The need to have additional storage space arises when you accumulate more property than you can comfortably store away. In a home setting, garages usually double up as storage units, since they offer practical space that is secure and conveniently within reach. But there is only so much stuff you can put there without cluttering up the place. This is where storage units come in. They offer a storage solution where you can safely keep all the extra stuff that you own, but don’t really need access to everyday. Depending on the space offerings you get, you can store everything from your antiques and knickknacks to equipment and furniture pieces.
What Do Storage Units Have to Offer
Storage units are not created equal. Some units are located in a warehouse kind of structure that is partitioned to increase its usability. Others are found in storey buildings offering such features as lift access for easy accessibility to the top floors.
The amount of space that is offered to you is entirely dependent on how much stuff you want to store, and the amount you are willing to pay. The costs are usually structured into monthly repayments, though it is not unusual to find storage units that only require yearly payments. The latter are more practical when you are looking for long term storage.
Security is often an issue of concern for most people, and most of the storage facilities ensure that all these concerns are sufficiently addressed. Modern facilities offer video surveillance and limited access to the storage units to ensure there are no security breaches whatsoever. Some offer offsite storage to store your most important items or documents, essentially protecting them from the risk of fire.
Conventionally, storage units are accessed through roller doors which drive up to give access. A padlock often suffices in securing the unit, as the doors are cannot be breach without using some strong mechanical force. You get to keep the key, meaning no one else gets access without your say-so.
Factors to consider when renting or leasing a storage unit
The considerations to be made are rather straightforward. They include:
Accessibility- Ideally, the storage unit should be close to your place of residence. This creates convenience, should you need to retrieve anything from the unit.
Security features, and safety- Usually, the more diverse the security features, the more secure the units. Highly secured storage units offer, in addition to CCTV and 24hour surveillance, alarm systems which notify you in case of any unauthorized access to your specific unit. If you are going to store items which are sensitive to shifting environmental factors such as humidity, you can look for units that offer these features.
Size of the unit- The size should account for both the floor and the ceiling space. Your choice of unit should be dependent on the items you want to store in the first place. Needless to say, the more the amount of space you require, the more you will have to pay for it. That said, you do need to have a budget set aside to meet the renting costs. Structure your budget according to the length of time you need the unit for, as well as the number of features you want, which may or may not include insurance coverage, in case of damage or theft.
Anne Andrew is a business writer. She writes regularly on business related topics.