What to Consider Before Renting a Storage Unit
If you need to store some items for a move or are in the process of downsizing, rented storage facilities are a convenient solution. But if you’ve never rented a storage unit before, you probably have some questions about how the options differ and what you should look for.
We’ll guide you through what you need to know about rented storage units and what you should consider when choosing a storage company.
2 Options for Storage Rental
- Full-service storage – The storage company will pick up your items and safely transport them to the storage unit. They will also deliver them back to you upon request. This “door to door” type of service saves you time and energy and usually includes additional services such as performing an inventory of your items for you.
- Self-storage – You are responsible for delivering your items to and from the storage unit yourself. This type of storage is used more often because it typically saves money, but in exchange it puts more work on your shoulders and doesn’t include any additional services.
4 Big Things to Consider When Choosing a Storage Company
Cost of Storage
One of the most important considerations for many people is the cost of their storage. While you should compare prices locally and consider your personal budget, don’t just go with the cheapest option.
The expression “you get what you pay for” has a lot of truth to it. Saving $10 per month on cheaper storage won’t matter in the long run if your possessions aren’t properly protected from the elements.
AAA Movers offers the first calendar month of storage FREE of charge. Each additional month is charged at $60.00 per vault per month.
Size of Storage Space
The size of the space you are renting is another important concern. You’ll want to ensure you have plenty of room for all of your items without paying for space you don’t need. On the other hand, if you’re cramming your items into a space that’s not quite big enough, you risk damaging or breaking things.
If you might add more items to your storage later, you’ll need to keep that in mind as well when you’re selecting the size or number of storage units.
AAA Movers has spacious vaults (7’ x 5’ x 7’) that offer plenty of room regardless of how many items you need to store. If you need help deciding how many vaults you need, our certified moving consultants can help.
Access to Your Storage Space
If you’re doing self-storage, the location of your storage facility will also be something to consider. You probably don’t want to drive a long distance to get to your storage or maneuver through difficult traffic.
If you’re using full-service storage, this isn’t really a concern because the storage company will take care of transporting your items to and from the unit and your home for you.
AAA offers full-service storage and provides easy access to your unit with 72 hours notice.
Storage Safety & Security
The safety and security of your storage items should be your main concern. This should encompass protection from:
- theft and vandalism
- animals and insects
- weather and natural hazards
- loss or damage
Find out if the storage facility you’re considering is climate controlled as well as if it has cameras, locks, or other security precautions.
With AAA Movers, all items are entered into our Strict Inventory Control System (SICS), stored in a secure, climate-controlled warehouse, and monitored 24 hours a day.
Make Storage Easy With AAA Movers
AAA Movers is a full-service moving and storage company in Minneapolis. We serve the entire Twin Cities area and beyond with secure and flexible storage options you can rely on. If you are looking for long or short-term storage, give us a call today.