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Selecting the Right Self Storage Facility

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January 31, 2018

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How to select a storage unit
Whether you are storing personal belongings, clothes, furniture, business items, or vehicles, taking the time to select the right self storage facility is essential to keeping your items safe and in good condition.

Below are some items to consider before making your choice.

Taking the time to select the right self storage facility will provide you with peace of mind and a pleasant experience. Good luck!

  • Determine how often you plan to access your self storage unit. If you plan to access it frequently, choosing a facility close by is important for convenience.
  • Consider which facilities have a variety of storage unit sizes to accommodate what you will be storing. A knowledgeable self storage facility will work with you to review your storage needs and recommend the appropriate size unit.
  • Look for a facility that provides good value. While you may be tempted to go with the lowest price, keep in mind that you may get exactly what you pay for but less than you expect! Lower-priced facilities may not offer resident managers, climate-controlled units, every-door alarms, coded entry and video surveillance. To ensure a satisfactory self storage experience, always factor in self storage facility features to determine whether or not it is a good value.
  • Conduct research about self storage facilities in your area ahead of time. Speak to friends, family members or your neighbors to determine the best self storage operators. Visit facilities’ websites or call them for information.
  • Visit the facility and ask to take a tour including inspecting a variety of unit sizes to fit your needs. Reputable facilities will have staff members who can give you a tour and provide storage advice. An on-site visit will give you a feel for what your experience will be like. Look carefully for positive and negative signs. Are you able to see more than one unit? Are the units locked and secure? Is the facility well-lit? Are the self storage units and the facility grounds clean and neat? Is the staff personable?

Whether you are storing personal belongings, clothes, furniture, business items, or vehicles, taking the time to select the right self storage facility is essential to keeping your items safe and in good condition.

Below are some items to consider before making your choice.

Taking the time to select the right self storage facility will provide you with peace of mind and a pleasant experience. Good luck!

  • Determine how often you plan to access your self storage unit. If you plan to access it frequently, choosing a facility close by is important for convenience.
  • Consider which facilities have a variety of storage unit sizes to accommodate what you will be storing. A knowledgeable self storage facility will work with you to review your storage needs and recommend the appropriate size unit.
  • Look for a facility that provides good value. While you may be tempted to go with the lowest price, keep in mind that you may get exactly what you pay for but less than you expect! Lower-priced facilities may not offer resident managers, climate-controlled units, every-door alarms, coded entry and video surveillance. To ensure a satisfactory self storage experience, always factor in self storage facility features to determine whether or not it is a good value.
  • Conduct research about self storage facilities in your area ahead of time. Speak to friends, family members or your neighbors to determine the best self storage operators. Visit facilities’ websites or call them for information.
  • Visit the facility and ask to take a tour including inspecting a variety of unit sizes to fit your needs. Reputable facilities will have staff members who can give you a tour and provide storage advice. An on-site visit will give you a feel for what your experience will be like. Look carefully for positive and negative signs. Are you able to see more than one unit? Are the units locked and secure? Is the facility well-lit? Are the self storage units and the facility grounds clean and neat? Is the staff personable?

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5x5 locker

5' x 5' (25 sq ft) (Locker)

Half the height of our standard 5' x 5', our lockers will hold personal items, clothes boxes, business records and sale rep materials. This is our smallest storage unit. Available at most locations.

5x5 unit size

5' x 5' (25 Sq. Ft.) (standard closet size)

How big is a 5x5? A 5x5 will hold personal items, clothes, boxes, small furniture items, business records and sales rep materials.

5x10 unit size

5' x 10' (50 Sq. Ft.) (walk-in closet size)

Will hold small amounts of furniture, boxspring and mattress, business records and other small items.

10x10 unit size

10' x 10' (100 Sq. Ft.) (standard bedroom size)

Will hold a 1 bedroom apartment w/major appliances, other furniture and supplies.

10x15 unit size

10' x 15' (150 Sq. Ft.) (1/2 standard one-car garage size)

What will fit in a 10x15? This size storage-unit will hold contents of a 2 bedroom apartment or house including appliances and boxes, or commercial storage inventory.

10x20 unit size

10' x 20' (200 Sq. Ft.) (standard one-car garage size)

Will hold contents of a 3 bedroom apartment or house plus major appliances and lots of boxes. Business storage, ideal for storage racks.

10x30 unit size

10' x 30' (300 Sq. Ft.) (standard two-car garage size)

Will hold contents of a 4 to 5 bedroom house with major appliances and room for boxes. Business storage for files, equipment and permanent records.

Renting Online is Simple

  1. Select the storage unit size you’re interested in.
  2. Click on “Rent Now” and follow the steps.
  3. Select the autopay option.
  4. Once completed, you will receive an email with your storage unit number and access code.
  5. To reduce person-to-person contact, don’t forget to bring your own lock. Don’t already have a lock? No problem you can stop by the rental office to buy one on your first visit!