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A First-Timers Guide to Picking A Self-Storage Unit

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Is it your first time renting a storage unit? We can help! Minorcan Moving & Storage Inc, the family-owned moving & storage service in St. Augustine, understands that with the many options available, it may be difficult to pick the right one.

So here’s how to rent one for the very first time.

Understand storage unit basics

Renting a storage unit offers many benefits; however, knowing the basics of a storage unit is important to know which one to rent. There are two types: full-service storage and a self-storage unit. A full-service storage facility is optimized and offers pickup and storage for customers. It’s a great option for those with substantial belongings and business owners dealing with sensitive inventories. A self-storage unit features storage lockers that people can rent on a short-term or long-term basis. They’re extremely common in the US, with over 23 million self-storage units.

Assess your needs

Once you know what type of storage units there are, it’s time to decide which one to rent. The first step to picking one is assessing needs and preferences. For this, list items and their types that you plan on storing. There are temperature and climate-controlled storage options. Does your list contain items that need it? For example, art pieces require 40-50% humidity and 70-75 degrees Fahrenheit. Do any of your belongings require extra security?

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Space Needed

You may be decluttering your home and require storage to keep all your belongings safe, or you might be a business owner looking to store seasonal items away. Whatever your reason for renting a storage unit, you will need to check the size of the unit to decide whether it’s the right fit for you. The average size is approximately 10×10 feet, but this can vary. Use the list of items you created that require storage and consult with a facility on what size will work rather than making guesses. You don’t want to end up renting another unit because the first didn’t fit all your possessions.

Research Options Near You

Renting a local self-storage unit is more beneficial because you should be able to access your belongings quickly. This is especially true for business owners renting a space for their inventory. Check reviews and testimonials to find what services are offered in your area and what facility best suits your needs.

Work With a Storage Provider

You can use a self-storage facility or contact your local moving and storage company. Set up a consultation to discuss the unit you want to rent, tour the facility, check out security, and discuss short-term or long-term plans. Make sure you understand your storage contract before signing any agreement.

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Minorcan Moving & Storage Inc is the leading moving company in St. Augustine, and we also specialize in storage services. Whether it’s storage, residential, commercial, international moving, or specialized freight services, we can help!

You can contact us for moving and storage services! If you’d like more information on the services, explore our website.