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You should consider placing items you will retrieve often in a mini-storage unit. They are more convenient and accessible than warehouse storage. Not only will you have greater access to your unit, but you also provide your own lock and key for added security.

Individual units are available to fit your needs. You rent a unit on a monthly basis under an "occupancy agreement." You may also be billed for electricity. You may move your items into the unit by yourself, or if you have a couple of heavier items, you can request a pickup. Many facilities will provide free pickup if you agree to keep your items in the unit for a certain length of time. In these cases, when the driver arrives with the truck, it will be your responsibility to load your items. The driver will accept no liability for your items.

 
   
 
Pickup & Delivery Services

Some mini-storage companies offer a pickup and delivery service. They will deliver a container or containers to your home. The driver will provide you with instructions on how to load your items and how to lock your container.

You will have as much time as you need to load your items into the container by yourself. You provide your own lock and key. When you are finished, you can call the facility for a pickup. From there they will transport your filled container to their facility. When you wish to retrieve your items, you should call the facilities several hours in advance. You have the option of visiting the facilities or having the container delivered to you.

How to select your self-storage unit

Before you place your items into a storage space, it is imperative that you inspect the facilities. Your unit should have sufficient amount of space for all of your items. Create an inventory of all of the items that you wish to place into storage, so that if you don't know which size unit to select, you'll have something to show to a facility worker.

The storage unit should be clean, and above all, secure. Self-storage facilities offer many types of security features, ranging from alarms, motion detectors, video surveillance, nightly inspections, and guards on duty. You will have to provide your own lock and key, so that only you and your authorized personnel will have access to the unit.

Insurance for Your Items

You will be completely responsible for the items that you place inside your storage unit. The storage facilities do not know what you have inside of your unit. They have no ownership in the items. Seek outside insurance. Take a complete inventory. Avoid storing valuables and antiques.

  

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