It’s a lot like finding a reliable storage unit. However, you only get to speak with them once or twice after you sign up and move into the unit. You won’t speak to them again after that. Then you pay your rent and only visit your storage unit when it’s necessary to retrieve something or place something in. There are some signs to watch for to ensure a positive relationship with your storage company.
Choose the type of storage unit you need
Consider what you intend to store. Although you may have an idea of what size storage unit you would like to rent, it is important to remember that not all storage units will be able to hold your entire collection. You want one that can accommodate you with enough space to do some work. You don’t want your storage space to be too crowded. To save money, many people buy the smallest unit possible and end up emptying half the space to reach the back. If you don’t know what you will need, you shouldn’t do that. Houston storage units are ready to rent in neighborhoods throughout the area. Additionally, our larger storage units can house extra equipment used by mechanics, landscapers, or construction workers.
Are you concerned about temperature-sensitive items? A climate-controlled unit indoors is better than a garage-style unit outdoors. Do your valuable items need to be stored in a climate-controlled unit? A unit with good security and monitoring is a must. You will also need insurance for your storage unit. You should check to see if the contents of your storage unit are covered by homeowners’ or renter’s insurance. You can either add the insurance yourself or buy it from the storage facility. You can get insurance from a regional or national storage facility for a small fee if you are going with them.
Ask questions at the Visitor Center
Once you know what you are looking for, you can start to look at the storage options you are considering. Don’t feel pressured to sign the contract as soon as you enter the building. Even if property management tells you that there are only a few units available. Many companies will allow you to hold the unit for a night so that you can review it. Instead of looking around, ask questions.
Ask property management to show you the actual unit or at least one on the same floor. While some storage facilities may show you a clean unit on the third floor, but rent you one in the basement, it is possible to see one that’s representative of what you will get.
Learn what happens if you fail to make a payment. Many storage units aren’t treated the same as apartments. Your rent will automatically be late on the first day of each month. Grace periods can vary depending on the company and the state. In some cases, even a few days’ late payments could mean that your contents are subject to an auction at a wholesale sale. Before you try to pay by wire transfer or online, make sure you understand the policy of your storage unit.
After you’ve seen the actual unit and have an idea of what you would be getting into, you can ask the property manager to put the unit on hold. You shouldn’t be afraid to ask them questions. Even if they are unable to hold it, you should still get a business card to get in touch with them.
Be sure to visit multiple locations before signing
You can do this with multiple storage units at different locations. Then, call the manager and sign up for one storage unit. Ask if you can bring the contracts with you to read so that you don’t have the burden of trying to understand a legal document in front of a property manager. After reviewing the documentation, visiting several places, and taking time to think about which storage space would be most convenient for you, you can sign a contract. Or, even better, you could sign a month-to month agreement that allows you to leave at any time.
However, you should make sure that you trust your storage unit and you have people who will watch over your property to ensure it isn’t stolen or damaged. You can find a space that is affordable by doing some research and looking at multiple options.