3 Questions To Ask Before Moving Items Into Storage

Storage units can be very helpful in many situations and ways. If you’re looking to declutter your home, putting some of your older belongings into a storage unit can help you free up loads of space in your home. You don’t want to throw these things away as they’re valuable to you in some way, but they take up loads of room and are never really used. So, storage units are the perfect solution. 

Similarly, if you’re moving home, putting things in storage can help you during the moving process. There could be a period when you haven’t found a new house, but you’ve had to move out of your current one. As such, you might be living with your parents or in a small apartment until you find your new home. In either case, there’s not enough room for all of your stuff, so you need to keep it in storage. 

You get the idea; storage units are helpful! But, there are some key questions to ask before you pick a storage provider and start moving your things:

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How will I move my things into the storage unit?

A very important question. Will the providers come and load everything onto a truck for you, or will you need to load up your car and bring it all to them? Some companies, like SMARTBOX Solutions, Inc, will actually offer portable storage solutions where a unit is dropped off at your home. Here, you load it up, then they take it away. Ideally, you want a storage company that makes the loading and unloading process as easy as possible for you. If they make you take all of your stuff to them, it’s not a good sign. 

How much does it cost?

Again, something you desperately need to know before making your decision. How much will it cost to rent a storage unit, and where do these costs come from? The best providers give you a flat rate that changes depending on how large your unit is. If a company has fluctuating costs with added fees every month, that’s a good indication that they should be avoided. Good storage companies charge a flat rate, so you know exactly how much you’re paying. 

How secure is the facility?

You need to be certain that your items are in very safe hands. So, look into the security capabilities of the storage providers you’re interested in. A few things to be watchful for are 24/7 CCTV, on-site guards, secure locks, and so on. The more security features a provider has, the better. You want to know that everything in your storage unit is safe from harm’s way, so it won’t be stolen or damaged. 

After asking these three questions, you’ll be able to narrow down your search for a storage provider. Pick someone that makes the loading process as straightforward as possible, gives transparent and fair costs, and offers a highly secure facility. Then, you can move your belongings into a storage unit with full confidence!

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