6 Mistakes People Make When Choosing a Storage Facility

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6 Mistakes People Make When Choosing a Storage Facility

Not all Kamloops storage facilities are created equally. If you do a Google search for storage companies, you’ll see that there are many types of storage, features, and of course, prices. Renting storage is an important decision for individuals and businesses. Whether you need temporary storage during a move or require long-term storage, it’s important to make an informed decision. In this post, we’ll discuss the top 6 mistakes people make when choosing a storage facility.

1) Believing All Storage is the Same

No two storage companies are exactly the same. First, what type of storage is being offered? Is it mini-storage, mobile storage, indoor storage or outdoor storage? What features do you get for your dollar? (e.g., climate control, video surveillance, on-site packing supplies). What are the storage access hours? When shopping for a storage unit, be sure to compare apples to apples.

2) Disregarding Climate Control

Many people disregard the importance of climate-controlled storage. Climate controls keep your belongings safe from environmental harm while in storage. Your belongings are protected from heat, cold, and humidity. This is especially important for textiles, paper, wood, and electronics. High humidity and extremes of temperature also create the perfect environment for mildew and mold.

3) Overlooking Security Features

Don’t assume that all storage companies use the same security technology and storage access procedures to help keep your belongings safe from theft. The following are a few security features to consider when comparing storage facilities:

  • Keycard-only access
  • Alarms
  • 24/7 video surveillance
  • Outdoor security lighting
  • Secure dolly check-in/check-out system
  • Attentive staff who take security seriously

4) Ignoring Storage Facility Hours and Access Procedures

Convenient location and storage access hours can easily be overlooked. If you need to access storage frequently, the facility should be conveniently located, have ample parking, and convenient hours and access procedures. For example, the Valleyview Mini Storage Facility in Kamloops offers 7am – 7pm access, 7 days per week and you don’t need to call to access your storage unit.

5) Choosing the Wrong Storage Unit Size

It’s easy to underestimate or overestimate the size of storage unit you’ll require. Some storage facility websites have storage unit square footage comparison charts. While these charts are “estimates”, they are a good starting point. People frequently underestimate the square footage they’ll need. When in doubt, call and ask. The staff should be able to tell you which options will best suit your storage needs.

Read “How to Estimate the Right Size Storage Unit”.

6) Failing to Read the Storage Contract

Contracts protect you and the storage company. A contract defines the terms and conditions of renting storage, stipulates payment terms and payment schedules, late payment penalties, liability and cause for contract termination. Read and understand the contract before signing it. If you have questions, ask the storage company staff for clarification.

Looking for a Storage Facility in Kamloops? Contact Valleyview Mini Storage

Valleyview Mini Storage is an award winning storage company that offers convenience, competitive pricing and many storage unit sizes. We also carry a good selection of moving boxes and packing supplies. If you have questions about storage unit sizes or prices, please contact us. We’re always happy to help!