Important Questions to Ask Before Renting a Storage Unit

Dec 23, 2022 in Self-Storage Leave a Comment

Storage unit rentals can be used for a variety of purposes from home staging and moving to tool storage and document storage. While every storage unit will be used to temporarily store items, there are many different options available in terms of units and storage providers. As a leading provider of storage unit rentals for all types of uses, the team at LoknStore knows how difficult it can be to choose the perfect solution. That is why we have provided a list of important questions to ask before renting a storage unit to help you make an informed decision for your belongings.

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4 Questions to Ask Before Renting a Storage Unit

Before renting a storage unit, it is crucial to ask the following questions:

1. What are the Access Hours for the Facility?

It is always worth asking about the hours of the facility and determining if they allow 24/7 access to units. For example, some storage facilities may only have their office open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, but their units can be accessed at any time through fobs and other systems. Alternatively, you may find a facility that is open from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm, but it does not offer 24/7 access.

2. Do I Need to Sign a Long-Term Agreement?

Every storage facility utilizes different agreements for their storage units. That is why it is crucial to ask if you need to sign a long-term agreement before renting a unit. For example, some providers may offer slightly lower monthly rates than nearby providers, but they will require you to sign a 1-year agreement before renting. Alternatively, other providers may charge slightly more while allowing for month-to-month agreements or other flexible arrangements.

3. What Security Features Does the Facility Have?

Security is crucial when storing personal or business items. Before choosing a storage unit provider, be sure to ask them about their security features. Cameras, alarms, personalized access codes, motion lights, and on-site personnel are all desirable security features for a storage facility. If a facility does not have any of these features, they are likely not worth choosing.

4. What are the Fees?

It is important to know how much you can expect to pay each month for your storage unit so you can budget for it accordingly. While many storage unit providers list their pricing online, some will need to be asked about it over the phone or in person. Be sure to check the pricing from multiple providers before making a final decision, as this will help you strike a balance between cost, security, and convenience. It is also crucial to ensure that you are asking for pricing for the same type of unit at each location, as larger units or drive-up units will always cost more than smaller units without car access.

For more information on our storage unit rentals, reach out to the team at LoknStore at 604-289-0028 or through our online contact form. We will work with you to answer any questions you may have and help you choose the perfect storage unit for your specific needs.