As you're researching available storage space, consider the following: how often you plan to access the available storage space; whether you will need a traditional moving van to load or unload your self-storage rental; and, does the facility offer you a sense of safety—especially if you're a female. We'll explain below why each of these considerations is important.
- If you need to find self-storage due to an upcoming remodel or move, you will probably come and go from the self-storage rental more often. Keep this in mind and look for a convenient facility that's close to your current residence or work location. You'll also benefit from choosing a facility that offers easy street access—so you can get in and out quicker.
- The vans of traditional moving companies require a wide gate access, driveway and turning radius than smaller U-Haul vans. Be sure to ask if a moving van can get to your self-storage rental, or you'll be stuck paying for additional time and labor costs from moving company for doing a "work-around."
- Before making a decision on available storage space, think about your comfort level going there during the winter months when it's dark outside. Verify that the facility offers on-site managers, secured access and after hours lighting. All of which can make you feel safer.