Just like any other business transaction, renting a self storage unit to store your belongings must begin with questions in order to ensure that the necessary conditions are met. For first time users and even for those with the experience, the right questions may be challenging to come up with. Here are the questions you should ask your self storage company before signing a contract with them.
How much will it cost me?
Always ask about the cost when inquiring. After the rent is laid out, ask about other charges and the circumstances that warrant them. Often, these costs are in the contract but this information is vital even before any contracts are drawn. The cost should be asked over the phone or in person at the initial contact. When asking about the price, also inquire about special deals and discounts that you may be eligible for. Sometimes, these discounts are not published and you don’t want to miss out on a good deal.
When can I access my belongings?
Different self storage facilities have different policies and time for visiting. This question is very important when you need constant access to your property. You need to know the time when you can drop by and retrieve your items. Access is also affected by where the self storage rental facility is located. Look for an American Self Storage within your area to make sure that your belongings are just within your reach.
Can I always call somebody about my property?
There are allotted time for visiting your items and a time where you can make calls of talk to personnel in a self storage unit company. If you need to make arrangements or inquiries about your belonging make sure that you are aware of the designated office hours that the company has. There are times that visiting hours and office hours are different. This is something that you need to make a note of.
Do you accept items that need special care?
If your property includes items that need special handling such as medication, documents or jewelry, make a list of these items and show them to the company. If you know the special handling procedure for the items, let the self storage company know. If you don’t, make sure you are with the company that has the proper facility to handle these items as well as the right people to care for your belongings.
Are there a minimum number of months that I need to pay for?
One of the advantages of using a self storage rental unit is that, most of the time; you get to rent them on a per month basis. Compared to other options where contracts run up to six months to a year, self storage facilities generally charge you only for the amount of time that you will be using their services. Each company is different. This is something that you should remember. This is why the length of the contract needs to be included in your initial inquiry to avoid running up to surprise charges.