3 Tips For Renting A Self Storage Unit

Self-storage units (such as those from Guardian Self Storage) can come in handy in a number of circumstances, whether you need to store belongings ahead of a move to a new home, are planning to downsize your current residence, or have inherited items that you do not have room for in your house. But not all self-storage facilities are created equal, and each individual may have unique storage needs. If you are planning to rent a storage unit in the near future, use the following tips to help ensure that you have a smooth  experience:

Look for a Facility with Good Security

Before renting a storage unit, it is important to make sure that the facility that you choose has good security to help prevent your unit from being vandalized or broken into. In many areas, you can find self-storage facilities that are gated, and require a unique code in order for people to enter the grounds. It is also a good idea to look for a storage facility that has numerous lights and it very well-lit at night, as criminals may avoid areas where they can easily be seen. It is a bonus if you can find a self-storage facility that has a night security guard or monitored surveillance cameras.

Determine Whether You Need a Climate Controlled Storage Unit

Most traditional storage units are located outdoors and are well suited for a variety of items. But if you are storing valuable or sentimental items, it may be worth the extra money to rent a climate controlled storage unit. A climate controlled storage unit can be a great choice if you live in an area that is very humid, has harsh, cold winters, or experiences very high temperatures in the summer. Some of the items that can be affected by adverse conditions while in storage include real wood furniture, electronics, photographs, and documents. If you're storing something that can't be replaced, you may want to err on the side of caution and look for a climate controlled unit.   

Don't Forget About Insurance

When you're storing items in a storage unit, it is important to have insurance to cover your belongings in the event that they are stolen or damaged in any way. Contact your homeowner's insurance company to see if you have storage unit coverage on your policy. If you do not, you may be able to buy insurance from a private company or through the storage unit facility.