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There are a lot of great reasons to rent a self storage unit, from temporarily keeping items safe during a summer break or big move to needing a long-term place to keep your things after you downsize or declutter your home.

If it’s your first time renting a unit, it can be easy to assume all self storage is the same, and while most companies share certain key similarities, there are certain things to look out for as you get into the renting process. Before you get started, be sure to read our checklist of the best things to do before signing your self storage contract!

1. Figure Out How Much Space You Need

The first step in choosing a self storage unit is determining how much room your valuables are going to require. This might not seem like a huge deal, but there are a wide range of size options and if you don’t need the space, it can save you money.

On the other hand, if you need a lot of storage, you need to make sure the company you’re considering has options for you. If you’re going to be storing furniture like tables, chairs or even couches, you’ll probably want to measure those items before visiting your storage unit so you can be absolutely certain it makes sense for you.

2. Is Your Stuff Temperature Sensitive?

Many self storage units have virtually no climate control in their units, which is often not a big deal. However, this can affect your items if you have anything you want to store that is sensitive to cold, heat, or humidity. To make sure your stuff will be okay, you can ask not just about climate control but also consider an indoor facility.

3. Understand the Security Options

Before moving your valuable possessions into a storage facility, it’s important to know as much as you can about the facility, and that especially includes the security. In most cases, you will be required to bring your own lock and the facility will not claim responsibility for anyone breaking it. But the self storage company should have other security in place, like guards, cameras, and individual key codes so they know who enters. Find out more before you commit.

4. Call Your Insurance Agent

Before renting a self-storage unit, it’s crucial to talk to your insurance agent about how they can protect the possessions you’re leaving in the unit. Most often, the facility is not responsible for anything that happens inside your unit, just like in your rented home. Speaking of renting, if you have renter’s insurance, there’s a good chance you will be able to bundle your self-storage unit.

5. Check Your State’s Eviction Policy

What? Eviction? We know what you’re thinking. You haven’t even moved your things in and we’re already talking about leaving. However, it’s really important to learn about how eviction from storage units works in your state before moving in, because in many cases, facilities have the ability to seize your possessions and sell them if you default repeatedly on your bills. You should pay all your bills, but your self-storage unit bill is especially vital.

6. Ask About Moving Trucks

Moving is no fun, especially without any help. Luckily, some facilities offer discounts with moving trucks due to their partnerships or even connected businesses. Before you choose your unit, ask your facility about any deals they have concerning trucks. The added bonus is that it shows you that the company you’ve picked wants to help you out, which is always nice.

7. Shop Around

It can be easy to assume all facilities are alike and therefore you can just pick the first one you see while driving around, but it’s a really good idea to visit a few places and weigh your options. Not only does this save you money, it also helps you find benefits you didn’t even know you cared about, like the ones mentioned above.

No matter your storage needs, we’re here to help. To learn more about our storage options, we invite you to reach out to us today at (405) 360-0445.