Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Right Storage Unit

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Having enough space can be a challenge when safeguarding your “stuff,” whether that is treasured personal belongings or business assets. If you are beyond the point where your garage is no longer an option, a storage unit will provide you with the benefits you need at a reasonable price. However, choosing the right type of storage unit is an in-depth process, so today, we will walk you through it step by step to ensure your choice aligns perfectly with your needs. 

What Type of Storage Unit is Right for You?

There is a vast array of storage options, so we are going to walk you through the six most popular. 

Permanent Storage:

Permanent storage units come in various sizes and are ideal for those needing a long-term solution to store personal or business items. They are located at a facility with security measures and provide a reliable option for those who require consistent access to their stored goods.

Storage in Transit:

Storage in Transit offers a temporary storage solution that is perfect for individuals in the process of moving homes or businesses changing locations. It allows for the safekeeping of furniture, appliances, and other items during the transition phase, typically available for 30 to 90 days.

File Storage:

File storage facilities are crucial for businesses that need to store sensitive records and documents securely. These facilities are climate-controlled and equipped with advanced tracking systems to ensure quick retrieval as well as protect against data loss, litigation, and unauthorized access.

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Commercial Storage:

Commercial storage services are tailored for businesses needing extra space to store inventory, equipment, or furniture. These services often include comprehensive inventory management and are ideal for companies looking to optimize their operational space by storing off-site.

Cold Storage:

Cold storage containers are essential for events or operations that require keeping perishables at controlled temperatures. These containers provide a cost-effective and practical alternative to traditional walk-in coolers and freezers, suitable for events, catering, and emergencies.

Storage Containers:

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Mobile storage containers are versatile and convenient for various uses, including DIY moving, on-site equipment storage, or temporary storage during business renovations or home sales. These containers are delivered directly for easy access and can significantly ease moving and storage logistics, offering a flexible solution for short-term or transitional storage needs.

Determining the Appropriate Size for Your Storage

One of the most problematic aspects for individuals when it comes to choosing a storage unit is selecting a size. Most commonly, storage units range from 5×5 to 10×10, with the smallest option being an excellent choice for homeowners needing a little extra space and the largest for those needing about ½ of a garage. 

We suggest reading our in-depth blog to explain how to select the appropriate storage size for your needs. However, as a quick recap, we suggest the following quick steps:

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  1. Determine how you will use the storage unit. What will go in it, how long will you need it, and will you need to access it often? 
  2. Create a preliminary inventory. Write a list of what you want to store, their size, and if they will be going into larger storage boxes. 
  3. Use painter’s tape to estimate the size in your driveway. Mark out the space with tape and do a test run to see if everything fits. 
  4. Always go one size up. Like with anything, when in doubt, go one size up and have a little wiggle room rather than accidentally getting something too small and running out of space. 

The Critical Role of Climate Control

Beyond cold storage, which refers to food-safe refrigeration climate control, there are also climate-controlled storage options. Climate-controlled storage keeps items at a safe temperature and prevents damage. 

For example, suppose you are planning to store anything with wood, electronics, fabrics, metals, paper, or antiques of any kind. In that case, climate-controlled storage will ensure that the content of the unit doesn’t get hot, thus preventing heat-related damage. In our opinion, it is always worth the investment!

Security Features to Look for in a Storage Facility

Whatever you are putting into a storage unit is obviously precious enough to you that you want it to be kept safe. That’s why you must consider the security features of a storage facility when determining where to place your business. 

For example, we at Larsen Transfer are a military-approved facility, which means we abide by the strict rules and regulations set forth by the military and government. All of our warehouses have security alarms, 24-hour security cameras, and responsive fire suppression sprinkler systems.

Choosing a storage facility with robust security features like ours will give you peace of mind, knowing that your valuables are safe and sound.

Comparing Prices and Understanding Contracts

Determining which storage is right for you is more than just the physical space and features. You must also consider the costs and contract obligations. 

When it comes to pricing, we recommend the following:

  1. Check monthly price rates based on unit size and features
  2. Ask about deposits and late fees
  3. Review weight fees (for transit options)
  4. See if there are any running promos or discounts

If the pricing seems reasonable and within your budget, it is time to review the contract. First, understand the leasing terms. Recognize whether the contract is on a month-to-month basis or a fixed term. Month-to-month offers more flexibility, whereas fixed terms might offer a price benefit but less flexibility.

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Second, ask about insurance. Some contracts may require you to have insurance for your stored items. Determine whether your personal insurance covers storage units or if you need to purchase additional coverage through the facility.

Lastly, make sure to read the fine print! We advise paying close attention to clauses related to payment schedules, late fees, and termination policies.

At the end of the day, remember that this is a business transaction, even if what you are storing is sentimental to you. Always take the time to clarify any questions or negotiate terms. 

Larsen Transfer – Your Tri-Cities Storage Provider

Ready to find your perfect storage solution? Contact Larsen Transfer today for expert advice and secure, flexible storage options that cater to your unique needs.


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