Renting a Self Storage Unit? It’s Worth Knowing the Basics First

You have probably heard of self storage although you may not have an idea what it actually is. We wish to explain the basics of renting a self storage unit to help you understand a bit more about this industry and about a self storage.

First, make sure to visit a facility where you want to rent your self storage unit and then talk to the manager. A self storage facility with a property manager on site will offer you better service, excellent resource to go to if you have concerns and more security. In case there is no manager on site, move on to the next facility to get these benefits.

Things to Take Care of If You’re Ready to Rent a Unit

  • Identify the size of the unit that you will need. The property manager can help you in figuring this out by asking some questions and showing you a number of units on site.
  • Bring ID. If you’re ready to sign the lease and rent a unit, you will have to show photo identification like a passport, driver’s license and other government or state issued identification.


  • Show proof of purchase or rental insurance on site. A lease will require you to have rental insurance to get a storage unit. When your property is worth storing it is definitely worth insuring. Also it gives you peace of mind as you know that your belongings are safe while in storage and there is coverage when anything happens. Present renter’s or homeowners as you sign the lease.


  • Have some kind of payment. Usually you will need to pay for the rent of the 1st month upon signing the lease. Storage facility operators make accept money order or check, cash and major credit cards. They can even help you in setting up future payments with their online payment system where monthly payments will be applied automatically on a particular date or you can make manual payments as you login.

Other Things to Consider

  • Length of the lease. Usually leases are month to month; therefore, no long-term contracts. You will have to decide how long you will have to keep your storage unit. However in case you will have to adjust the rental length due to some circumstances, just talk to the storage operator.


  • When to access the unit. Self-storage operators provide gate access round the clock, 7 days a week including holidays. They understand that a number of people work different shifts and must access their unit outside normal business hours. In order to enter the property, you would have to use your individual gate access code which is provided to you as you signed a lease. This helps the operator know who is on the property at a certain time. Also this provides the extra security as you access your storage unit since   only tenants can enter the gate.
  • Contacting the operator. Operators of self storage units usually have a call service which will answer the phones outside normal business hours. Phone operators can take a message for the property manager, answer a lot of questions on the spot and take rental payments over the phone.

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