out from your storage unit.
Do they offer a packing guide or professional advice on using
It is important to find a storage facility that is
knowledgeable and willing to give you advice on the most efficient way
of packing your unit. Offering a packing
guide is a good indication that management is proactive and ready to
educate you on the best and most effective way of utilizing your
storage area. This guide will be of great
value, as it will make suggestions on how to pack the unit to allow
access to items you will need while utilizing the storage space. In addition, the packing guide will give you
helpful hints on how to move, store and protect your sensitive items.
What security features are most important?
Security is one of the top three reasons a customer
chooses a self-storage facility. This is a
valid consideration as many locations are inferior in terms of what
they offer in the way of security features. Even
if you live in a safe area, it is critical that you choose a location
that will do everything possible to protect your belongings. Be sure the
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| location you select has security fencing and
lighting all around the storage area. The
fencing will help keep intruders from entering the storage area, while
the lighting will help prevent after-hours crime as a result of the
increased visibility. Ask if the storage
facility offers an electronic access system. Electronic access systems
are great for protecting your belongings and deterring crime. These systems only allow access to current
customers, they provide a printout of who is entering and exiting the
storage area and they help to monitor any suspicious activity. Lastly, make sure you ask the manager what
services they will provide to help protect your valuables. For
example, do they conduct an on-site security check each day to ensure
the safety of every storage unit? Have
they given the local authorities a twenty-four hour gate code to
conduct drive thru security checks, anytime, day or night?
These are just a few considerations to investigate
when looking at the security of a self-storage facility.
Is customer service really important when using
When selecting a self-storage location, be sure the
management is helpful and willing to take care of your every need. This can be easily determined from the initial
phone call or visit to the facility. Is the manager friendly, helpful
and available on-site during business hours? Do
they make suggestions on how to store and pack your belongings? How are they at assessing your needs and
making recommendations on the correct unit size (which will save you
money and/or frustration caused by moving into a unit that is too small
or too large)? Does the management
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appear to be proactive and helpful in collecting rent on time – i.e.
sending out monthly invoices as friendly reminders?
This is especially useful in helping you to avoid
paying late charges that, over a period of time, increase the cost of
your storage unit. Does the facility offer
services to help you take care of all your moving needs in one location
– such as free use of a truck, supplying moving supplies, boxes and
locks? As the self-storage industry
continues to become more retail oriented, the need for these types of
customer service will become a necessity.
Do you need climate-controlled storage?
demand for climate-controlled storage continues to grow as the consumer
becomes better educated on how to use it. This
type of storage is used primarily by a company storing documents,
pharmaceutical sales reps, individuals storing antiques, electronics,
pictures or items that are sensitive to fluctuations in temperature or
humidity levels. The vast majority of self-storage users can store
their belongings in a non-climate controlled storage unit, especially
if it is insulated properly. If you only have a few items that are
sensitive to temperature or humidity change, you might consider renting
two units. A small climate controlled unit
can house those few sensitive items and an additional non-climate unit
can be utilized for everything else.
This report was written by Brad
North, founder of Advantage Business Consulting. Mr.
North specializes in consulting to the self-storage industry. For more information contact: www.AdvantageBusiness
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