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While on the phone the other day, I helped give a young woman some advice on looking for the best storage facility. She claimed that she had been looking for quite some time but she would always get confused because everyone had something different to offer or someone had the same features to offer her. I advised her on the following things to look for when looking for a top notch facility.
Make sure the facility has the space or unit you are looking for. If you are looking for a parking space, then you should not attempt to go with a facility who does not offer a parking space for your needs. If you are looking for a space for your two bedroom apartment, ensure they are going to have a space that can fit everything inside without being too big. You do not want to pay for more space than you need. When looking for the right facility for you, make sure they have the space you are looking for because otherwise renting there is pointless.
Do not always shop for the lowest price because you will be disappointed. Most of the time a facility that has the lowest price tends to be lacking in other areas. If they are able to give you pricing that is far below the pricing of everyone else that you are looking at then they are not as nice of a property. Typically what you will find from a very low cost facility is that they are lacking in security, convenient features and also sometimes customer service. When you are storing your belongings, you want to ensure those belongings are safe. The more things in between the general public and your belongings, the better. Look for a gated community, door alarms, surveillance cameras and sometimes even inside storage. The more questions you ask about the facility, the better.
Is the facility close to you? You do not want to go too far to get to your belongings. If you are the kind of person that will need to visit their facility a couple of times a week or in a two week period, then you most likely want a space that is close to you. There are some local self storage facilities in your area that are close to your home or your work. Seek them out and you can save some time, money and also gas.
Is the facility honest, and seem to be who they say they are? No one likes to be lied to. If you feel that the place you are attempting to store is being dishonest, then you should not store there. The manager at the store should be very truthful to you and help you out to their best ability. If they quote you a price over the phone then give a different price when you come in, you should turn around and leave. Do not rent from a dishonest facility.
Finally, I told her to make sure to always remember that during the summer months, storage is in its highest demand. If a facility has a lot of available units, or a very cheap rate, it is usually because they are left trying to fill their facilities. When storage facilities have many vacancies they become desperate to rent them. Ensure that you are not fooled by a facility that is not up to your standards.
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