By Patrick Galvan, USstoragesearch.com
In order to protect your items while they’re in storage and have access to them, there are four self storage features you should ask about before renting your storage unit.
Climate control is fundamental when storing items that are particularly susceptible to changes in temperature and humidity—things like electronics, photos, paper documents, antiques, and musical instruments. It’s also useful when moving from one region to another, as you can slowly change the storage environment so that your belongings will gradually get used to the temperature and humidity levels of their new home.
Using this technology, you can manually adjust and monitor the interior temperature and humidity settings of your self storage unit. Without climate control, temperatures that are either too hot or too cold could lead to the development of rust, make paper items fade and buckle, and warp or crack equipment with wires and electronic screens. Furthermore, if there’s too much humidity in the unit, mold and mildew could grow on your items.
Our schedules can change in the blink of an eye, so it’s nice to have a storage facility that allows us to access our storage items whenever we need them. For people who have hectic schedules, nontraditional work hours, or who have to drive several minutes out of the way to get to their storage unit, having 24-hour access is a must.
Most storage facilities run on a Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. schedule with a few access hours during the day on Saturday. But sometimes, that’s not enough. Now, you may not always need to grab something from your unit in the dead of the night, but when you need to get something early in the morning on a Sunday, 24-hour access to your storage facility is well worth it.
If the security of your items is a concern when using self storage, you need a facility that’s equipped with modern-day security features.
With gated access (that is, sliding gates that are electronically operated and require codes or keycards for entry), there’s a level of protection for your items that you can’t get with a regular storage facility. That’s because people can’t just waltz up to the facility and get in.
A facility that has video surveillance and an on-site manager is good, too, as they reduce the chances of theft. The same goes for units that are alarmed. That way, if someone tries to break in to your unit, the facility operator or manager will be alerted immediately. Don’t forget—if potential thieves can see all of these technologies around the facility, they will be less tempted to try to break in.
Especially with heavier loads, you’ll want to rent a unit at a storage facility that has drive-up access. This means you can drive your vehicle into the facility, park in front of your unit, and reduce the amount of walking needed to carry items to and from your storage unit.
Having drive-up access is also convenient for boat storage since you can drive up, hook up your boat’s trailer, and immediately head out to the water, saving you a great deal of time and physical labor.