By Patrick Galvan, USstoragesearch.com
Storage units are useful for individuals and businesses alike, as it provides a safe means for storing important items. However, self storage can be frustrating when you’re unable to access those items. Whether it’s dropping an item off early in the morning or grabbing something on your way home after you get off work, a storage facility with hours of operation between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. can make it difficult to get to your things when you need them.
If being able to get to your storage items on your own time is something you want, consider renting a storage unit at a storage facility that offers 24-hour access. This will allow you to get into your storage unit at any time of the day or night.
Individuals Who May Need 24-Hour Storage Access
The most common reason for getting 24-hour access to a storage unit is for storing vehicles. With vehicle storage, waiting hours for a storage facility to open isn’t convenient if you need to grab your car at a moment’s notice. The same is true with boats, campers, and RVs.
“People with boats, trailers, or RVs don’t want to wait for opening hours,” says Cyndi Marcy, General Manager for Q2 Self Storage in Louisville, Ky. This is especially true for fishermen, who need to have their boats on the water as early in the morning as possible. “Similarly, their homeowner associations might not allow them to park these in front of their homes. It’s about what we can do for [the tenants.] It addresses their needs.”
Individuals who work nontraditional hours and use self storage will also find round-the-clock storage facility access helpful. Police officers, firefighters, and retail workers are just a few of the occupations that work later than the standard 8-to-5 workday, so they can rest easy knowing they don’t have to suddenly leave work to drop by their storage facilities before they close.
Businesses That May Need 24-Hour Storage Access
Many businesses require 24-hour access to the equipment, supplies, or inventory they store in self storage because they don’t have time to waste waiting for the storage facility to open. Marcy cites lawn care companies as a prime example of this.
“During summer, they try to beat the heat of the day by gathering all of their equipment and leaving very early in the morning,” Marcy explains. “Those guys are in and out by 5 a.m. They don’t want to hang around until we open at 9 a.m. to get their equipment.”
Marcy says other industries work according to deadlines and schedules, too, meaning they sometimes need to be on the job at an unusual hour of the morning or night and find 24-hour access valuable. For instance, plumbers often need to make emergency house calls, which means grabbing tools later at night. Construction workers may also need to start early and work later than normal working hours in order to reach deadlines.
Is 24-Hour Access Safe for Storage Renters?
This is a question storage operators hear a lot. And rightfully so. After all, depending on the area of town you’re in, visiting a storage facility in the early hours of the morning could be scary.
But storage facilities with 24-hour access don’t just let anyone on the grounds after standard operating hours. When the staff leaves at the end of the day, facility gates close, and only people with authorization can legally enter. “[Clients with 24-hour access] have been given their own access code to get in and out of the gate,” Marcy explains.
Before you rent from any self storage facility, regardless of access hours, be sure to ask about security. Gated access is fairly common with 24-hour access facilities, but certain facilities may have more advanced features like video surveillance.