If you have some valuable belongings that you need to store for an extended period of time, you are going to need to check out some self-storage facilities. When you check out some self-storage facilities, it helps to know what to look for. You want to store your belongings somewhere that feels secure.
Controlled Entry Point
First, you want to look for a controlled entry point. Can people just drive up to the storage unit or do they have to go through a gate with a code? Can people just walk off the street and up to a storage unit, or do they have to go through an office or enter a code to gain access to the building?
You want to rent space in a storage facility that has a controlled entry point. This limits the number of people who have access to the facility, which helps increase the security of your belongings.
Next, when you tour a facility, be sure to keep an eye out for security cameras. Do you see any security cameras hanging up? Ideally, security cameras should be located near entry points to the storage units. Security cameras should also be set up to look down the corridors to see who is accessing each unit. You don't necessarily need a security camera that is pointed directly at your particular unit, but you do want to see security cameras covering the premise.
Third, be sure and ask if the security unit has 24-hour monitoring. Your goods are going to be there 24 hours a day, so you want to make sure that your goods are protected all the time. 24-hour security can be provided through a monitored security camera system, by having an employee on site at all times, or by having a security company assigned to the facility or a security company that stops by from time to time.
Finally, it is pretty common for security facilities to ask you to provide your own lock for your unit. This is actually a good feature. By asking you to provide your own lock to the storage unit, the security facility is ensuring that you are the only person who will have a key to that lock. No one at the facility will be able to get into the unit, and you don't have to worry about a past renter of the same unit using a duplicate key to get into your unit. If a security facility has traditional locks on each unit, make sure that they rekey each unit every time a unit turns over.
Go to websites of local storage companies to find one that fits your needs.Share
23 April 2018
I still remember when I moved into my very first apartment after I graduated from college. All I had to move were a few boxes of my belongings across town and then wait for the furniture company to drop off my new furniture! I soon found out that the longer you live in one place, the more "stuff" you end up having. The next time I moved, I remember feeling very overwhelmed and didn't have anyone go give me good moving advice. I know there are other people like I was and facing a difficult move without a lot of people to help. I want to help make everyone's moves easier by making a blog with my moving tips. I plan to post new advice frequently, so come back when you need moving help!