If the unit is too small, you won’t fit everything in, and if it is too large, you are paying for space you don’t use. So choosing the right size is an important decision. However it is easier said than done.
You want to make sure your belongings are safe. Your unit should be lockable and you should be the only one who has access to it. Hence providing your own padlock is the best option. If the unit has its own alarm, if the facility has CCTV cameras and if it is monitored 24/7, even better.
Access to the unit
Determine how often you will be accessing the storage unit. If accessing it often, then you don’t want the facility to be too far away, and when on the premises, you want your storage unit to be easily accessible. A drive up unit in this case is usually the best option.
When visiting a storage facility, always make note of how to get from your car to the storage unit, ie lift, stairs, drive up.
Make sure that moving equipment is provided so that items can be easily transported from your car to the storage unit.
Make sure the facility is open during the hours you need access.
You may or may not want to insure your belongings whilst in storage, however make sure it is available so that you can take insurance anytime you want to do so. You may at a later date, for instance, add something to your storage unit which you would like to insure.