Getting the Most From Your Self Storage Space in Colorado
Thinking about renting Self Storage space ? Here are some things to consider to maximize the value
- Pick the right size
- Pack correctly
- Check your insurance
- Get a Good Lock
How to get the most from your self-storage or mini-storage facility in Colorado.
How do you get the most out of your self-storage facility and maximize your mini-storage investment?
First, make sure the size is right. Storage units come in all sizes (and shapes sometimes). In urban areas especially, many storage units are the size of a closet, three feet by three or four feet. If you want to store extra clothing, books or records or cds, skiis, fishing rods, desk lamps, etc. a small unit might be right for you. If you have a little more stuff to store, a 5' x 10' (the size of a large walk-in closet) or a 10'x10' (the size of a child's bedroom often) or a size between those two, might work for your needs. In suburban and rural areas or small towns, most customers want larger units: 10' x 10' or 10' x 15' or 10' x20' ( which is the size of a one car garage). Some units are even larger. In over 25 years of providing self storage or mini storage to clients in smaller communities throughout Colorado, that seems to be the pattern. People want to store boats, jeeps, whole roomfuls and households of belongings, for a wide variety of reasons.
Second, make sure you pack your storage facility with care. Put the biggest things that you will use least at the back of the unit, and stack other things on top of them. Most self storage or mini-storage units are 8' to 10' high, so there is a lot of vertical space that can be filled. Use it. If you are going to need access to you stored materials fairly often, its smart to create small aisles in what you are storing. It makes getting to your belongings much easier. On the other hand, if you are storing your goods on Day One, and won't need them again until the day you move out, creating aisles is just wasting space in the unit.
Third, get renter's or homeowner's insurance if you feel you need insurance on the contents of your self-storage or mini-storage unit. Almost all facilities do not carry insurance for the contents of a storage unit (we don't, and I don't know of any that do). Although well over 95% of our customers never get new insurance when they store their belongings at our facilities, a few have homeowner's insurance or some other type of policy that covers them. Importantly, in Colorado the need for insurance in a self-storage or mini-storage facility is very rare.
Finally, use a good lock. Although theft is almost non-existent, a good lock is the best 'insurance' against theft. Today, there are many tough, hard steel locks; some are round (the ones we recommend because the shank is harder to cut) and other good ones are rectanuglar.
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