Whether you are moving into a smaller space or want to clear up some clutter in your existing home, a self-storage facility is a great option to temporarily house your belongings. Available in various sizes and shapes, a self-storage facility can hold a few boxes up to the contents in a five-bedroom house that is also a reasonably priced and flexible – should you have to add or remove items. Before you opt to use a facility, learn about what size unit you need as well as the ins and outs of what a storage facility should have.

The Sizes:5′ x 5′ – The 25-square-foot space is ideal for storing smaller items such as furniture, office supplies, business files or tools.


5′ x 10′ – The 50-square-foot space is ideal for storing items from a studio or a one-bedroom apartment.

5′ x 15′ – The 75-square-foot space is ideal for storing items from a one-bedroom or small two-bedroom apartments.

10′ x 10′ – The 100-square-foot space is ideal for storing items from a two-bedroom apartment or a personal office.

10′ x 15′ – The 150-square-foot space is ideal for storing items from a two- or three-bedroom apartment or house.

10′ x 20′ – The 200-square-foot space is ideal for storing items from a three- or four-bedroom house.

10′ x 25′ – The 250-square-foot space is ideal for storing items from a four- or five-bedroom house.

Once you know the size that you will need for your storage needs, here are some of the factors that you will want to take into account. You should look for the right combination of convenience, cost and features that best meet your needs such as:

Accessibility – Most storage facilities are accessible 7 days a week. Certain site managers are amenable to making special arrangements for those who cannot make it to the facilities during business hours. Some facilities use access cards or password controlled entry. You should note whether your unit is accessible by car or truck as this will make loading and unloading much easier. In addition, the location of the facility in relation to your home or business is an important factor in making it easy to get items into and out of storage.

Air conditioning/climate control – Being able to control the temperature of the storage unit ensures that your more delicate belongings are well-protected from heat and moisture. Depending on the type of items that you will be storing, this feature could be very important to you.

Equipment – You may want to have access to dollies or other loading equipment at the facility to help you move heavier items. Many facilities will provide this type of equipment for free, while others may allow you to use them for a small rental fee.

Insurance – Even though storage facilities take various measures to keep your belongings secure, it is always a good idea to purchase insurance for peace of mind. This is specifically true if you have items of extraordinary value such as expensive furs and jewelry.

Security – In addition to being well-lit, storage facilities should have alarm systems, coded entry systems, electronic gates, and surveillance cameras to keep your possessions safe. Some facility managers even live on the premises, and can take care of any emergencies immediately, should they arise.

Submitted by Guest Blogger: Relocation.com