Storage Companies

Storage Facilities – What to Look for

Storage facilities play a vital role because it is not always possible to move into your new home with all your belongings or to move out of your old neighborhood with all your belongings. Some scenarios why it might not be possible to move into your new home with your belongings are when the home is undergoing renovations, as you await connection of utilities such as electricity, gas and water, etc. Some scenarios why it might not be possible to leave your old neighborhood with your belongings include when you move out in a hurry for whichever reason and you do not have a new place, when you do not have enough money for truck rental.

There are many storage companies to choose from, but some moving companies also provide the service. The advantages of using dedicated storage companies are that they have staff that is trained on storage, they will give your belongings 100% care and you will get more storage services. On the other hand, moving companies that give a storage service are advantageous in that you can get other services such as truck rental or auto-shipping under the same roof and you are likely to get a discount because you pay for more services.

One important thing to look for in a storage facility is the security measures that have been put in place. Go for a storage facility that has dogs and guards who regularly check the area and the surrounds – they should be present 24 hours a day. The facility should have CCTV cameras and other state-of-the-art security features such as motion detectors. Your container/s should have locks and you should have all the keys to the lock. If you do not trust the company employees for one reason or the other, change the lock as soon as you get a container.

One important thing to look for in a storage facility is the safety of your belongings. Although most storage containers are kept outside, the storage company should have a good drainage system to prevent water damage of your belongings. The storage company should have a good fire fighting system such as a smoke detector to protect your belongings from fire damage. The storage company should have a pest control system. For valuable belongings such as art, you should consider getting a storage company that has climatically controlled units to avoid damage from excessive humidity or temperatures.

An important thing to look for in a storage facility is space that is adequate for all your belongings. If your belongings do not fit into one container, the storage company should be in a position to provide additional containers. You should go for storage companies that have additional services such as self-service storage, truck rental, and car storage facilities.

Storage facilities should come with an insurance cover against theft and damage to your belongings. Go through the insurance policy carefully with your accountant or lawyer.
If you are interested in storage facilities, you can get them from storage companies or moving companies that offer storage services.

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