Need Help Choosing a Storage Unit? Get Tips from Move ‘N’ Save!
Because you have a wide variety of storage facility options to consider in Ontario, Move ‘N’ Save sheds some light on what to look for when choosing the right storage unit for your needs and budget:
- Because storage units come in many sizes, first determine how much space you will need. For instance, a 5ft by 10ft unit will hold the contents of a typical one-bedroom apartment, if packed tightly. Another common storage unit size is 10ft by 10ft. This size can usually hold the contents of a standard two-bedroom apartment or home.
- Determine how long you’ll need the unit. If you only need the storage unit for a couple of months, then price and contract terms should be deciding factors. If you need the unit long-term, you’ll want to give more weight to the amenities that the facility offers.
- Find out if the rate you were quoted is a move-in special or an ongoing rate. Many storage facilities offer special move-in rates to entice potential customers. Their goal is to get you to sign a contract without continuing to shop around. Be sure to ask questions before signing a contract with a move-in rate. Ask how long the move-in rate lasts and what the regular rate is for the unit. If you’re going to need the unit long-term, you’ll want to compare both regular rates and move-in specials.
- Some storage facilities require a deposit. When you’re comparing facilities, be sure to ask how much the deposit is and what the terms are for getting the deposit back when you move your belongings out of the storage unit. Find out what the terms are for moving out. Even if you won’t be moving your stuff out of the storage unit for some time, you’ll want to know what the facility’s terms are before committing to anything. Most storage facilities rent space month-to-month, which means you can leave at any time. However, some facilities require you to notify them at least 30 days in advance or you risk getting charged for an additional month.
- Find out what amenities the storage facility offers. There are a variety of amenities offered by storage facilities. Some facilities have climate-controlled units, which means that the units are kept at a certain temperature and sometimes at a certain humidity. This type of amenity can be good if you have valuable items or collectibles that can be damaged by extreme changes in temperature or humidity. Other amenities offered by storage facilities include fences, gates, security systems, extended hours, padlocks and on-site management.
- Ask to take the contract home with you. Reading a contract for the first time during the sign-up process can be dangerous. First, the storage facility office is often not the best place to concentrate on sometimes difficult-to-understand legalese. Second, the manager is usually waiting for you to finish and sign, which puts pressure on you. Due to a combination of factors, people often just skim the document and sign it without fully understanding the terms and conditions to which they are agreeing. If you take the contract home, you can take your time reading it. This will give you the opportunity to write down questions you have regarding the document that you can ask to be clarified before signing. Also, you can compare different contracts and see which one provides you with the fairest terms.
- The best way to choose a storage facility is to consider all your options carefully, and then choose the one that works best for you. This is obviously easier said than done. Managers have sales pitches that are very convincing, and they will entice you with the move-in special. To make sure you don’t get lured in by sales tactics, make a list of your requirements for the storage unit and questions that you want to ask. Keep this list in your hand while you tour the facility and remember to check it. Get information about each facility first and make your decision later when you can compare each facility and determine the one that best fits your needs.
Have any questions about Move ‘N’ Save’s storage facility in Ontario? Please feel free to contact our office via phone or email, and a member of our friendly, knowledgeable staff would be more than happy to help!