Tips For Choosing the Right Storage Unit

Published on 2/25/2022

Tips for Choosing the Right Storage Unit

If you’re in need of a storage unit, you came to the right place! But after you determine you need that extra square footage of storage for your life and belongings, what are the next steps? We’ve got you covered here with tips for choosing the right storage unit for your needs.

1. What will you be using it for?

First, determine what you will be using it for. One pro tip for this step is to organize the belongings in your home that you will need to move to a storage unit. Make piles or designate areas in your home or garage for all the items that will be moved. This will help you get a sense of what all will be going in the unit. 

2. How much space do you need?

Next, look at those piles or areas to determine what size storage unit you need. At Smithfield storage, we have small, medium, and large units that range in size. Check out more about our sizes and pricing here. Knowing what kinds of furniture, totes and boxes will be going in your unit, will help you pick out the best size and save you time and money. 

3. Climate controlled?

We also offer climate-controlled units. Climate-controlled units are recommended especially if you have fragile items or things that are particularly susceptible to extreme temperatures as well as moisture and humidity. Heat, cold and moisture can damage items including electronics, leather furniture, family heirlooms, photographs, and more. Protect your valuable assets and mementos from damage by investing in a climate-controlled unit.

4. How accessible is it? 

The last aspect to consider is accessibility. Where is the storage facility located? Is it easily accessible to you and your family if you need to get in there and grab something? Depending on how much you do need access, you might choose a facility closer to your home. Or if you don’t need access frequently, perhaps choosing an option a bit farther out is fine. Then consider the accessibility of the unit depending on what items you need to store. For example, if it is a building with more than one floor, make sure there’s elevator access and that the elevator is large enough to accommodate whatever furniture you might be bringing up. Or, if it’s all ground level, how wide are the hallways? How easy is it to park close by an entrance? 

Answer to these questions to help you choose the right storage facility and right unit for your needs! And give us a call today to learn more about what Smithfield Storage offers.