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All of us need storage at least once in our life. We may be relocating to a faraway place and need to store our items for a short period. Or, we simply want to put certain, less needed items in storage in order to declutter our home. Whatever the case may be, in order to use the most out of storage NYC, we need to know how to choose the right storage unit. Although this might seem straightforward at first glance, there are a couple of factors that you need to consider in order to find the storage unit that is just perfect for you.

Know all the different storage options before you choose the right storage unit
In order to choose the right storage unit you need to know what is out there and what suits you best.

Figure out the best type of storage for you

In order to choose the right storage unit, you need to be aware of the many storage options there are. Different storage companies provide different storage services and the best thing to do is to find the one that suits you. Now, if you are new to using storage units, you need to do a bit of research. Talk with multiple storage companies in order to find out what storage services they provide and go online to find what kind of storage services there are.

What kinds of items are you storing

An important factor in figuring out which storage unit you are going to need will be the items you plan to store. Certain items require specialized storage units in order to remain in pristine condition. For those, you can use climate controlled storage units. These help tremendously with items that are vulnerable to sudden weather and moisture changes. There are also items that, simply require regular storage but need to be packed in special containers.

Different items
Different items may require different storage solutions.

You need to know what you are storing and organize your storage unit properly in order to ensure that your items will remain intact during storage. The more research you do the better you will be able to figure out the right storage for you.

For how long are you storing them

This is also an important factor. Storing items for a couple of days is completely different from storing them for a year. Heck, some people even use storage units for business. You need to figure out how long you are going to store your items. Talk with the storage company to get familiar with different payment plans. Different periods of storage often entail different ways of paying for it. Therefore, knowing for how long you are going to store your possessions is a key component when you choose the right storage unit.

Will you need to visit them

Some Manhattan storage companies make no difference whether you will visit your storage unit or not. But, for those who do, you need to know if you are going to check up on your storage unit and take items our or put items in it. This is also an important factor in figuring out which packing materials to use. Cardboard is good for one-time use. But, if you reuse it constantly, it loses its integrity. Plastic bins are much better suited to handle continuous use.

Find a good storage company

In order to choose the right storage unit, you need to, of course, find the right storage company. Now finding a storage company is quite similar to finding a good moving company. This will come as no surprise to most of you since many moving companies, like Divine Moving and Storage NYC, provide storage services as well. All in all, there are certain guidelines you need to follow in order to find a good storage company and, therefore, find a good storage unit.

Look locally

Start looking for your storage company locally. Especially if you want to find cheap ones. Local companies are much easier to check out since you can visit them easily in person. Plus, you can ask your neighbors about them. You are bound to find people that have worked with the storage company before and that can give you their impressions. One honest review from a neighbor is worth ten online reviews. But, that doesn’t mean that you should check your storage online. Not by a long shot.

Online research

Look, we live in the 21st century. The fact of the matter is that if you are looking for something and you are not using the internet as a tool, you are doing it wrong. When you start to choose the right storage unit, the internet will be your best friend. Go to sites like Google or Yelp and find reviews of the storage companies in your vicinity. Be careful if the company has only super positive reviews or no reviews at all. There are ways to manipulate the online review system and a company that has only super positive reviews is likely doing so.

Facebook
You can even use Facebook to check out the storage companies in your neighborhood.

Choose the right storage unit – final thoughts

Once you have found your storage company, and have figured out which storage unit is best suited for you, you are pretty much done. All you need to do now is to pick one of the storage units that your company provides and start using it. By now you should know how much items you have and how much room you need to store them. If you do not, don’t worry. Simply talk with your movers so that they can send a representative to evaluate your items for you.

Money and quality

At the end of the day, choosing a storage unit will boil down to money and quality. The more money you spend the better quality storage units you will have. The trick is to figure out how to spend the least amount of money and have the necessary quality. Not the best quality. Necessary quality. Consider your storage units as just another tool in your project. And as a tool, you need to figure out how to make the most from the least.  A lot of people do not choose the right storage unit simply because they don’t properly consider it.

 

About Author

John G.
John has been with Divine Moving and Storage in New York for nearly two decades. Starting as a young helper and climbing up the ranks to be a staple in our organization. John has the knowledge and experience to assist our clients with any move or storage related needs. You can reach John or any of our associates in NYC at 212-244-4011

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