Storage units are often a great place for home-owners and businesses to store personal belongings; furniture, office equipment and so forth due to the flexibility, security and convenience that storage units provide. So no wonder then that the number of storage units available to hire, are on the increase and have been over the past 10 years.
As storage units have recently become very popular for home-owners and businesses alike that require extra storage space, even if it's just for a week while you move home, do not just go for the nearest self storage unit. Unless of course money is of little object and your willing to occasional pay more than possibly hiring a self storage unit that's maybe a little further down the road. Shop around!
Many home-owners and businesses will hire the first storage facility they see, without thinking that there are perhaps more than one in that area; This is where some people pay over the odds for the extra space. Some self storage facilities will have a cheaper 'basic' rate, but once you add up all of the little extras, such as insurance and climate control, if needed, this is when prices can rocket. Another storage unit may have a higher 'basic' rate, but all the little extras may be cheaper, and therefore, saving you money overall. The same goes for businesses.
Storage Climate Control
Climate control within storage units includes humidity control, temperature control, air-conditioning and heat.
Depending on what it is exactly your wanting to store for however long, some units will provide facilities depending on your needs. For example, if you are storing musical equipment, art, antiques, food or any item that requires being stored at a certain temperature due to the fragility etc, then you will need to store those items within a storage facility that has climate control. Climate control units do cost extra, but for some it's a necessity and definitely worth it if you are trying to minimize any damage that can be caused through not storing items correctly. Therefore, just take into consideration, any additional fees that may apply if you require climate control.
Self Storage Insurance
So, you have stored your possessions within a unit and you find that your beloveds have been damaged through flooding or they've been stolen by burglars and you have not taken out rent or homeowners insurance to cover your items. You will not therefore be able to claim insurance for any of your items and unfortunately this sometimes happens.
Sometimes people renting storage space will take out facility insurance to cover their items and personal belongings. However, this type of insurance is provided by the storage unit itself; insurance cover differs depending on the unit provider.
So my advice would be to ensure that if you take out insurance with a facility, make sure that they cover what it is you need cover for. Many people simply do not check what they are and are not covered for and if / when something does happen to their stored items, they find that they are not covered. So save yourself the potential upset!
Self storage units have fast become very popular for businesses and homeowners due to requiring extra space when moving home or storing items for different reasons. However, do not always hire the first storage unit you see, as many time you could possibly get more for your money and make sure you are very clear if you are taking out insurance, that it covers you for what you wish your items to be covered for.