Here at Ample Storage we encourage our customers to stay informed and educated about our processes. Today we will be exploring some of the frequently asked questions about self-storage units.

1. How much is a storage unit?

When it comes to self-storage unit pricing it usually depends on the size and location of the storage unit. Contact our office today for pricing information.

2. Can you live in a storage unit?

The short answer to this question is no. For starters, storage unit facilities are businesses, and authorities stress the fact that living in an area that’s not zoned for residential use is illegal. 

In addition, storage units pose a number of health concerns that would be incredibly tough to deal with, including no windows, no running water, limited space and usually  management will do rounds before closing to make sure everything is locked up—meaning there’s a chance you can get locked in your unit.

3. What size storage unit do I need?

Determining what size storage unit you will need will depend on how much gear you decide to store. At Ample Storage, we have a wide selection of units ranging from 5’x5’ to 20’x20’. 

The smaller 5’x5’ units can hold roughly the contents of an average one bed apartment. This includes a bed, a sofa, miscellaneous appliances and other small items. 

Our two largest  units come in 10’x40’ to 20’x20’. These two are about the size of a two car garage with plenty of room for a couple cars, several bed sets, sofas and other furniture. Check out our storage unit sizes to discover which size will fit your needs best.

4. Does renters insurance cover storage units?

Generally—yes. However, it usually comes at a lower protection rate, usually around 10% of your total personal property amount. 

Renter’s insurance will usually cover stored items like clothing, furniture, electronics and appliances from theft, fires, tornados or water leak damage from the unit. On the other hand it doesn’t protect pest damage, floods and earthquakes—unless your renter’s insurance is upgraded.

5. How do you organize a storage unit?

The best way to tackle this situation is plan out exactly what you’ll be storing away in your unit. After you know what will be in there, you should map out where you will put your items. Start with heavier items you won’t plan on needing in the back, and stack boxes high to make sure everything fits.

Also, be sure to label everything to be more efficient when you need to find a specific item. Pay close attention to fragile items, electronics, books or magazines that could be prone to water damage on the floor. 

For more information on how to organize your storage unit check out our storage unit tips or our How to Maximize Storage Space blog post.

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6. Who should rent a storage unit?

When it comes to deciding to rent a storage unit it depends on your specific needs and situation at the time. Many renters use units for extra gear that doesn’t fit in the garage, and that is not often used.

Another common use for a self-storage unit is during the moving process. It’s great for holding your belongings for a month or two, a college student who’s going home for the summer or if you plan on moving away for just a few months.

7. Do I need a climate-controlled storage unit?

Climate-controlled storage units are usually only necessary for certain situations and items, or if you are willing to pay the extra price. They’re great for specialty items that can deteriorate severely over time like artwork, old photographs, collectibles, antiques, important documents or musical instruments.

Climate-controlled units are also great if you plan to leave your belongings for an extended period of time, or if you live in a severely hot or cold climate.

8. What features will I get in a storage unit?

At Ample Storage we provide a number of benefits to accommodate your storage needs. We offer numerous sizes, competitive prices and specials, no deposit or contracts, ground units and 24/7 security. Give us a call today to get started!

9. What should I look for in a storage unit?

Before you sign up or get locked into a contract be sure you’re looking out for a couple things first. The top priority is usually security. You don’t want to drive away from your unit wondering if all your belongings will still be there the next time you come back. 

Be sure to also do some research on; accessibility (24 hour access, hours, etc.), pricing, availability, location and reviews.

10. Should I insure items that are placed in a storage unit?

Although our storage unit facilities are monitored 24/7, it is a good idea to insure your belongings. Storage units aren’t totally immune to disaster where arson, flooding and theft aren’t totally unheard of. While your belongings are in very capable hands at Ample Storage, storage unit insurance can give you that extra peace of mind.

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