If you have never rented a storage unit before, the process may seem overwhelming. Fortunately, there are only a few steps you need to follow to secure the storage that you need.
Choose the Facility Type
There are different types of facilities. First, you need to decide whether you want a facility with indoor access or drive-up access. The next decision is also about accessibility—you must decide between 24-hour access or limited access during business hours only. Finally, determine whether you prefer a standard unit or one with climate control. If you will be storing items that can be damaged by extreme temperatures or humidity, then a climate-controlled unit is the best option.
Determine Your Lease Requirements
Most storage units are available on month-to-month leases, which means you can move out any time as long as you provide a notice a month in advance. In some cases, though, there may be other lease options available, which may afford you savings. Many facilities will provide rental discounts if you sign a lease for 3, 6, or 12 months at a time. If you know you will be in the unit for an extended period, a longer lease may be worthwhile.
Sign the Agreement
Once you have settled on a facility and a lease term, it's time to sign the agreement. This is a straight forward process, but be prepared to provide the facility manager with your name, address, and a copy of your identification card. You will also be provided with a list of items that you can store, such as firearms and flammable items. Read over the agreement carefully before signing to ensure there are no surprises hidden within it.
Procure Rental Insurance
Many facilities require that tenants have proof of rental insurance. Your storage unit may already be covered underneath a home insurance or home rental insurance policy. If it isn't, you can find low-cost storage insurance on your own or purchase a policy through the storage facility. Most facilities do contract with an insurance company for just this purpose.
Provide the Lock
Finally, it's rare that a facility provides you with a lock for your unit. Key locks are more secure than combination locks. Opt for a secure outdoor padlock. Discus locks, which are round, are preferred for storage units because very little of the locking bar is accessible, which makes them hard to cut through. Once you have the lock, you are ready to move your belongings into your new unit.
Contact a self-storage facility in your area for more help.