First time renting a storage unit? Here are some tips to help you find the right storage.
If you have started doing your research for storage in the Waltham-Newton-Watertown area, you will discover there are some options. You will need to know a few things before you make a phone call or reserve online:
How much storage space do you need?
-Generally, most people know they have small, medium, or large space requirements. Each room of furniture you need to store usually equates to 50 square feet of storage needed. Small storage units are anything from locker size, to 5×10. Anything above one room of furniture is a medium space. You’ll need to look for 75 square feet of space and up. Over 3 bedrooms of furniture, consider looking for large sizes, such as a 10×15 and up.
You can also use our storage calculator for a more precise calculation Click Here for the calculator.
-Have a plan:
If you need the storage for a long time, with no access, you can size your unit to the specific volume needed. If you need access, and will retrieve items at various times, remember to leave an aisle through your storage unit. You will need to size up at least one storage size to account for the aisle. Consider square units, with at least 10′ for better organization. Load larger items , that you do not need right away, in the back.
Beware of promotions that are too good to be true:
-There’s an asterisk after “1st Month Free!*” The asterisk means you still have to pay an admin fee ($20), buy a lock compatible with their doors (that only they sell), and buy their mandatory insurance. Generally, on small units you may end up paying almost the same amount. Get ready for customary 5-9% rate increases at least once a year. Not a good option if you know you need the storage long term, 6 months or more.
-There’s an asterisk after “free truck for move-in*” This usually means truck for 1 hour of use. After that, prepare to pay for your ‘free’ truck.
Do you need climate controlled storage?
-Only the most fragile items will require climate control, and this is most applicable in the hotter, more humid parts of the country. In New England climate controlled units just mean a higher storage bill. As long as your storage items go into storage in good condition, they will come out looking good. Bedding and clothing should be laundered, and dry. Mattresses should be in plastic covers. Mattress boxes may be necessary for certain mattresses in the event that you are in storage for 6 months or more. You will also need to consider laying your mattress flat. Use clean, new boxes for everything else. To get truly organized with your storage, put everything into a box. Boxes are great for making sure everything stacks, and they make creating an inventory easy.
Hope that helps you make a decision. Feel free to give us a call or send us an email with any storage related questions.