So it’s your first time using self storage? Here’s what you need to know!
1) Know what you want to store and what can be thrown out.
A big move or transition is a great time to consider discarding some of the items you have. A good rule of thumb is that if you have not used it within a year, and it has little to no sentimental value, it can be thrown away. Figuring out which items you wish to store is the first step in figuring out which unit would be best for your needs.
2) Be able to answer these 3 questions:
- Do I need a climate controlled unit? (What is climate control?)
- Will I be accessing my unit often?
- How will I be transporting my items into self storage?
Having answers to these questions before you search for a self storage facility can help save you time and money. You may not necessarily need a unit with a regulated temperature, so why pay for it?
If you’re not going to be accessing the unit often, there are many packing techniques to maximize the space of your unit.
The cost of transporting your items should not be overlooked either. If you have your own vehicle capable of transporting your items to a facility, that is great news! Renting a moving truck however is large expense.
At STORExpress, we know that 3 out of 4 people need transportation for their items and we offer our 12ft moving trucks at no extra charge during the move-in process. Always be sure to factor transportation costs in your self storage experience and know that STORExpress offers a FREE TRUCK and GAS that can be an $100+ value for most movers!
3) Call our store. We’ll be happy to answer your questions even if you choose not to store with us.
We take pride in the fact that we attempt to fit every one of our customers into the right sized unit. The last situation we want is to have a customer paying for extra space that they do not need or worse, purchasing a unit that is too small once they start moving in.
If you are curious about the difference between a 5×5 and a 5×10 or starting to move an entire house to the Pittsburgh area, feel free to contact us. Our self storage experts will be happy to assist you!