||Public Storage Units
|Each year, the amount of belongings we own
grows and leaves us in increasingly cramped
living space. One popular alternative that
allows you to make a "clean sweep"
of your home without having to toss out those
things that you don't use today -- and might
not use tomorrow, but maybe next year, is
a storage unit at a public or self storage
facility. For a modest fee, you can rent
additional space, usually by the cubic foot/month,
for storage of practically anything you want.|
Here are some tips on choosing
storage center for your needs:
- Many companies offer very attractive introductory
packages to get you started, so shop around
and compare offers.
- Storage companies try to differentiate themselves
based on services beyond simply storing your
goods. Find a company that offers the best
mix of additional services for you. For example,
you may be interested in pick-up and delivery
servicies, especially in urban areas or if
you do not have your own vehicle for transporting
- Access to your belongings when you want is
very important. Compare companies based on
how easy it is for you to get there and any
restrictions on hours or days.
- Depending on what you are storing, climate
control can be important. Exposure to cold,
heat, and dampness can ruin many items.
- Make sure your belongings will be safe. Inquire
about the facility's use of security guards
and alarms, locks, and the security of the
location (for example, avoid facilities in
flood prone areas).
Finally, you may find it a good idea to investigage
the expandability of your storage area. For
many people, as they discover the advantages
of a storage unit, they begin to use it for
more and more belongings. Inquire about the
company's "upgrade" policies now
should you need additional space later.