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How self-storage works

February 27, 2019

How self-storage works

Self-storage units are a convenient and easy-to-find option for those in need of storage. When renting a self-storage unit, customers move their belongings into the storage facility themselves and have access to their items from the storage unit when needed.  The first step is determining the unit size you’ll need.  Cochrane Road Self Storage has the right tools available to help you with this.  Our storage calculator allows you to enter your household items, such as the number of beds, furniture, appliances, electronics, etc. so you get the right size unit the first time.  The most common unit sizes include 5'x5', 5'x10', 10'x10', 10'x15' and 10'x20'.  Having multiple size units to choose from with all ground-level access is another convenience!

What can be stored inside of a self-storage unit

Most household and business items can easily be stored inside a storage unit except dangerous and/or flammable items such as fireworks, explosives, chemicals, fertilizers, paint, gasoline, narcotics and propane tanks. Additional items that cannot be stored inside a unit include perishable food, medicine, plants and of course animals and relatives!  If you’re unsure of an item, be sure you check with your on-site facility manager about specific rules and restrictions prior to moving these items into your unit.

Self-storage unit costs

Self storage costs are determined by the size of the storage unit rented. Larger units are typically more expensive, which makes using a storage calculator helpful, so you only rent the size unit you need.  Location is also an important factor as well. Determining whether to store closer to home or work is an important factor to consider.

How to compare self-storage facilities

When choosing a self storage facility, there are many things to compare.  It’s important to understand what your storing and whether you will need an inside unit that is air-cooled or climate controlled or an outside, drive up unit for convenience. You also want to make sure there is sufficient security, such as individually alarmed units, security cameras and monitoring, as well as on-site managers to look after the facility after hours.

Preparing items for storage

It’s important to review proper packing techniques and safety precautions to ensure that your personal or business items hold up well while inside a storage unit. A few recommendations for preparing items for storage include creating an inventory list, researching storage restrictions, cleaning belongings beforehand, investing in sturdy boxes or plastic bins, labeling all boxes, ensuring that all items are dry and disassembling furniture to save space.  It’s also a good idea to wrap furniture and art so they are protected for longer storage.

Who should rent a storage unit

Storage units are perfect for those in need of temporary, short-term storage while moving, long-term storage when downsizing, traveling or during deployment and equipment storage for larger items such as landscaping tools and recreational items. Those looking to de-clutter can also use a storage unit to assist with getting items out of the house. In addition, storage units are an excellent place to store seasonal items such as Christmas ornaments, winter or summer clothes, sports equipment and holiday decorations.

Storage unit features to consider

Storage facilities vary in their offerings, so it’s important to do your research. You should only consider a location that features air-cooled, climate-control options, individually alarmed units with extended access hours, video monitoring and additional security measures, such as lighting inside the facility and multiple sizes offered.

Insuring your stored items

It’s a good idea to insure your items when placing them in storage. Many storage facilities offer free or affordable coverage for items that are damaged or lost while in storage. If you're counting on your homeowner's insurance to cover items while in storage, be sure to check your policy's specifics. Many insurance providers have a limit on how much they will cover when the items are located off-premise.

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