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What to Consider When Choosing a Self Storage Facility

by Nate Biggs 08/04/2019

You need a self-storage facility if you want to be more organized or you are moving to your new apartment. Now, how can you choose the right self-storage facility considering the numerous options available? These are the tips that will help you decide on the storage facility that is perfect for you: 

Decide what you want to store 

Before you start looking for the right facility to use, you need to know how much space you need. Knowing your space requirement is essential because you will see the type of unit to rent. If you have furniture, paperwork, antiques, boat or vehicle that requires storage, you will need more expansive space. In short, the type of facility you need depends on what you intend to store. For instance, your artwork and antiques require climate control while outdoor storage is perfect for your RV.

Check insurance requirements 

Look at the renter's policy or your homeowner's insurance to check if it covers the items that you intend to store. Checking the insurance requirement is essential because the company might stipulate the storage that your insurance policy includes.

Check the facility features 

Storage facilities that give you unrestricted access to your unit whenever you need it are the ones you should consider. Some facilities are only accessible during business hours while some have 24-hours access. The security of the facility is also an important consideration. Apart from having a fence and a gate, it should have a functioning surveillance camera.

Consider the distance 

Driving across the town every time to get to your unit can be frustrating; therefore you should consider the distance when choosing a self-storage facility. It might just be worth paying a bit extra for your convenience. 

Know the facility policies 

All the facilities have their rules. It is vital that you check the facility policies before making your decision. Some do monthly rentals while others rent for a contracted period only. You should also note that most facilities have rules guiding the kind of items you can store in their facility. Therefore, beware of their policies and follow them.

Read online reviews

Check online to read reviews from previous users before you make your choice. Consider the facility that provides excellent service and is also convenient for you. 

Regardless of the storage facility you intend to go for, be sure that their charges are within your budget, and it is convenient for you. Also find out their fines for late fees, long-term discounts and other offers you may be able to utilize.

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Nate Biggs

From finding dream homes to Fix & Flips to cash-flowing investment properties, Nate loves helping clients make their goals a reality. With a degree in Architecture and a Master’s Degree in Real Estate and Construction Management, Nate has over 15 years of experience in real estate acquisitions and property management. Nate worked for large publicly-traded apartment REITs as well as small joint-venture partnerships to buy, sell, finance and manage apartment and mixed-use properties all over the country. Before becoming a licensed Realtor, Nate negotiated and closed billions of dollars of real estate transactions and gained extensive, well-rounded knowledge of real estate fundamentals, finance and income properties.

A Colorado native, Nate has always been most interested in the Denver real estate market and helping friends and family achieve their real estate goals, whether it is a dream home or an investment property. Nate has helped clients turn retirement funds, savings, 1031 exchanges and other funds into cash-flowing investments bringing far better returns than their previous investments. With a young, growing family of his own, Nate understands the challenges that families face in this busy real estate market. Nate is driven by the desire to provide service that exceeds all expectations and creates a worry-free, positive and fun buying and selling experience.