3 Things To Ask Before Renting From a Storage Company

3 Things To Ask Before Renting From a Storage Company

If you’re looking to get a storage unit for your belongings, you’re probably one of the millions of Americans that have more items than they have space for. There are, on average, 300,000 items in an American home. With all those items, it can be hard to find a place for them all.

Which is why many look to a variety of storage solutions to store, protect, and hold on to items that may be of value, either monetary or sentimental. But no matter if you’re getting personal storage, company storage, on-demand storage (also known as full-service storage), you should make sure to ask the right questions to the property owner.

You want to be informed as to what kind of service you can be expecting, what kind of people will be in charge of watching your possessions, and other factors.

To help you get an idea of what kind of questions to ask the property owner, here is a list of a few that we can think of:

  1. Ask If You Can See Your Unit

    Either the unit you’re getting at the facility, or at least a unit on the same floor or in the same area. Some facilities will show you a clean, 3rd-floor unit, but actually rent you a dirty, bug-infested basement one. These are generally not locations you want to be renting space from.

    Be assertive if you have to, you deserve to know what you’re paying for.

  2. Are There Discounts or Specials?

    Some storage companies will offer you the first month free or for cheap, which makes the transition can make the transition from an old facility or unit to a new one easier. And less harsh on your wallet. Even if the company doesn’t offer these services, asking never hurts.

  3. What Happens On Late Payments?

    Storage units aren’t treated like apartments, at least not in many locations. Generally speaking, if you haven’t paid by the first day of the month? You’re late. The grace periods will vary by company, or by state, and some cases mean that being late by even a few days means your contents can be auctioned off.

    Make sure you know what the units and companies policies are about late fees before you get stuck attempting a money transfer at the last minute. You don’t want to deal with the worrying that comes with that situation.

In general, you won’t have these situations too often, especially the last one. And with services like Full-Service Storage, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to get access to see the unit. But, it doesn’t hurt to try asking ahead of time.

What Is Full-Service Storage And How Can It Help You?

What Is Full-Service Storage And How Can It Help You?

Full-service storage, also known as on demand storage, is one of many storage solutions offered by today’s growing commercial and personal storage industries. One out of every 10 Americans rent offsite storage. Full-service storage has been a rising trend due to the convenience the service offers, especially among the Millennial generation, who are willing to pay a little more for the convenience.

But how does it work?

A typical on demand storage company will pick up, store, and then return your items upon demand. All you, as the customer, have to do is pack up your items at home. The company will take care of everything else, bringing a truck to load up to your home and will haul your belongings to a secure storage facility safely.

It’s easy, cost-efficient, and you never have to leave your home to store or receive your items. The only real drawback is that you can’t visit the facility yourself, you have to demand your possessions to be delivered to you.

This is to protect them from any potential thieves that may enter the building. No one outside of the company personnel is allowed on site.

Often this delivery can be free for a few times a month, then begin to cost money after the set amount of times has been met. This can vary from company to company, so it’s recommended that you ask before hand.

In recent years, technology has become a larger part of the industry. Some of these full-storage businesses have opened up the usage of smartphone apps to enable customers to track inventories, and request items to be returned from their phones. In addition to that, the companies have also started creating their own back-end software to help manage inventory.

Often, you will be charged based on the amount of storage that you need or request. Paying for a certain size of space for your specific belongings. The amount of money that you pay will vary depending on the company your city. Some companies have other methods of payment and other varying factors in their cost calculation.

If you’re interested in learning more about self-storage facilities, the pricing of the spaces, or just general questions about the process, feel free to contact us. We’ll be glad to help.