At first thought, you might think that all storage facilities are created equal. The truth is, though, that some facilities have a slight edge over the others (and we’re not just talking about the ones that keep fresh-baked cookies in the office).
Here are ten qualities you should look for when trying to decide which storage facility to use in the Phoenix area.
1. Unit size variety.
Look for a facility that offers many different unit sizes. This will ensure that you’ll be able to find a space that works just right for you, without forcing you to pay for space you aren’t using. You should be able to choose among closet-sized units, garage-sized units and many sizes in between.
2. Climate control.
Especially in the Phoenix area, climate controlled storage can be a real game-changer. With climate control, you won’t have to worry about your more delicate pieces, including wood antique furniture, musical instruments, mattresses, or other pieces that require special care when storing.
Surveillance cameras should be abundant and updated.
The property should be well-lit, and free from any dark or hidden corners.
5. Appropriate access hours.
The access hours of a storage facility may vary, but the important thing is to find a schedule that is going to work for you. You want to be sure your facility is accessible when you are available.
You probably don’t want to drive across town to get to your storage unit, especially if you are storing things you want to access frequently. Look for one close to your home or your office, so you can visit whenever you need to.
Things like upgraded security gates and alarmed units can give you a much-needed piece of mind when storing your valuables. Make sure you ask about a facility’s security features before renting a unit there.
8. Customer service.
Chances are, you’ll have to interact with the office staff a few times during your rental agreement. Choose a facility with a courteous office staff who is happy to help. (Remember: a happy employee is often a sign of a well run company!)
Keep an eye on unit prices so that you can find something you can afford comfortably. Make sure you ask about any fees associated with renting before you sign any agreements.
10. Positive reviews.
Few things are more telling than how current customers feel about a company. Whether it’s through word-of-mouth or online reviews, the testimonials of others can tell you a lot about how a facility is run. As always with reviews, try to take them with a grain of salt; there is always two sides to a story!
Hopefully, by assessing these ten things, you’ll be able to pick a storage facility that fits your specific needs.
Need a place to start? Check out Arizona Storage Centers. With multiple locations around the Valley, including Phoenix, Gilbert, Glendale, Chandler, and Deer Valley, you’re sure to find an option that works well for you. Stop by or give us a call at 480-386-6022 today!