Monday, 24 June 2019

A Student’s Guide to choosing a Storage Facility

If you are a student taking a break for the summer or going off on a short internship, then you can store your personal belongings at one of the storage facilities. These establishments allow you to keep your things for both short periods like a few weeks, or longer ones lasting a few years. In addition, you can be certain that the safety of these items here is as good as that in a vault.

All these facilities have temperature-controlled units and state-of-the-art security systems in place to ensure this. If you cannot pick up the items stored once you are back from your sojourn, a number of these facilities are even willing to deliver them at your doorstep.

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Most of these facilities offer attractive discounts and schemes the entire year through. Eager to cater to students with limited means, they make sure that their pricing is well within a student’s budget. Not only will you be able to avail of services that cater to your student lifestyle, but also find insurance policies and rental plans that fit in your means.

Given below are a few ideas for you consider before you book a storage unit.

  1. Draw up a plan of what you need to keep in the storage facility, and have an approximate estimate of how many boxes you will need to put them in. Once you are decided on this you can figure out how large a student storage unit you will require.  Remember that books, clothes and kitchen equipment are easier to stack up in racks. Furniture, however, will occupy more space.
  2. Visit your nearest storage facility and ask the manager for a tour. Not only will he show you around the units, but he might also be able to give you an accurate idea of how large a unit you might need. This tour will also help you get an idea of the security systems at the facility.
  3. Visiting a number of different companies before you book one may be a good idea. However, if you do not have the time to do that, go by recommendations from friends and family. You are more likely to find a good one this way then by going through the trial and error hassle.
  4. Once you have chosen the storing facility, ask them about the rental plans and insurance.  Remember not to make any deposit or any kind of payment until you are sure that this is the best facility for your needs with attractive terms of contract. Also, check with your personal insurance agent about the advantages of the plan you already have in mind. If you find the costs acceptable, go ahead and sign on the dotted line. After this formality, the storage unit is yours to fill up as you please.
Do not hesitate to take the help of the storage facility manager to organize things in your unit. They have years of experience, training, and the expertise, which will be of immense benefit you.