Over the course of your life, you have probably collected plenty of items which eventually take up unnecessary space. So when moving home, should you dispose of some of your belongings? Not if you don't want to! Instead, consider renting out a storage facility. After all, until you move in, you won't know which furniture or household belongings you might need! Here are some things you should consider before deciding on a storage facility.

Location

A facility close to your new home allows you to access your items whenever you like, and this is a crucial factor to consider when looking for a long-term storage facility.

Storage facilities in city centres, however, are usually more expensive in comparison to those located further afield. Therefore, if you regularly want access to your items, renting a remote storage facility would be a waste of your money and time if you live in the city. A remote facility, nevertheless, would be perfect if you rarely need to access the stored items.

The costs of renting either option eventually balance out after you factor in fuel price, time, and convenience.

Security

The perfect storage facility needs to guarantee the safety of your household belongings from theft and property damage. With the right company, you should never feel the need to move your valuables back home.

Furthermore, an excellent storage facility needs to have essential safety features such as fire procedures, fencing, security guards, and secure units. This applies even if you are looking for a short-term storage facility.

Also enquire about insurance in case anything does get damaged or go missing.

Accessibility

You should always have access to your belongings regardless of the time of day or week. So, if you currently work 9 to 5, you should store your valuables in a storage facility that operates at the weekend and after hours.

Having a clear understanding of the facility’s operating hours is vital before deciding on whether it will meet your needs.

Most people moving on weekends so be sure to ask if that’s going to be ok to have your goods accessed on a Saturday or Sunday.

Size

Storage needs usually vary from one person to another and storage facilities are available in an assortment of sizes. Therefore, you should choose a storage facility that is suitable for the items you wish to store to avoid paying for space you don’t use. For example, if you're storing just a few boxes, you'll need a smaller unit than if you're storing large items of furniture like sofas and tables.

Trustworthy

You must confirm the storage facility is reliable and to do this, you will need to check out the facility’s online reviews on Google and Yelp plus previous customer feedback. Likewise, you should speak to the staff to gauge how confident and sincere they are.

Also don’t forget to ask any friends that have storage, word of mouth is very powerful and reduces the risk of using an unknown company.

This article was written in conjunction with removalist and storage provider Hire A Mover.