Category Archive:self storage

As has been shown in numerous studies of consumerism, storage unit facilities and self storage rentals are on the rise.  The number of people utilizing such facilities is higher than it ever has been before.  Part of this is due to the fact that people have more stuff than they can keep in their homes, and part of it is due to the fact that many people, after spending money on an item, find it difficult to donate it or give it away.  The rise in the industry has led to an incredible explosion in the number of facilities that can be found across the country.  By some estimates, there are thousands of self storage facilities all across the country.  For consumers, this makes it incredibly difficult to know which facility offers the best services at the most affordable rates.  To help people determine which facility in their area is better than the others, here is a list of five key qualities all self storage facilities share.  Dedication to security.  The main reason people end up putting things in storage is that they don’t want to throw the items away.  To the contrary, they plan on keeping the items for many more years.  Since people care about the items they are storing, they should absolutely only choose facilities that are dedicated to security.  To put it simply, the items that people store should be stored in a way that will prevent them from being damaged or stolen.  This means that the facility should have gated entrances, coded entrances, 24-hour surveillance, and strong locks.

2.  Variety of units.  Different types of items need to be stored in different types of conditions.  Books and electronics should be stored in units that are climate controlled, so that they aren’t damaged by extreme temperatures or humidity.  On the contrary, other types of items can be stored in outside units.

3.  Knowledgeable staff.  Sometimes, things come up when a person is storing items.  When a consumer has questions about how they should be storing particular things, they need a knowledgeable person from the facility to be able to help them.  Thus, it is crucial that people only work with companies that have staff that understand the various aspects of storage.

4.  Numerous moving supplies.  Often, people don’t know that they need a particular item until they are already at the unit.  Maybe they realize that they can’t get the couch into the elevator without a hand truck, or maybe they realize that they need an extra box and a couple of markers. It is great when the facility a person is renting from has these supplies on hand.

5.  Competitive costs.  Although different units will cost different amounts of money, there is no need for people to pay a lot just for the sake of it.  Rather, shop around and make sure that the prices at a particular facility are competitive with others in the area.

Storage Direct, a self storage rental facility, is one great company that easily meets all five of these criteria.


self storage unitThis will be the third time that I will be making a move across the country.  After college, longer ago than I care to admit, I joined a national service program that would take me to Montana for a year.  I was born and raised in rural Pennsylvania and also went to college there.  I had never been out west before so I thought Montana was a good choice for my first big move.  At that point in my life my parents were still willing to house most of my things while I stretched my adventuring legs.  I packed only the essentials, such as my mini-fridge from my dorm room and my large collection of purses, and made the drive across the States to big sky country.

The second time I needed to make a huge leap across the country was after my year of service, when I had accepted an internship in Washington D.C.  Somehow in one short year my belongings seem to have doubled, and my gracious parents still agreed to store everything while I embarked on a new adventure in the capitol.  Yet another year went by and I acquired even more things while I lived, interned, and worked in the D.C. area.  They have a lot of really great little stores there!

So when the third time came around to move, to Colorado this time, I could not ask my parents to hold all of my childhood things, and many adult things, while I moved yet again. I was not at an age yet where I wanted to buy a house and live somewhere permanently.  Because of that I didn’t want to move absolutely everything with me to another state, not knowing how long I would stay there.  So I decided to find a storage unit near my hometown that could hold everything securely and inexpensively.  If I didn’t know how long I would be storing things, I certainly did not want to pay a ton of money.  I also wanted to make sure this place had adequate security and that my small life’s collection of items would not get stolen in the middle of the night.  Luckily the spot I found had 24-hour security, long office hours, gated access, locks on each unit, and most units were indoors so another layer of security was added.  I felt pretty safe knowing all of that.  And I also felt good about how my things would hold up over such a long period of time because the units were indoors and climate controlled.  I doubt I will ever wear those prom dresses again, but I still don’t want them to get moldy and smelly.

Though they never said it, I think my parents were relieved when I finally moved all of my things out of the attic, basement, and my old bedroom.  Being in your early 20′s is a strange time where you no longer want to live with your parents but at the same time you hesitate to cut all ties with them in your daily life.  So I can at least still visit for Thanksgiving, and all of my extra stuff is safe until I need it.