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Houses built decades ago were spacious with wide front lawns and airy backyards. These houses also often had large basements and roomy attics which provided extra rooms for storage. Grander ones even have outhouses built to store out-of-season items, spare furniture, or equipment. In contrast, houses nowadays are much smaller in size due to the rapid growth of cities. Many now even choose to live in condominiums where there is just enough space for basic furniture. With living spaces becoming smaller and smaller, many are resorting to storage facilities to keep their belongings secure and their living spaces less cluttered.
When choosing a facility for storage, here are some things you should consider:
1. What items are you placing in storage? The items you will be placing in storage will determine the amount of space you need. If it is just for seasonal items such as clothing and sports gear, a 25-square-foot space may already suffice. If you need storage for upholstered furniture or archive documents, you may want to look for a storage unit equipped with climate-control.
2. How long will you need storage space? Most storage facilities allow you to lease space from a minimum of two weeks to however long you wish to keep your items there. If you are planning to keep your items in storage for a long period of time, do inform the facility as most of them offer discounts for long-term lease.
3. How secure and accessible is the facility? Make sure that the facility you choose has adequate security measures in place and that you can access your storage unit anytime you need to. You may want to inquire about extra security for valuable items or documents.
4. Is the storage facility clean and well-maintained? Do check if storage units are clean and that the area is pest free. You really don’t want to come back for items and find them infested with bugs or gnawed by vermin.
With the increasing need for storage, many facilities are now offering more affordable and more flexible storage solutions including units that can be accessed daily. Finding one that exactly fits your needs wouldn’t be a problem.