When putting your items into storage, it's important that you feel confident in the safety of your belongings. When searching for a commercial or public storage unit to rent, there are a few things you can look for beforehand that will not only put your mind at ease but ensure the items you look up will still be there the next time you return.
Choose the Right Commercial or Public Storage Facility
Before you even step foot on the property of a self-storage facility, do a little homework first. Most reputable places have websites online that offer up a ton of information, like:
- Rates, promotions, and specials
- The types of units available (public, commercial, RV, and boat storage)
- Security measures in place
- Services and amenities available
By spending a little time online, you can reduce the amount of time you'll spend driving around and touring different facilities.
Once you've narrowed down the list of possible selections, drop in and ask some questions and request a tour. A tour can help make the decision on which facility to go with much easier to make. Some of the things to look for when touring around the property include:
- A well-lit facility, both indoors and out
- Video surveillance technology
- Computer controlled access and electronic keypads
- A mobile security unit
- A resident manager
Do Your Own Due Diligence
Even after you've chosen a secure storage unit, there are some steps to take that ensure your belongings are safe.
Consider how you will store your items in a general public storage or commercial storage unit. High-valued items should be stored in the back of your unit so they are not the first thing seen. It's rare for an entire storage unit to be completely emptied out without anyone noticing. The harder your valuable possessions are to find/grab, the better the chance of them remaining in your locker.
Some facilities allow a renter to provide their own locks. If that's the case with the unit you've chosen, use a lock that's resistant to bolt cutters, such as a disk lock or a cylinder lock. By taking the extra step of making sure your unit is more difficult to enter, you stand a really good chance of avoiding any burglary attempts from occurring in the first place.
For even more things to look for when choosing a facility, check out our previous post: Things to Look for in Your Self Storage Provider.
When looking for a secure and affordable storage unit, come and speak with the storage experts at Space Centre Storage. We offer competitive rates, exceptional security measures, and a wide variety of unit sizes.