There are many factors to consider when choosing a self storage unit that is right for your needs. Unfortunately, many people believe that, although price varies from one business to another, the product offered is much the same. This is not the case. If you are looking for a mini storage unit in the Lorain or Elyria Ohio area, be sure to do your homework.
Here are a few suggestions from Stop-N-Stor Storage Centers on questions to ask when making a thorough comparison:
Where is the storage business located? Depending on how often you will need to visit the storage unit once you move your belongings into it will determine how close to your home or workplace you need it to be. If you are going to move your items in one day, pay online each month, then return several months later to move it all out, and extra few miles may not significant. If you will visit on a daily or weekly basis, a convenient location may be the a key factor. Stop-N-Stor has three easily accessible locations in Lorain and Elyria.
What sizes of storage units do they offer? Find the appropriate size so that you are not paying for unneeded space. And remember, it is floor space that you are paying for. If you organize your belongings into totes or boxes, can turn your sofa up on its end, or stack your dryer on top of your washer, you can better utilize the height of the unit. Stop-N-Stor locations offer about 20 different sizes, depending on availability.
What fees are involved? Most people expect to pay the monthly rent and sales tax, but be sure to ask about any additional fees. At Stop-N-Stor, there are no hidden fees such as administrative charges, security deposits, gate access fees, etc.
What type of security features do they offer? When calling or visiting a self storage business, be sure to note things like whether the facility is fenced and lighted, what kind of access control gates are offered, if the manager lives on the premises, and if the storage unit doors have individual monitors.
Am I comfortable with the construction of the storage buildings? Always be sure ask the manager to personally show you the storage unit before you sign a rental agreement. Notice the cleanliness of the grounds and the condition of the interior of the storage unit. It is completely enclosed and private? Are the walls made of sturdy block or is it pole barn construction? Is the ceiling free of water marks? Are the walls and floor dry? Is the floor of the unit raised above the level of the driveway so that water will not run under the door? Does the door latch securely?
Will my property be insured while in storage? Getting insurance is typically up to the tenant. Even if you have a homeowner’s or renter’s policy, it is a good idea to call your insurance agent to ask if the coverage changes if you put your personal property into a self storage unit. Many storage companies are partnered with an insurance company that specializes in insuring tenants’ belongings while the items are in storage. Inquire with the manager to see what they offer.
As you can see, there are many things to consider when choosing the right self storage unit. Whether you need to store household furniture, business inventory, or a vehicle, if your items are important to you, you will want to thoroughly inspect the storage area to determine which will best protect your personal items. Be sure to check out Stop-N-Stor if you need a storage unit in Elyria or Lorain Ohio.