If you have never hired a self-storage unit, you may think that all units cost more or less the same. However, this is not the case. There are many factors that can impact the amount you will need to pay for your self-storage unit. Below is a guide to 3 things you should consider when looking for a storage unit.
The time of year
The cost of a storage unit may be dependent on the time of year. The price may increase during times of peak demand, such as during the summer holidays when many students place their belongings in storage while they go travelling. You should contact the self-storage unit before the summer and book your unit in advance at a lower rate.
The location of the unit within the storage facility
You should also consider the location of the unit within the storage facility. Many self-storage facilities have units on multiple levels. Because they are easier to access, the units on the ground floor are typically more expensive than the units on the upper levels. You should carefully consider what you need to store and if you will be able to transport it up to a higher level easily. The majority of storage facilities will offer trollies and lifts which make transporting items to upper levels much easier. If you opt for a unit that is on an upper level, you can save a considerable amount of money.
The size of the unit
When booking a self-storage unit, it is very easy to underestimate or overestimate the amount of space you will need to store your items. Doing so can result in your spending more than needed or wanted to. If you hire a unit which is too large, you are effectively paying for empty space.
On the other hand, if you have hired a unit that is too small, you will have to upgrade to a larger more expensive unit, which could blow your entire budget. You can avoid this by stacking the items you wish to store in the corner of a room and measuring how much space it occupies. If you cannot do this, you should ask if someone from the storage facility can take a look at your items so they can recommend the correct size of storage unit.
If you would like further advice about choosing the right self-storage unit, contact a storage company today.