Likewise, individuals may need storage space to stock goods during off-season. Such space may also come in handy while moving a house or while travelling during vacations. Whatever be the purpose, one must shortlist the ‘right’ type of storage unit. Irrespective of diverse needs, some characteristics must be present in the self-storage space for it to be called as an ideal pick. These characteristics are detailed below:
Size: Size is of paramount importance before one takes up self-storage space on rent. Simply put, the size should match the requirements; the storage space should neither be too big nor too small. Rent is directly linked to the size of the space and therefore one would end up shelling out more money if ‘larger-than-required’ space is taken on rent. On the other hand, the purpose of taking self-storage space will be defeated if ‘smaller-than-required’ space is taken on rent. One should therefore pick up small, medium or large units depending on the need.
Climatic Control: Ideally, the storage space should be equipped with a climatic control unit. This will protect the belongings from extreme variations in temperature and increase their longevity.
Access: The self storage facility should be easily accessible. Moreover, it should have the requisite infrastructure which makes loading and unloading of material fast and hassle free. While short listing a self storage unit, one must look for presence of ramps, trolleys and other such wherewithal at the premises. Another dimension of access is the operating hours of the self storage facility. In case need be, opt for a round-the-clock facility. Do bear in mind that such facility would attract a higher rent. All said gate hours of the self-storage facility must be longer than office hours. This will add to the convenience of the users.
Safety Measures: The self storage facility should be equipped with the requisite CCTV cameras, automated locks, lighting, adequate boundary cover and security system to thwart the entry of thieves and invaders. Such safety measures are a sine qua non for a good self storage unit.
Flexibility: Flexibility in payment options can prove to be a blessing. Ideally, the self storage facility should provide multiple payment options to clients. The rent could be charged on a monthly, quarterly or yearly basis depending upon the requirements of the client. Obviously, the yearly rent would prove to be more economical as compared monthly rent. A longer contract may also entail certain discounts. This flexibility allows users to rent a self-storage space for an appropriate period of time and save money.