There are many reasons why you might choose to use a storage container for your possessions, whether it be for professional or personal use. Of course, there are a plethora of advantages to using a storage unit as a permanent or temporary storage solution, but there are some things that should be considered before you hire your unit.
As always, we are committed to providing you with everything you need to know about storage containers. Here, we explore eight things you need to know before you buy or hire.
1. Is My Unit Secure?
It may sound like an obvious point, but having your possessions stored off-site can increase the chance of vandalism or theft. Always consider where your unit is being stored and whether it offers 24 hour surveillance, as well as ensuring your container is properly secured with adequate locking systems.
2. Is My Unit Climate-Controlled?
It might be that your storage unit is not climate-controlled, which could make your possessions susceptible to damage in adverse conditions. Storage unit users should consider what they are storing in their containers and whether it could be damaged should it become damp.
3. What Price Should I Pay?
It is often the case that people looking for a storage unit base their decision on the price they are looking to pay. However, containers come in a variety of sizes and how much you need to store should be the main consideration when looking to purchase or hire.
4. Are There Unexpected Fees?
When considering buying or hiring a storage container, you should understand full costs associated with it. Ask the company about their storage, pickup and delivery fees.
5. Do I Pay For Damage?
If your storage unit becomes damaged during the hire period, it might be that you will be responsible for paying for its repair. Before purchase, always consider any additional costs and ask the company for information on damage fees.
6. Where Is The Location?
If you are having your storage unit delivered to your chosen location, think about where the container will be placed. It might be that you want to avoid keeping your unit on grass, as it is likely that it will be damaged or might die, should it be left there for a long period of time. Likewise, you don’t want your unit to be many miles away should you need easy access to your possessions.
7. Is My Storage Unit Accessible?
When considering hiring or buying a storage facility, it is important to consider how often and what times you are likely to need access. Not all locations are open around the clock, so this may need to be considered when choosing where you store your goods.
8. Is Insurance Offered?
Some storage unit companies offer insurance with hire, but it might be a good idea to consider your own insurance, especially if your facility is being kept offsite. If you already have home insurance, why not check whether any possessions kept away from the home are covered in your policy, or if it is possible to upgrade?