3 Things to Know Before Getting a Storage Container

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3 Things to Know Before Getting a Storage Container

If you're in need of getting a storage unit to either temporarily hold items while you move or to keep them for the long term, it's important to do it right. Whether you're a veteran storage container user or it's your first time renting one, you may be in need of some assistance on what to look for in order to get the most value. Here are three things you should know so you can make a good choice.

1. What Type of Storage You Want

First of all, it's important to decide on the type of storage you need. The two main types are full service storage and self storage. Full-service storage companies will pick up the items you need stored and deliver them to the storage unit. Most will also let you request and schedule pick-ups and returns from your smartphone. Self storage, on the other hand, will call on you to deliver and pick up the items you need stored yourself. It's the most popular option thanks to its ease of use as well as its affordability.

2. What To Look for in a Storage Container

Next, you need to know what to look for in a storage container. This depends on your needs and what you wish to keep in storage. Consider the number of locks, the option for video monitoring, the degree of accessibility, the pricing and sizes available, and the overall security and safety of the unit. To be sure you're getting a good deal once you have all the boxes ticked, check reviews online so you know what you're getting yourself into.

3. How to Prepare Your Items for Storage

Finally, find out how to prepare your items or storage to ensure they stay safe at all times. Clean your items and disassemble any furniture before you keep it in storage, wrapping especially sensitive parts in soft clothing to cushion them from damage. Take inventory of your items and label them all so that it's easy to find things when you need to retrieve them in the future.

With only 17% of the tenants who use storage units storing them for less than three months and about 4% of them storing items for more than 10 years, there will be different needs for storage for different people. Make the three considerations above to be sure you're getting a unit that's going to work perfectly for you.

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