American Self-Storage Blog

Picking a storage facility

By Blog Author on Tues. Sept. 4th, 2017


There are several different types of storage units available for people to rent. Some are the size of a typical hall closet while others can house a full sized vehicle. There are inside, outside, and climate controlled units. There also units that are protected 24 hours by security and fences whereas others might only supply security cameras. All of the options can be a bit overwhelming for an individual who isn’t familiar with the storage unit renting process. We’ve created some a list of the top four things to consider when picking the unit that's right for you.

  1. Accesability - If you plan on accessing your unit frequently you want to make sure it's close to your primary residence. Driving across town to grab something out of storage can be time consuming and extremely inconvenient. However, if you do not need frequent access to your unit feel free to shop around. You might find a better deal somewhere outside of your neighborhood. Another thing to consider is the time of day you will be accessing your unit. Find a facility that either allows 24 hr access or will open during times you’re likely to visit.
  2. Size - As previously mentioned storage units come in several different sizes. Consider what you are going to be keeping in the unit. You do not want to pay for more space than needed. Once you find a facility you are interested in speak with the staff and explain what all you are needing to store they can point you in the right direction as far as what size would work best for you.
  3. Security - If you plan on storing important documents, heirlooms, or other valuables you might want to consider the security of the facility. Some units provide 24 hour surveillance in the form of on site security guards or security cameras. These features will help provide peace of mind that your belongings are protected.
  4. Unit Type - Storage units come in many different sizes as we previously covered, but they also come in various types as well. If you are storing sports equipment or old furniture an outside unit might suit your needs perfectly and may be a bit cheaper than other options. If you are storing something a little more delicate it might be best to use an inside or climate controlled unit. If you are unsure what will be work best for you facility staff is always happy to give advice.