Whether you’re looking at utilising self storage units for commercial business purposes, or for non-commercial, domestic ones, locating the right self storage facility for your exact requirements is hugely important.
Once you’ve narrowed down the selection of nearby facilities online, and studied the various reviews and unbiased critiques of the available facilities, you need to look at a number of different features of the nearby facilities. Ranging from ease of access, to the offered level of security, to the value, pricing and different quotes and offers, self storage facilities can offer a lot of different features, but evaluating what meets your needs perfectly is crucial.
You need to know exactly what you need so you’re not blowing your budget on unnecessary features (do you really need to access your furniture in the middle of the night?), knowing your needs saves you cash. Here are some key features to evaluate and choose from.
Utilising local self storage facilities can make moving house, moving back home from university or running a business, all of which can be very stressful, much, much easier. Just knowing your valuable stock or equipment, or irreplaceable personal possessions are completely safe and within easy reach can be a real load off of your mind, but only once they’re completely secure and stored up within a facility that you trust and can depend on. Make sure you use plenty of the points raised above to make sure your moving in is stress-free and straightforward, leaving you with plenty of hassle and stress-free time to get on with running your business, or moving house.
Always, always compare, it’s the easiest way of getting the best value. Getting quotes from multiple facilities can save you a whole bundle of cash and guarantee you the best value. This should pretty much be your rule of thumb whenever getting any service, regardless, but it is especially useful with self storage, where you can compare security features, distance to the facility and offers and deals, offset against overall cost. It can sometimes be awkward, cutting through all the offers and services to actually find which service is the best value, and as such noting down specialties, costs, and offers is always going to be the neatest and easiest way of finding the best self storage unit for you.
Ease of access and convenience is hugely important. What size vehicles does the facility allow in? Is it twenty-four hour a day access, via a computerised gate-access system, or will you need to go in the day? Is it well-lit and safe? These are all key considerations when planning your move, and you need to think about all of them to ensure everything goes off without a hitch.
Locality of the facility is important, this can really alter your decision as it can sometimes be necessary to dip in and out of your unit, especially if you’re using it to store stock, equipment or personal possessions. You really don’t want somewhere too far away if you’re going to be dropping in frequently, but if you’re only going once a month or so you can afford to use a cheaper facility in a more rural or distant Gloucester area. Rural area facilities will always be cheaper because they don’t have the overheads to cover of more city-centric or suburban self storage businesses, but obviously a city-based self storage unit could prove much easier to access regularly. It’s really up to you, you just need to work out the degree of convenience you require when moving into your unit.
Absolutely crucial is security. When you are selecting your facility you should examine the levels and quality of the security offered. Are there on site staff? How frequently are the security cameras monitored and is it well-lit enough for the cameras to be effective? Are the storage units individually alarmed? What insurance on your possessions, equipment or stock is offered? You need to think about this kind of thing so you can rest easy, knowing full well your stuff is completely and utterly safe and protected.