The 7 Pitfalls of Self-Storage
Whether you're downsizing to a smaller home or you're looking to de-clutter your home without permanently saying goodbye to your valued items, you may be considering a storage facility. At this point in the process many people hit a fork in the road:
Do I need opt for self-storage or full service-containerized storage?
There's no one right answer, but each storage option has its pros and cons. Some of the major concerns that deter many people from choosing to use a self storage facility are concerns about damage to their furniture and cleanliness of the facility. Here are some of the downsides to choosing a self-storage facility that you should be aware of:
- Self storage facilities typically aren't monitored...after all, people are constantly entering and exiting their storage units with new items. This means that hazardous materials or shipments infested with bugs can make it into the facility adjacent to where your items are being stored.
- While some self-storage companies offer 24 hour access, not all of them do. Some self-storage companies have business hours that may not coincide with your work schedule.
- Many self storage companies charge upfront rental and deposit fees, which can be costly. Also, renters usually end up payment for a unit with more space than they actually need, rather than only for the space they require.
- Often, self storage facilities have limited security, increasing the risk of crime, be it from outsiders or other renters. Even more concerning is that your renter's insurance may not cover items in storage.
- Self-storage facilities usually don't distribute monthly invoices nor do they alert tenants of upcoming due date deadlines before late fees are applied. Often, self storage facilities also increase their rates after the first few months of storage.
- Many self-storage facilities aren't climate-controlled, which could lead to property damage caused by humidity. A climate controlled environment is especially important when you're storing paintings, antiques, valuable papers, wine and computers.
- When movers leave your storage items at a self-storage facility, they take their blankets and other protective materials with them. This means that your stored items are no longer protected and may get scratched or damaged while in storage.
Is Containerized Storage A Better Option for You?
Many people who don't need daily access to their items choose a containerized storage facility. They boast a number of benefits from greater cleanliness to tighter security. If you're trying to determine if containerized storage is the right choice for you - and want peace of mind that you valuables will remain in the same condition you stored them in - check out "The Top 5 Advantages of Containerized Storage".
Whatever storage facility you choose, remember to do your due diligence. Research the storage company you're considering and read plenty of online reviews. If you're already working with a reputable moving company, ask them for suggestions.
At All Jersey Moving & Storage, we have our own containerized storage facility in New Jersey. To ensure items are secure and remain in good condition, furniture and other items are blanked-wrapped and stored in large, sealed wooden containers.
At the All Jersey Movers storage facility, movement in and out of the facility is carefully monitored. Another advantage of storing your valuables at the facility is that you pay exclusively for the space that you use, there are no move-in administration fees and rental fees are stable.