Not all self storage units were created equal. The market has grown rapidly and there are a number of different types of self storage units, as well as different types of locations. From inner city converted factories and warehouse units, to out of town locations with container units, there is a lot of choice. Use our checklist to help you find the right units of your needs:
1. The Units. This is key as you will want to make sure the units are clean, tidy and airtight so that whatever you keep in the self storage units will stay in the same condition. If you have particular storage requirements – for wine or antique furniture for example – speak to managers of the unit, and get their advice and expertise.
After condition, you will want peace of mind that your items will remain secure and safe. There are two elements here. The first is the security of your own self storage units, and the second is the security of the whole building or compound. Are there night patrols, CCTV and other security measures?
3. Location. This may relatively unimportant if you intend to lock n leave for a long time, but most people access self storage units regularly – perhaps more than they expected too. A location between home and work might be a good idea. Town centre storage units may be hard to access during busy times, whilst out of town compounds may offer greater convenience.
4. Insurance. Be clear whether insurance is included as standard, and what it covers.
If not, does the company offer optional insurance. Always check with your own insurer – you may be paying for cover for items away from the home already so don’t double insure as this is just a waste of money.
5. Time. Are there any minimum contract periods for the self storage units, and what notice period do you need to give to terminate the contract? Seemingly low cost units could have hidden extras such as long termination periods that will pump up the cost.
6. Cost. Always make sure you are comparing ‘apples with apples’ when looking at the cost of storage units. Be clear what IS included in the cost (VAT, insurance for example) and what IS NOT (deposit, for example) It’s good to always to talk to a local company. If you’re based in the Warwickshire for example, talking through the checklist with a local Warwickshire self storage company will be a big step – their expertise, experience and approach will tell you a lot about how they treat customers – and the items they store.
Visiting the businesses is essential – you’ll be able to check out the self storage units of course but also see how popular the units are and how well kept they appear.
Lock N Leave, located in Nuneaton, Warwickshire offers a removals service and self storage for all your business and domestic needs.If you are looking for Birmingham removals company, or a company that specialises in student removals feel free to email us, or better still, give us a call and have a chat.Read more: http://www.locknleave.co.uk