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How to Choose a Unit that Is Right for Your Storage Needs

There are hundreds of different types of storage units available. While this is convenient for the savvy shopper, it can also be quite overwhelming. Do you need job site trailers, mobile container, self-storage units, shipping containers, or any of the many other options that are available to you? Next, you need to think about size, material, security, price, and more. Let’s take a look at some of the most common options out there

The Standard Container

Domestic users usually have a 10ft by 5ft metal storage container that is 1.5m in depth. They can be larger, however, ranging up to 20ft by 20ft, which is the size of a double garage. These units are constructed from corrugated metal and don’t have any windows, being accessible solely through the metal door, usually a roll up.

Usually, these units have a secured lock so that nobody can access your belongings unless they have a key. Even the facility operator doesn’t have the key. If you don’t pay, however, they do have the right to break the lock that is on your unit and access your belongings. Sometimes, computerized access also exists, and most storage facilities have onsite security as well as cameras. You are not allowed to use these units to store anything perishable, toxic, or otherwise hazardous. You also can’t use the unit as a residential facility. Most units have some sort of climate control to stop moisture and mold.

How Common Are Self Storage Units?

There are some 58,000 self storage facilities in the world. Of these, 52,000 are in this country. It takes up some 1.6 billion square feet and generates around $20 billion in revenue each year. Because these types of facilities are becoming increasingly popular, particularly because homes are getting smaller and people consume more, self storage facilities are now also commonly found in Australia and in the United Kingdom, and they are becoming more popular in other countries as well.

Packing Your Storage Unit

Regardless of the type of unit you end up renting, it is important to pack it right so that you get good use out of it. As such, the following hints and tips may be of use:

  1. Make sure you label any boxes you store inside, so that you can instantly identify what is in each box.
  2. Do not stack your boxes so far that you can’t reach them anymore. Not only does this mean you would need something to climb up, you also increase the risk of a pile becoming unstable and falling down.
  3. Make sure your unit is properly locked at all times.
  4. Understand your terms and conditions, which will be provided to you when you sign the rental agreement.
  5. Make sure there is clarity about what you are actually paying for and when you can access your unit.
  6. Have the contact number of the storage facility in your phone should there ever be some sort of emergency.
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June 6, 2016