How do you choose a storage unit when moving?

Are you one of those first-time renters whose head is bursting with questions before the moving day? Maybe you’re storing valuables and are worried about their preservation? Without further ado, here’s what you need to consider before you choose a storage unit.

Pick the right size

To choose a storage unit that meets all your needs you must first choose the right size. That’s why it’s important to take inventory of the belongings you want to store. If you just want extra space for your holiday decorations and seasonal wardrobe, then small-sized long-term units will do. On the other hand, if you are redecorating your apartment in Toronto, then you’ll need a larger short-term unit that can fit all your furniture. The next step is getting the precise measure of all your items. You can reconstruct the storage space by marking your floor with tape and seeing if your boxes fit. If you are hiring a moving truck, use its dimensions as a guideline. For example, 25-foot truck is equivalent to 10’x15’ unit and for a 15-foot truck, you’ll need a 10’x10’ unit. To be on the safe side, check out the unit in person.

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Measure your unit to make sure it meets your needs perfectly

 Features matter

Doing proper research when moving is essential, and the same rule applies for storage as well. This is why you should look into different amenities before you choose a storage unit. The important question to ask yourself is: Do your belongings require special conditions? Figure it out from the list below:

  • Outdoor or Indoor – Outdoor storages usually have drive-up access, which makes loading and unloading much simpler. On the other hand, indoor units have elevator access and are much safer from weather and intrusion. Take your pick!
  • Climate control – If you’re trying to find a place to store the piano or antique furniture, then, by all means, rent a climate-controlled unit. This way your sensitive items will be preserved from humidity and kept at a consistent temperature.
  • Security – If you’re storing valuable items, it’s only reasonable that you want to make sure they won’t be stolen. For this purpose, a lot of storages have security features. Whether it’s 24-hour surveillance, gates or special locks, you can sleep soundly knowing your items are safe.
  • Access – If you plan to add or take things from your storage often, then drive-up access is a must. However, this is usually only possible if you rent an outdoor unit.
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    If you are storing valuable belongings choose a storage unit with 24h-surveillance

Choose the location before you choose a storage unit

Speaking of access, the location of the storage facility is another important factor to take into account. If you are living in a small town, then this is not a problem. No matter where you are, your storage unit will always be a short drive away. But you will have to pay a good price for a convenient city location, especially if you live in Toronto’s downtown core. However, if you are storing items long-term, it might be best to choose a storage unit in a calmer area. Trust us, this is guaranteed to save you a bundle! The risk of theft is also much lower than in crowded areas.