How to Choose a Storage Unit
Finding a trustworthy storage unit or solution for portable storage in Orlando, FL is kind of like finding a trustworthy landlord, except you should really only need to deal with the storage company once or twice in the process of signing up and moving in. After that, you hopefully won’t have to talk to them at all. You pay your rent, make use of your storage unit when you need to get something out or put something in, and that’s all there is to it. However, there are some warning signs you should keep an eye out for to make sure your relationship with the storage company you choose will be a good one.
Convenient Portable Storage in Florida
Take a look at the things you plan to put into storage. You may already have an idea of the size of storage unit you will need to accommodate it all, but in addition to local storage facilities, did you know there are also many affordable portable storage options you may wish to consider? Most options for portable storage in Florida involve a storage container or pod being delivered right to your home or office. By having the storage unit delivered to you, you can save yourself the hassle and expense of securing transportation to move everything off-site yourself, plus it’s also a great way to get a better idea of your exact space requirements. Portable units are available in a range of sizes and can be reserved for varying lengths of time. Once you have loaded up the unit with all the belongings you need to store, you can take your time to decide whether it would be most convenient to keep it on your property or have it hauled back to the secure storage facility.
In addition to having ample space to fit all of your items, keep in mind that your portable storage unit should also be roomy enough to allow you to move around comfortably as you work with your belongings. Many people seeking portable storage units in Orlando will settle for the smallest possible unit they can get in order to save money, and then wind up having to empty half of it out every time they need to get to a box that’s stored near the back. Unless you know you’ll never need to access anything you’re putting inside, ever again, you don’t want to be that guy.
Do Your Homework
Now we’re going to focus on how you can go about assessing local storage facilities that also offer the convenience of portable storage containers. First, don’t get stuck on the storage facility closest to your home. Here are some things to do before you even pick up the phone.
- Don’t get stuck on location. There’s no faster way to find yourself storing your precious memories in less-than-optimal storage units than to pick the company that just happens to be closest to you or cheapest in your community. Cast your net wide enough so you have a good handful of options that you can investigate.
- Check the reviews. Like any other product or service, it’s a great idea to look up any Orlando portable storage company you are considering on Google. You obviously want to take reviews with a grain of salt, but it’s usually a good idea to steer clear if the feedback is overwhelmingly bad or there’s a recurring theme. Reviews like this can also give you some valuable insight into what to watch out for as your investigation continues.
- Compare the gate and office hours. Be sure the facility gate and access hours would be convenient for you in the event that you decide to move your portable storage unit to the permanent facility in future. Some companies will only post their gate hours, or the hours during which you can access your belongings. However, the office hours (when you can actually speak to a living breathing person if you have a problem) are almost always considerably shorter. If your storage unit closes at 5 pm on Saturdays and Sundays, it’s probably not very convenient, and there may be a reason why.
Affordable Portable Storage from a Trusted Orlando Moving Company
Now that you have a few options and a better idea of what to be looking for, it’s a good idea to pay a visit to any Orlando moving company or storage company on your short list to assess their facilities and units for yourself. Remember, once you’ve filled your portable storage unit, you may decide you’d like to have it hauled back to the storage facility, so it’s a good idea to personally assess any you’re considering.
Once you walk through the door, don’t be pressured to sign on the dotted line right away, even if management tries to tell you that options are limited due to high demand. Make the most of your visit by asking to see both on-site and portable units in order to assess all your options.
- Ask the property management if you can see the on-site or portable unit you would actually get. Some storage facilities will show you a clean unit but actually rent you a dirty, bug-infested one, so be assertive in requesting to see a unit that accurately represents the one you’d sign for.
- Ask if there are any rental specials or discounts available? For on-site units, many storage companies will offer you the first month free or for $1, which makes the transition from an old storage unit more attractive. For portable units, ask about perks such as ground-level loading with no initial delivery fee. If the facility you visit doesn’t offer any specials, don’t worry—the next one you visit probably will.
- Find out what happens if you miss or are late on a payment. Renting a storage unit is not the same as renting an apartment since, with many companies, your rent is automatically late on the first day of the month. Grace periods vary by company and/or by state, but in some cases being even just a few days late with your payment means your unit’s contents can legally be auctioned off to the highest bidder at a wholesale auction. The threat of daily late fees is another scare tactic that storage units will employ to encourage timely payments. Make sure you know what your storage unit’s payment and late payment policies are before you find yourself scrambling to do a wire transfer or online payment because you neglected to drop off a check before leaving town.
Once you’ve seen the portable unit you would actually get and you have a good understanding of what you’d be getting into, ask the property manager if you can put the unit on hold and arrange a time to have it delivered to your residential or commercial property. If you can’t reserve the specific unit you want right away, get a business card so you can check in again with the person you met.
Hopefully, this helps you to determine what kind of storage options would best suit your budget and needs. And hopefully the solution you end up choosing will be one of ours!