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1. Location, Location, Location!

Ask yourself the following when you thinking about using a storage facility in the winter…How far is it from your home/business? If it’s further out, will you need to go there on a regular basis?

If you’re only needing it for a short time, the distance might not be a deal-breaker, but for long-term storage, it should be a definite consideration.

2. Determining the size

The size of a storage unit all depends on what you want to put into storage.

You will be able to determine the size needed by making a list of all items that need to be stored away.

For Example: If you are just looking to store some kid’s toys, boxes, personal items, and small furniture, a smaller unit will be considered.  A large unit is great for a box spring and mattress, sofa, chairs, and small amounts of furniture. It is important to note that not all of these will fit at once

3. Climate Controlled, Outside, or Indoor?

3.1 Outdoor

If you go with the outdoor choice, ensure that you keep your personal items in totes to protect them from the elements whether choosing outdoor or indoor storage.

Outdoor storage is a great way to save some cash and obtain a larger unit. They’re also easy to access since you can drive right up to them.

It can be harder with the weather though. Your items are more exposed to snow, rain, sun, and wind. If you decide to go with an outdoor unit, ask the storage associate about their alarm system, weather resistance for the units, and lighting.

3.2 Climate-Controlled

To protect personal items and furniture from the elements of the outdoors, choose a climate-controlled unit. Climate-controlled units will be located inside.

A climate-controlled unit will be controlled as far as humidity and temperature. If you have important paperwork or antiques, you’ll want to preserve them.

Keep in mind that climate-controlled storage unit fees will be higher than an outdoor unit.

4. Hours of Operation

When you’re checking out different unit sizes, you’ll want to ask the storage associate about the hours of operation you can access your unit. Some facilities offer 24-hour access, while others might close at 10:00 pm.

Also, find out what days you’ll have access to your unit. Determine what works best for you. If you don’t see yourself needing 24-hour coverage, then it’s not a top concern to have that access.

5. Reviews and Budgeting

Before choosing a unit, you should determine your storage unit budget, and stick to it. You should also check out reviews online of each facility, and see if there’s a common theme of complaints or positives.

Anything that you’re not sure of, make sure to ask your storage associate about it!