Top Tips When Choosing a Self-Storage Unit

Do you need extra storage space? Perhaps you need to store some furniture you no longer use, electronics or your boat during winter. The extract below discusses the various considerations you should make when choosing a self-storage unit. 


Choose a unit located close to your current residence. This ensures you have an easy time transporting items to and from the storage unit. When relocating, most removal companies will offer to drop some of your things at a storage facility of your choice. It is a sure way to ensure your products are safely transported to the storage unit.

Choose a Suitable Unit

What do you intend to store in the unit? Choosing a large unit ensures you have ample space to utilise in the future. Humidity can damage items such as art, electronics, furniture, wine, fabrics and vinyl records. As such, consider a climate-controlled unit. Some storage companies provide specialised storage units where you can store your classic car, recreational vehicle or boat. 

Security Features

The storage facility should have adequate security. For instance, armed guards will prevent unauthorised personnel from accessing the facility. The facility should also have CCTV and restricted access systems. Further, they should have a fire alarm and extinguishers to respond to fire incidents. Your home insurance may cover items at a self-storage facility. If it does not, take out a self-storage insurance policy. 

Extra Services

Some self-storage companies provide extra services to ensure customers get value for their money. These include: 

  1. Business suites with offices and conference facilities.
  2. Long-term parking solutions for vehicles that you do not use regularly.
  3. Full-service self-storage. The company will pick up item from your home and deliver them to your storage unit at your request.
  4. Portable storage containers. The company will bring a storage unit to your home. They will pick it up when you no longer need storage services.


The storage unit should be reasonably priced. Compare quotes from a few companies before making your choice. Beware of additional costs. For instance, you may have to pay more for extra services such as parking and office space. Inquire about the terms of payment. For example, what would happen if you were late in paying rent?

Check the terms and conditions of the contract. For instance, will the company provide repair and maintenance services? Are you allowed to customise the unit? What items are restricted in the facility? Most companies will prohibit you from storing flammable substances, guns and food. 

When choosing a storage unit, examine its location, its size, the security features, any extra services, the pricing and the company's terms and conditions.