Things to keep in mind when choosing a storage facility.
There are a few different options to choose from when it comes to storing your belongings.
Here are some of the things to think about when choosing which type is best for you...
Do you need long term or short term storage?
If you need long term storage it is actually going to be a lot cheaper for you to store your goods in a sea can style warehouse. Usually the company will come by with a big truck carrying the can and drop it outside your house on or in front of the curb. You can then choose to pack it yourself, or hire a local company like ours to help you load it. The benefit of hiring a local company to help is they will have the expertise to load it safely so your things wont shift and get damaged. Another benefit of hiring professionals is they will show up with all the necessary equipment and supplies as well.
If you only need short term storage pick a company close to where you live and make sure the units are heated. Also make sure you don't notice any rat droppings or dirt in the units. It's very important that the company has a good security system and that the units are all dry. This will insure your belongings wont rot or end up with rat droppings on them.
Do you need access to your belongings while they are being stored?
If you do need access to your items while they are being stored then, using the sea can style is not the right choice for you. It is better to go to a self-storage storage facility where you are granted access 24 hours to your locker without having the storage employee being present. Once again, if you do choose a self storage make sure they have a solid security system in place.
How to pick the right sized unit.
The best thing to do is consult the employee working at the facility to help choose the right size storage for your goods. They are trained in knowing which unit is best for you. Generally they will have information on their website to help as well.
What to do with items you no longer want or need.
There are numerous good will and donation spots around Vancouver. Pick one closest to your storage unit to save you time when dropping things off. Don't forget, things like TV's and other electronics need to be recycled, not brought to the landfill.
Things that can save you time during your move to storage
Choose a ground floor unit that is easily accessible for the movers. The closer they can pull up to the unit the faster the unload will go.
Make sure the unit you choose is slightly larger than you think you need. This makes loading that much easier and will save you time and money.
Choose a storage facility close to your house or apartment.
We work with and always recommend MAPLE LEAF SELF STORAGE. They provide affordable and clean units for all their customers and they have facilities all over the city and surrounding areas. Mention you found them on the LOCAL MOVERS website and they will offer you a discount on your storage unit.
We hope this post will make choosing the right facility and storage unit type that much easier for you.
Have a great day!