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  • Sifting Through Storage Solutions

    1 posts, 1 voices, 495 views, started Sep 26, 2008

    Posted on Friday, September 26, 2008 by Feathermaye


    • Carnelian

      According to an article* posted by in 2005, 1 out of every 11 Americans owns or rents storage space at a location other than their personal home or property.

      That’s a lot of people with a lot of stuff!!  

      On average, I rent 5 storage spaces a day.  Some folks store their entire household’s furnishings while they are in transition from one home to another; some folks have suffered the loss of a loved one and find themselves suddenly in possession of more items than they know what to do with, but are unwilling to part with for sentimental reasons; yet others are enjoying the high life with RVs and boats, but their homeowner’s association will not allow them to park in the neighborhood.

      No matter how different each of these situations may be, the one thing that every single one of my customers have in common is that at one time, they were all brand new to storing their possessions. As such, they’ve all asked the same, or similar questions of me over the years.

      In an effort to try and dispel some of the confusion and mystery to the self-storage industry, I’ve compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions, and their answers.  While this list is far from all-inclusive, it should help to generate the right conversations between you and your local storage facility manager.

      Q: What size do I need?

      A: It depends on what you need to store! Most storage spaces are sized “by 5s” or “by 10s“, like a 5ft X 5ft (akin to the size of a standard closet) space, or a 10ft X 15ft space (similar to a single car garage). Determining ahead of time how much you’ll be storing and how much of it can be stacked (to take advantage of that vertical space!) will help you and your facility manager determine exactly the right size for your needs.

      Q: Do you have security?

      A: Typically, no. Many storage facilities do not offer “security“, per se. My facility offers perimeter fencing, stadium lighting, controlled-access gates and on-site resident managers, but none of that can be considered security.

      Q: Do I have to sign a long-term contract?

      A: Usually not. Most storage rental agreements are month-to-month, and only require a short-term notice from you to terminate it. However, many facilities offer a discount if you pre-pay by several months because you know you’ll be storing for an extended period of time. Be sure to check with your facility regarding refunds of pre-paid rents, in the event you move out sooner than anticipated.

      Q: What’s the difference between climate controlled storage and non-climate controlled storage?

      A: Simply put, it’s the difference between the environments in your garage and in your living room. Items like upholstered furniture, antiques, books and clothing tend to react poorly in hot, humid conditions. If you‘re unsure of which will serve your needs, ask yourself if you’d be comfortable storing your items in a standard garage. If your answer is ‘no‘, then climate control is probably your best choice.

      Q: What happens if I don’t pay my rent on time?

      A: Most facilities have strict payment terms and penalties in place. Late fees in the storage industry can be very steep. Furthermore, although the rules may vary from state to state, if a storage account goes unpaid for a specific period of time, there is a strong possibility that the facility manager maintains a landlord’s contractual lien clause, which means they can seize your items and attempt to sell them at auction to recoup their losses.

      If you have any further questions, or need clarification on any of these items, please feel free to leave a comment here and I will do my best to find a good answer for you!

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