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How to Choose a Storage Facility and Storage Unit

There are lots of questions about how to choose the proper storage unit for your move. When deciding, common questions are; climate control vs. non-climate control, cost vs. location, size needed, etc. In this article, we hope to break some of these factors down and help you choose the ideal storage unit for your move.

    1. Climate Control vs. Non-Climate Control.
      There are several things to take into consideration here. Time of year, length of storage, type of furniture, cost, etc

      • Type of Furniture: If you are storing boxes, plastic, older furniture with worn wood, fabric, or basic contents, you will be found with non-climate controlled. If you are storing nice wood furniture, leather sofas, Fine art, alcohol, and other items that are heat sensitive, you’ll want a climate-controlled unit.
      • Time of Year: If you are going to be storing your items in the dead heat of the summer in Austin Texas, you’ll want climate control. Typically, the rule is if it gets over 92 degrees outside you to want climate control. If you live in parts of the country where it is cooler than you are likely to be fine with a non-climate control. If you are moving your items in the fall/winter, you are likely to be fine storing your items in non-climate controlled. Even with nice furniture, it won’t be a problem if properly prepared.
      • Cost: A climate control is going to be on average 30-40% more expensive than a non-climate control. Another cost to keep in mind is the cost of your moving company. If you choose a storage on the third floor with an elevator, it’ll cost you a lot more to have it moved that if you selected a 1st-floor exterior unit. Non-climate control units normally have better access and reduce moving cost.
    2. Size of storage unit needed: This can vary determined on how good you or your moving companyis and their ability to stack and utilize every square inch of the storage unit. The following rules can apply with someone who can stack a storage unit properly.                                                                                                                                                                                                               The following rules are based on the square footage of the starting home.
      • 0 Sq feet to 800 sq feet = 10×10 storage unit
      • 800 sq feet to 1500 sq feet = 10×15 storage unit
      • 1500 sq feet to 2000 sq feet = 10×20 storage unit
      • 2000 sq feet to 2800 sq feet = 10 x 30 storage unit

Going by these rules will make sure you have the proper amount of space on your move day. The last thing you want to do is be almost done moving and run out of space. At that point you have to hope your storage facility still has units available. If not, you’ll likely have to go take time and find another storage unit. That can be a hassle in the middle of your moving day. If you hired a moving company, it will cost you money as they wait for you to arrange a new storage unit. To keep your moving costs down, you must make sure you are properly prepared for your move day.

  1. What to look for when finding a storage facility: The first thing you want to look for is the appearance of the building.
    • Is it clean?
    • Is it in a flood zone?
    • Can you fit a 26′ box truck in there?
    • Do they have the first month for free? Almost all storage facilities have the first month for free. Look at to find the best incentives for storage units. This can also be a great tool for price shopping on your unit.
    • Can you take out insurance on your storage unit? This is typically a small cost but could cover you in the event something happens. Make sure it covers catastrophic events or “acts of God”. You wouldn’t want that excluded from the insurance as that is your biggest risk of total loss.
    • What are the access hours? You don’t want to have a large move and then choose a storage unit that closes at 6 p.m. This could keep your movers from finishing the job and result in overnight fees charged by the moving company.
    • Is it close to your original address? The closer it is, the less drive time charged to you by your moving company, resulting is a cheaper moving bill.
    • If you are moving yourself, choose a storage unit that allows you to use one of their trucks. This can save you on your truck rental costs.
  2. Check the security and area of your storage unit: You want to make sure that your unit is properly secured. You want it to have a gate and most of them even have someone who lives on the property. Make sure they allow you to lock the storage (using a built-in lock vs. personal lock is most secured. Some storage facilities have locks built into the storage unit.You’ll also want to ask about their security cameras. Ask and make sure they are recording and not just a live feed. Make sure they have clear access and visibility to where your unit is.You also want to make sure that the area of town is good. If the area is in the not so greatest area of town, you may want to avoid. There are so many storage facilities, at least here in Austin Texas, there is no reason to take a risk.
  3. Conditions:
    Ability to park: Ask when the best day/time is to move where there is least traffic. You’ll want to ask where all you are allowed to park and where you can park if people are already using the spots they pointed out.
    Elevator Access: Ask about the ability to reserve the elevator. If you can’t reserve the elevator, ask them to put you in the building with the least elevator traffic. Ask about times when it’s not busy. If you are paying movers, or even moving yourself, you don’t want to fight the traffic associated with a busy storage facility.
    Bonus Tips:

    • Never stretch wrap directly to your furniture if it is leather or wood. It will cause the item to sweat in storage and leave water marks. Always used paper pads (3 ply storage pads) and stretch wrap over it. The paper pads can help absorb the moisture. If you need paper pads or stretch wrap, you can contact a local Austin Texas Moving Supplies company. Check out Ecobox’s supplies at
    • Make sure you put your mattresses in a mattress bag. You never know how frequent a storage facility sprays for pest control. You don’t want bugs getting in your mattress or rat droppings on them. (Make sure to ask about if your storage facility has every had a rat or roach problem) Avoid those storage facilities at all cost.
    • 3. Prioritize and put things that you may need access to near the door of the storage unit. You’ll may want easy access to winter clothes, Christmas decorations, etc..

We hope this blog has been helpful and can help you find the right storage facility for you. If you need any help or have questions, feel free to contact us:

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