One of the first considerations is to choose the size of the storage unit(s) you require. As a rough estimate, a very small one bedroom apartment with no appliances will fit into a 5’x10′ storage unit, a typical 1 bedroom or a small 2 bedroom apartment with no appliances, will fit into a 10’x10′ storage unit and a typical 2000 square foot house will fit into a 10’x20′ storage unit. These sizes will need to be adjusted according to the amount of stuff you own. There are also more detailed estimates as given in the author’s bio below.If you’re looking for more tips, easyStorage Self Storage Wimbledon has it for you.
A second consideration when choosing a storage unit is the type of storage unit to choose from. Typically, traditional storage units come in two styles; temperature-controlled storage units which are inside storage units of a building and garage style. Temperature-controlled storage units offer your property a better environment. Typically, however, they require far more labor to move in and out. Your items must be loaded into a cart from your moving vehicle, taken up an elevator and placed in the storage unit afterwards. If you are hiring a mover, the time it takes for a temperature controlled storage unit to load / unload your property can easily double.
The storage unit style which is recommended depends on four factors; 1.) how much you have to store, 2.) what type of items you plan to store, 3.) how long you plan to store it, and 4.) the relative cost of each unit type. In more urban areas, garage storage units tend to cost more than temperature-controlled systems, and garage storage units tend to cost less in more rural areas. If you have very little to store, the smaller storage units are typically temperature controlled and this is recommended as there is relatively little effort involved to perform your move. Also, if you plan to store your items for more than 3 months, you’ll also recommend a temperature controlled unit. Extreme temperatures, especially your furniture, can be very hard on your property if stored for an extended length of time. Additionally, in a temperature-controlled environment, if you have antique furniture, fine art, or objects that melt / freeze such things should be kept. A garage storage unit can be used for most other storage applications, and will usually be less costly or save a significant amount of work. For example, if you have two men moving your property into a 10×10 storage unit, it will typically take 1 hour and 15 minutes less to move you into or out for storage in garage style than a temperature-controlled unit. When you consider moving in and out of your storage unit, this is a total 2.5-hour work savings for two men. This could save you about $200 if you contract a moving company for the travel. Typically this savings will more than offset any additional costs that may be associated with a storage unit in garage style.
Finally, before signing a contract you can take a brief look at the storage site. Carefully check storage facilities that have vehicles parked around the storage perimeter to ensure there is enough room for large vehicles to maneuver. The storage layout was often not designed to park the vehicles in these locations and prevent some large moving vehicles from turning some corners and parking near some storage units. Such vehicles may also reduce storage site security because they decrease visibility. To ensure that your unit is easily accessible, ask to see where your unit(s) would be located on the site either in person or at least on a map. Also, if you run out of room you should check for additional storage space available.