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Storage Rental and Your Safety from bestbuy5th's blog

 

When choosing a facility for storage rental, or self-storage, there are a lot of things to consider before entering an agreement where you will ultimately be entrusting your personal belongings to the overseeing of others.

 

Many rental storage facilities are not well kept, and not have appropriately thought out safety measures to ensure that you and your possessions are kept secure. It is not uncommon for self-storage facilities to be run down; patrons have found that the lock systems are faulty and easily picked, the doors are in disrepair and can be pried open with minimal effort. Additionally, the lighting conditions are regularly poor. Without bright, ample lighting it is easy for robberies and burglaries to occur. Many self-storage units are also accessed individually from outside, which can also leave an element of exposure.

 

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Furthermore, many rental storage facilities fall short when it comes to security. When it comes to security this could be anything from patrolling staff, closed circuit video recording, and other managerial security measures such as inspections. Facilities without alarms or heavy duty, unique lock systems also place you and your belongings at risk.

 

When it comes to your safety and your wallet, it is imperative to find a balance between safety and affordability. Often times people compromise when it comes to the budget, but are in all reality sacrificing more than a few extra dollars a month; if belongings are stolen or damaged due to poor storage practices, replacing possessions will far exceed the cost of having secure storage in the first place.

 

When it comes to solving the budget/ storage need conundrum there are a few things to look for before you sign a contract or start doling out hard earned cash every month for a place to stash your things. It's a good idea to ask for a tour from the staff or even the manager of the facilities you are considering. This will give you the opportunity to more or less "interview" the facility; you will be able to gauge the values and the security measures displayed by the company. Of course, friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful staff is the first thing to consider. Next is the state of the facilities: are they clean? Are the units individually maintained and well kept? Are the lock systems unique (think key pad for your own individual code, or electronically coded key)? Is there bright lighting that will be on 24/7? Will you have access to your unit on holidays and weekends?


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