When I told my husband that I got promoted and that we would be moving across the country, you should have seen the look on his face. He was clearly devastated, and I didn't know what to do to make it better. Instead of focusing on the negative things, I started working with him to help him to overcome his grief. We talked about how we could stay in close touch with family and friends, and how to make the move less stressful than other moves in the past. This blog is all about moving without the hassle and heartache.
Finding the perfect storage unit takes a bit of time and research. Knowing what to ask about can make it easier.
1. Unit Availability
The most important information is whether the facility has units available that fit your needs. Ask about size availability as well as whether there are climate-controlled units. If you have large items, you may need a drive-up unit. Vehicle storage also requires a facility that allows for and has the space for such things. If you anticipate your storage needs changing in the future, choose a facility that has the types of units you may need to move into as your storage needs change.
2. Rent Cost and Frequency
Rent is typically a fixed fee that is owed monthly, but a facility may provide discounts if you pay for a certain period in advance, such as every six months or annually. If you anticipate staying in the unit for this length of time, bulk payment options can help you save quite a bit of money. There may also be discounts on rent if you set up automatic recurring payments instead of paying manually or in person.
3. Lease Terms
Make sure you understand the lease terms upfront. A month-to-month lease means you can move out any time as long as you provide notice as detailed in the agreement, which is usually 30 days. It may also mean that your rent can be raised at any time with appropriate notice. On the other hand, a six or 12-month lease means you are committed to paying for the unit as specified by the term. Get a copy of the signed lease or rental agreement in writing before moving into the unit.
4. Access and Security
How is the unit accessed? Usually, there will be either a gate code onto the property or a key or code to gain access to the building. You will likely need to provide your own lock for your individual unit. Make sure that the facility has 24-hour access if you plan to visit it after normal business hours. It's also important to verify that there is security, either onsite or via video surveillance.
5. Restrictions and Benefits
Ask about any restrictions on storage as well as any benefits. Most units restrict anything hazardous, such as toxic or explosive items, as well as food and things that attract pests. There may be other restrictions, depending on the owners and local laws. Often facilities also provide benefits, such as the use of a free moving truck or moving equipment like dollies.
Contact a storage unit facility to get the answers to these questions.Share
14 April 2021