Choosing a Storage Facility
That old jacket might be worth next to nothing. If you're lucky, you could get two bucks for it at a garage sale. But you wouldn't even think about selling it, right? Why? Because it's worth too much. To you. Sentimental value is real, and those silly things from high school or college or from you son and daughter's childhood may have no place in your home, but you can't bring yourself to throw them away.
That's why self-storage is here, to help you find a place for the important overflow of your life.
Choosing the right storage facility is an important decision. And tiny independent self-storage sties don't cut it anymore. Here at Midland Affordable Storage, we focus on keeping our facilities up-to-date with advanced security systems, coded access gates and secure, solid fencing to deter "window-shopping" from without. You and your belongings will be safe from the moment you enter our facility.
We also offer FREE moving trailers when you choose to move-in to our Midland Storage site. We have all the securities and protection offered in Dust and Climate-Controlled units as well as the convenience of drive-up units.
There are several things to look for when shopping for a storage facility.
We've got some tips for you here so that no matter where you're shopping for self-storage, you know how to find the best and leave your belongings in storage, safe and worry free.
- A facility should have at least 16 video surveillance cameras. Anything less is not adequate coverage for a medium to large facility.
- Choose a facility with solid metal or brick fences rather than chain-link fences. This will keep potential thieves from "casing" your unit while you load it plus provides some protection from blowing dirt.
- Always visit the facility before renting if at all possible. Look at driveways . . . are they well kept, or full of potholes? Are they dirt and gravel or concrete/asphalt? Look for signs of water damage. What about dust build-up? Is the place well cared-for? Do the chain link fences show signs of intruders climbing over them? Are there any other customers around you could talk to? See what they think.
- Is the facility accessible when you need access? Are gate hours liberal or are there limitations on when you can get to your belongings? Do they charge extra for 24-hour access?
- Does the facility offer a variety of sizes so that you don't have to pay for extra space that you don't need?
- Do they carry the moving supplies you are going to need for your convenience?
- Do they take credit cards, offer long-term discounts, offer automatic credit-card billing, provide free moving trailers, etc?
Remember that taking the little extra time to scout the facility before making a choice will be worth it. And if you ever have questions about a site or about storing your belongings correctly, don't be afraid to ask the staff of storage experts. They're there to serve you!