If you’ve ever watched an episode of Storage Wars, then you probably are familiar with mini-storage unit rentals. Renting a storage unit is a good idea if you need to store your household items while moving or for a more extended period after a move. Whether you’re in Albany, NY or another NY area, mini-storage facilities can provide a secure and easy solution to your storage needs. Many mini-storage facilities offer a variety of unit sizes for short-term and long-term storage.
The rules to rent a storage unit will vary from company to company. Be sure to research the storage companies and their units for each facility that you are considering using. Once you have a preferred storage company picked out, make your reservation online or over the phone. You can reserve your storage unit up to a month ahead of time at most places. After your rental contract is signed, you can start moving your belongings in on your contract start date. The total storage cost will depend on the company, but most places will charge you weekly or monthly.
Many mini-storage facilities have several sizes of units. The most common sizes are: 5’x5’, 5’x10’, 10’x10’, 10’x15’, and 10’x20’. Larger sizes may be available, too, depending on the facility. Choose what you need. Most moving companies base the price of the units on square footage and the amount of time you will need storage. If you’re using a full-service storage facility, know that unit sizes there can vary; be sure to check with the facility you are interested in using.
Full-service storage companies provide “valet-style” services to their customers. Full-service storage companies will pick up your items and take them to the storage facility, allowing their customers to avoid the hassle of hauling their belongings to the storage facility themselves. Some full-service storage companies may even offer to take photographs of their customer’s stored items and markdown what was stored with them for everyone’s protection.
Mini-storage (also called self-storage) facilities are the most popular choice for storing items. These companies provide a secure and affordable way to keep household items for their customers, including oversized items like boats and other sea crafts. When the storage contract ends, you are responsible for retrieving your belongings unless you order delivery. Mini-storage companies don’t keep track of what their customers store, so if you use a mini-storage facility, make sure to keep your records of all your stored items. Compared to full-service storage, mini storage is a more affordable option, especially for those on a tight budget.
Renting a mini-storage unit is more popular than going with a full-service storage unit because mini storage is generally more accessible to use and more affordable than its full-service counterparts. After all, a customer can come and go as they please with a mini storage unit. Would you rather rely on someone else for a pickup or drop-off? A mini-storage team is also a great option if you don’t have a lot of items to store.
However, full-service storage has its perks. For example, for those in urban areas who rely on public transportation and don’t have their vehicle, a full-service storage option may be the right choice.
We base the storage cost on how long you need the team and how big a storage unit you need. Mini-storage companies generally offer month-to-month contracts. Full-service storage facilities can offer different terms and pricing. Some storage facilities ask for a minimum of three months, while others may provide month-to-month agreements. Weekly storage facilities are out there too, which may be a great idea if you only need a storage unit for a short period.
As long as you’re willing to keep paying, there is no longer an end date for storage rental. However, most people would like their belongings back at some point. Most storage facilities have monthly or weekly rental terms. As long as you meet whatever minimum time requirement set by your storage company and pay your necessary fees, you can continue to store your items until you’re ready for them. You will have to notify your storage facility when you want to cancel your rental, and please know you may need to pay the entire month’s rent on the unit no matter when you pick up your belongings in that month.
These are the key features to look for when considering a storage facility:
You can also use storage units to store boats, vehicles, bikes, RVs, or any household goods, depending on the size of the unit.
We recommend that you insure your items before storing them. Insurance will give you peace of mind that your stored possessions have coverage if something gets damaged or lost while at your facility. Some storage companies offer protection against loss or damage for no additional cost, but you should check with your facility to see what they offer. Other storage facilities may provide insurance on your stored items that you can buy from the storage rental company. However, you should first check if your homeowner’s policy or renter’s insurance will cover your items while being stored. Check with your insurance agent if you’re not sure.
You shouldn’t just throw your things in a storage container without a second thought. There is some preparation needed when putting your items in storage. Consider the following items for your storage unit checklist:
Have you already reserved a storage unit, or are you not sure if you need one? You might want to consult a reputable moving company in NY like Charles Wood & Son. Whether your belongings are going into storage or your new home, we will make sure things get where they need to go safely and on time. Contact us for a quote on your upcoming move. Not only are we pros at storage solutions, we have plenty of success in long-distance moves. Because we are an agent of National Van Lines, we have the highest service standards in the moving industry.