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Moving Out: Finding a Storage Solution


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Moving Out:  Finding a Storage Solution

Ten years ago, I found myself with the need to move out of my apartment before my new place was ready. For a month, I camped out on my best friend's sofa. That also meant I had to find somewhere to store my furniture and other belongings. Fortunately for me, a local storage facility offered container rentals for reasonable prices. I was able to have a container delivered to my apartment, filled it with my stuff, and then have it transported to a facility. It remained there until my new place was ready. At that point, the service delivered the container and we set to work loading everything in my new home. If your lease is expiring but your new place will not be free for a month or two, let's talk. Temporary storage solutions are easier to come by than you think.

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Signs A Self Storage Facility Takes Safety Seriously

If you are currently looking for a self-storage facility, such as Statewide Self Storage, to store your belongings in, and you want your belonging to stay safe, you need to make sure the facility is safe. Here are a few signs that the self-storage facility you are looking at will keep your belongings safe and secure.

Gate

The first thing you need to do is pay attention to the gate that is installed at your self-storage facility. The gate should be tall and should not be easily open. It should also require a code in order for users of the self-storage facility to enter. Members of the public should not be able to enter through the main gate back to where all the storage units are located.

Fence

Next, you should make sure that the entire storage facility is fenced in. This will keep unwanted individuals off of the facilities premise and will help keep your storage unit and your belongings safe. Make sure that the fence goes around the entire facility and does not just fence off the front of the property.

Controlled Entry

Make sure that all of the entries into the storage facility are secure. Any gates or doors should require a lock or key-code in order for individuals with a unit to enter the premises. The most secure methods of controlled entry would require each renter to enter their own unique code; that way, who enters and exits the premise can be tracked. A facility that uses a single code for their controlled entry system will not be able to actually track who is entering and exiting; this compromises the security of the facility.

On-Site Security

Next, ask about what type of on-site security the facility has. The most secure self-storage facilities will employ a 24-hour security guard to walk around the premises. Don't just take their word for it; drop by and make sure that there is actually a security guard on premise when they say they are.

Security Cameras

Finally, you need to look for and make sure that there are security cameras on site. These security cameras should cover the main entrance to the facilities. There should also be security cameras that watch over the entrance into the storage units themselves. Any unit you are interested in renting should be within view of a security camera. Additionally, someone should be monitoring the security cameras 24 hours a day to ensure that no one breaks into the facility.

In order for your belongings to be safe, the self-storage facility you use needs to be safe and secure as well. Make sure that the facility uses controlled entry methods and has an adequate security guard and security camera presence before you sign a rental contract.