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Self Storage Unit: Tips & Suggestions

September 18, 2015

Maxwell Mini Storage leases Self Storage Units in Montgomery, Alabama.

We’re located next to Maxwell AFB, AL (MXF) near the Day St entrance. We’re also a quick 5-minute drive from Interstate Highways I-65 & I-85.

Watch the video (or read the transcript) and be better prepared the next time you’re in need of a Storage Unit.

4 Simple Questions

Watch this short video and learn four important questions you should consider PRIOR to choosing a Self Storage Unit in Montgomery, Alabama.

Video courtesy of Allied TV ¹ (Duration: 4:30)

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Reasons for Choosing Storage

“Hi! My name is Joe Wiktorowicz, and welcome to Allied TV.

There are many reasons why people choose to use storage units today.

Sometimes your new home isn’t ready to be moved into at the time of your move, so you turn to storage to house your items. Or maybe you want to declutter your home a bit.

The reasons are endless.

But while choosing a storage unit might not seem like a big decision, it does require some research and thought before choosing the right one for you.

What Can You Store?

So, what are some things you should know about self storage, and what exactly can you store in these units?

Watch this video and you’ll find out.

Before we dive into how to find a trustworthy unit that will keep your items safe and secure, let’s talk about what items you can, and cannot, place in self storage.

Just about anything can be placed in self storage as long as it’s not hazardous or perishable.

Items such as food, plants, gasoline, are just some of the goods that would be considered hazardous to store, or perishable, and should not be taken into self storage.

Bad for Storage:
Perishable or hazardous items such as food, plants, gasoline, etc.

Items such as computers, mattresses, clothes, home decorations, etc. are some examples of goods that are safe and acceptable for self storage.

Good for Storage:
Non-perishables and furniture such as computers, mattresses, clothes, home decor, etc.

Now that you know what can, and cannot, be placed in storage, let’s take a look at four important questions you should ask before choosing a unit.

Storage Agreements

Number 1 – Does the storage unit come with a stack of papers listing fine print fees and additional hidden costs?

If so, it’s best to avoid.

The last thing you want when looking for a storage unit are hidden charges that are tagged on after agreeing to rent a unit.

Admin Fees

Number 2 – Does the storage unit charge a ton of start-up fees?

Again, you don’t want to go with a storage unit that’s going to make you pay more than what you need.

As a rule, you really shouldn’t have to pay more than $30 to start up your storage unit.

If the unit charges more than that, try to bargain or move on to a different one.

Taking Inventory

Number 3 – Do you know roughly how many items you’ll need to store?

Before companies can give you an accurate, knowledgeable quote, they’ll need to know how many goods you’ll need storage for.

Once the companies have an estimate from you, they will be able to tell you the cost of the unit and how big of a unit you will need.

Security Measures

Number 4 – Does the storage unit have good security features?

Since you’re trusting the unit to hold a large amount of personal items, you want to make sure no one is going to have a chance to walk away with your things.

Security cameras and locks should be prevalent throughout the unit to ensure the best safety.

Once you have asked each of these questions and are satisfied with your answers, you’ll have an easier time choosing a storage unit to go with.

Unit Inspection

After choosing a unit, an important step to take is to inspect the unit yourself.

Before moving all of your items to the unit, look for signs of water damage, oil stains and pests.

You want to make sure your items remain in the condition they were in when first placed in storage.

In many cases, your local moving company can provide vault storage which seals your goods off from the elements.

And if you are considering moving your items in the future, there may be less cost involved if the moving company already has your items in storage.

Safe and Easy Move

So, there you have it – four simple questions to consider before choosing a storage unit, and what to look for before moving your items into it.

Thanks for watching!

With Allied TV, I’m Joe Wiktorowicz wishing you a safe and easy move.”

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¹ Allied is one of the world’s largest “full-service” Moving Companies with over 75 years of moving experience. If you’re in need of a “full-service” mover, contact Allied.

If DIY Moving & Storage is what you’re looking for, contact Maxwell Mini Storage.

We’ve got everything you’ll need to get you moving!