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Here at Storage Seeker, we want to make sure our customers understand everything there is to know about self-storage – from finding the right unit to checking out. Here are some details for new and experienced storage renters so that you can make sure you have all of the information you need.

First, determine what size storage unit you need. 

You don’t want a storage unit that is too big or too small. This will cause you to pay more than you need to or not have enough room. So, start with the most oversized items first. Common storage unit sizes include 5’x5’, 5’x10’, 10’x10’, and 10’x20’. Many units offer drive-up access. There are also storage options for RVs. 

Then determine the best deal based on your needs. 

Here at Storage Seeker, we allow you to compare and reserve top-rated units online at no cost, but figuring out the best deal for you truly depends on your needs. For example, if you plan only to rent a self-storage unit short-term (to accommodate a move), finding a storage facility that offers a discounted rate, or free rental, initially can help reduce costs. However, if you plan on keeping this storage unit long-term, finding a set discounted price or a price you can afford monthly for the duration of your rental is critical. 

Take the necessary steps to protect your belongings.

While most storage facilities offer 24-7 security and climate control, there are still steps you should take to keep your belongings safe. 

-Make sure your belongings are insured. 

You can insure your items through a separate insurance policy purchased through your storage facility or your own homeowner’s insurance or renters insurance. 

-Pack properly. 

Fragile items should be marked and wrapped accordingly. You should also organize boxes within your self-storage unit for easy access. Some renters number boxes (and have a corresponding list) to know what items are where. 

-Follow all facility rules.

Your contract will have a list of rules concerning what you can and cannot store (for example, gasoline), as well as what you cannot do (such as live in your unit). Failure to follow the rules could cause you to lose access to your belongings. The facility would then sell your items at auction. 

-Pay rent on time.

While the policy is different for each storage facility, the maximum number of days you can go without paying rent is 30 days. Once you have defaulted, the facility will no longer allow you to access your belongings until they receive payment. Late fees may apply. If you fail to settle, your belongings will go to the highest bidder.

Provide proper notice when moving out. 

Make sure you understand the policy for canceling your rental to avoid fees. Many companies require one month’s written notice – so scheduling your departure at the end of the month may be ideal. Depending on when you offer notice, you may need to pay for an entire month’s rent instead of a prorated amount. 

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