If you’re running a bit short on space, but you do not want to throw anything away, you might’ve thought about investing in a storage locker.
However, if you’ve never used a storage locker before, it can be hard to work out what size locker you’ll need.
In this post, we’re going to review some of the questions you can ask yourself so that you can easily find the right sized storage locker for your needs. We’ll also look at a few of the common mistakes people make when it comes to sizing up a locker.
When you’re done reading, you’ll know all that you need to know, how to pick a storage locker that will be perfect for whatever it is that you want to store.
What Do You Want to Store?
The first thing you need to think about is what it is that you actually want to store.
The size/quantity of the items you are looking to store is going to have a big impact on the size of the storage locker you will be investing in. For example, if you are looking to store furniture, then you will probably need to invest in a locker that is quite big.
Keep in mind, that even if you are going to store relatively small boxes, you might still need a large-sized locker. That is because you may be storing a large volume of boxes, all of which can take up a lot of space.
What Can You Afford?
You may want to invest in a very large storage locker, simply because of the fact that you have a lot of stuff you want to store. It’s worth mentioning, though, that the bigger a locker is, the more money it will cost you to store your items.
You need to take a moment to decide how much you can budget when it comes to spending on a locker.
In most cases, a storage company will be able to let you know how much they’re going to charge you for certain set amounts of storage. They can tell you this ahead of time. If you want a special feature within your locker, such as climate control, you will end up paying more.
While you can shop around to find a storage company that might be cheaper than everyone else, you’ll want to be cautious about storing your items with companies that provide prices way below competitors. A lot of the time, companies like this are skimping out somewhere along the line.
They might not invest much in security, which can potentially lead to theft of your items. It may also be the case that they’re using low-quality lockers. This is also bad, as low-quality lockers can lead to the rapid deterioration of your items. Your items might be affected by dampness, for example.
Because of the reasons mentioned, if you are on a budget, you may need to be a bit more specific about the items you are going to be putting in storage. Decide what you absolutely must store, and consider throwing other items away. Doing so will ensure your valued items are being stored with a reputable company that will keep everything well looked after.
If you have any doubts about a storage company, take the time to check out existing examples of their lockers. You might also want to look at some of their online reviews, to see what other people think of their services.
How Much Access Do You Need?
Another thing you need to keep in mind is how often you are going to be visiting your locker and the amount of access you will need to your items.
It may be the case that you do not need to access your items for a long time. If that is the case, you can tightly pack all of the items you have inside of the locker. After all, if you don’t need regular access to the stuff at the back of the locker, you don’t need to create space to access them.
Because of this, you’ll tend to find that some of the smaller lockers can do a good job at meeting your needs – even if you have a lot of stuff to store.
On the other hand, it may be the case that you need to regularly access the items in your locker. If you are in this situation, you will need to store things in your locker so that they are going to be easy to access.
That means you will need some space in your locker that makes it easy for you to move around. Following this, you might need to invest in a larger locker, even if you don’t have that many items. In doing so, you’ll have the ability to store items and make them easy to access.
When it comes to access, it’s also worth mentioning that some lockers are going to be open 24/7, while others will have set times you can use your locker.
Finding the right storage locker can definitely be a challenge.
To make the task easier, it helps to get clear about what it is you want to store and how much you can afford to pay for storage. It’s also a good idea to review how much access you’ll need to your goods, once they’re in storage.
To begin with, this can all seem a bit overwhelming. But if you start measuring your items, and checking out the lockers on offer, it won’t be long before you find one that meets your needs.
Best of luck!
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