Not all storage units are created equal. If you’re shopping for storage units in the Sacramento area, there are several factors and features that you should consider before reserving a unit. The following guide will help you answer some of the most common questions about renting a local storage unit so that you don’t end up wasting your time and money.
What Size Storage Unit Do You Need?
The short answer to this question is: probably more than you think you do. Here at GoldKey, our units start at 5x5 feet and go all the way up to 14x20 feet. Often, first time storage customers wish they had gotten a unit one size larger than the one they chose.
People can forget to account for things like:
Leaving enough space for walking in and out of their unit,
Extra bulk created by boxes, packing materials, covers, etc.
Oddly shaped items like bicycles, furniture, and exercise equipment
Packing your storage unit to the brim risks damaging your possessions and makes accessing them a headache. If you need regular access to your unit, we recommend renting a unit that has enough space for all the items you want to store and leaves enough room for you to access everything easily.
Do You Need A Climate-Controlled Storage Unit?
Here in the Greater Sacramento Area, the weather can have a big impact on the things you store. Because of the 100 plus degree heat in the summer months, certain types of items need to be kept in cooler temperatures to avoid damage.
Artwork and art supplies
Any of the above can be damaged or ruined if stored at high temperatures for extended periods of time. The best way to prevent damage to the contents of your storage unit is to rent a climate-controlled unit that won’t be affected by the weather. Climate-controlled storage units maintain a steady temperature of between 75 and 85 degrees year round.
Does It Matter How Close You Live To Your Storage Provider?
If you plan on frequently accessing your storage unit, then you should definitely take into account the distance between your home and your storage provider.
Many people get so focused on price alone when shopping for storage units in the Sacramento area that they end up renting a unit far from home. This typically ends up costing customers more in travel time and general hassle than if they’d paid just a little more for a unit closer to where they live.
Are There Other Services You Need Besides Storage?
These types of services can make your life a little bit (or a lot) easier. They are another reason why having a provider close to home makes sense. When comparing storage provider and services, make sure to ask about things like 24 hour access, security, included moving supplies, and other essentials.