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Guide to Renting Storage Units

Posted on August 12, 2021

Renting a storage unit is a wonderful, space-saving alternative whether you need to temporarily store items while moving or store them long-term after downsizing. 

For people in need of storage, storage facilities offer a safe, convenient, and easy-to-find alternative. The majority of storage facilities also provide a variety of unit sizes and services, long term and short term storage facilities, to fit your budget and requirements.

Continue reading to find out more about renting storage units.

Types of storage unit for rent

  • Full Service Storage – It is like a “valet type”. A full-service storage company’s idea is that they will pick up and deliver your items to the storage facility. Many full-service storage facilities also allow customers to request and schedule pick-ups and returns from their smartphones. 

Hiring a full-service storage business eliminates the need for the consumer to transport their belongings to the storage facility. Many full-service facilities will photograph and record your possessions as well. If you forget what’s in storage, all you have to do is glance at a photo or check your online inventory list.

  • Self Storage – Self-storage is without a doubt the most popular storage option. These facilities provide a safe, secure, and cost-effective method to store personal possessions as well as bigger items like boats. 

People who use self-storage must bring their things to the storage unit personally. When they want to take something out of storage, they do it themselves. Because self-storage services do not maintain track of what is inside a storage unit, customers need to document their own possessions. self-storage is typically less expensive than full-service storage, making it more appealing to people on a budget.

What size storage unit should I rent?

The good news is that the majority of self-storage facilities rent out storage units of various sizes. Most storage containers come in at least five sizes:

  •  5’x5′
  •  5’x10′ 
  • 10’x10′
  • 10’x15′
  • 10’x20′ 

Many companies also have bigger sizes available. Most full-service storage facilities also offer a range of storage unit sizes, although the price and square footage required will almost certainly be determined by the number of bins (or boxes) you need. Sizes of full-service storage units vary greatly, so double-check with the facility you want to hire.

How long can I rent a storage unit?

You may usually rent a storage container for as long as you need it. You’ll find it at one of the numerous storage firms accessible, whether you need short-term or long-term storage. Some people even hire storage facilities for an indefinite period of time to provide extra space for personal or work-related things. 

However, storage providers will almost certainly have a minimum rental period. Most companies offer monthly or weekly contracts. A three-month minimum may be required by some storage companies. Do not forget to notify the company on a specific date if you want to discontinue your storage rental. If you don’t, you could find yourself paying for the next month regardless of whether you’re using the storage facility.

How is the price of a rented storage unit determined?

The price of a storage unit is determined by how much space you need and how long you keep it. Contracts at self-storage facilities are generally month-to-month. This gives the customer the choice of storing items temporarily or for a short period of time. 

Full-service storage facility contracts differ from one company to another. Some companies need a three-month commitment, while others provide month-to-month services or even weekly storage units. 

What to look for in a storage unit?

Keep the following in mind when you are comparing storage facilities and their features:

  • Video surveillance
  • In-person surveillance
  • Climate control
  • Accessibility
  • Sizes available
  • Pricing and Contracts
  • The facility’s overall safety and security
  • Online reviews of the company
  • Number of locks

What else can I store besides household items?

Storage units can be rented for specific items like boats, vehicles, RVs, and motorbikes in addition to storing household items. You may need to rent an extra storage container (or a larger one) if you need to store appliances or large furniture items.

Should I insure the items in my storage unit?

We strongly advise that you insure all of your belongings before storing them. This will not only provide you peace of mind, but it will also help you in replacing any goods that are destroyed or stolen while in storage (God forbid).

Keep in mind that some storage facilities offer complimentary damage and loss protection for your belongings. Many storage facilities now provide their own low-cost self-storage insurance solutions. Remember that your items could already be protected by your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance.

Storage solutions by Clutch Moving Company

If you are looking for a trusted and reliable storage unit provider, you can depend on Clutch Moving Company. We offer moving solutions and storage units for when you need extra space to store your belongings. You can rent storage units long-term or short-term. Our warehouses are 100% safe and well maintained. Call us today, we’re here to answer all your questions.

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