Do you want to do the moving yourself, or hire someone else to do it for you?

Sometimes you just don’t feel like packing and moving an entire apartment or house.  If the time spent and hassle of having to move is more important than the cost of having someone do it for you then consider hiring a mover.  If you decide to go that route make sure you do your homework on whoever you hire.  Your mover is handling/transporting most if not all of your valuables and should be trustworthy.  You may also want to purchase movers insurance just in case something happens.  With most reputable moving companies insurance is included in the moving price.

Will packing be a lengthy process and want to keep the stored items close to you?

Another option is to rent a mobile storage unit that is actually dropped off at your house or property?  With a mobile storage unit you can pack at your own pace and also have your things very close by.  Once you have packed the unit the company will come and move it to the place you will be unpacking it.

Are the items being stored sensitive?

If you are storing items that can be affected by cold, heat, dust, or moisture you will definitely want to consider upgrading to a climate controlled unit.  Climate controlled units are designed to manage the temperature and humidity of your unit.  This can keep sensitive valuables safe from damage/ruin.Some people prefer to have quick, easy access to their unit so that they can move items in and out as they need.  For example switching out wardrobes when the season changes, or bringing out your gameday equipment during football season.  Always consider what items you are storing and the possibility that you may want to remove some while putting other in to the unit.

Will you want to add or remove items from time to time?

Some people prefer to have quick, easy access to their unit so that they can move items in and out as they need.  For example switching out wardrobes when the season changes, or bringing out your gameday equipment during football season.  Always consider what items you are storing and the possibility that you may want to remove some while putting other in to the unit.

Do you need 24 hour tenant access?

Most self storage facilities offer 24/7 access but be aware that not all of them do.  Access varies between different facilities.  Be sure to check the rules of the facility and compare them to your needs before signing up.

Will you be storing large items such as boats, work equipment, or vehicles?

When storing larger, high-value items such as boats and cars you want to be sure that the facility is a reputable one.  You will also want to make sure they have the necessary security to insure your items.  If needed you can rent a climate controlled unit to help preserve these higher value items.

Does the storage facility have adequate security?

Security is a very important factor when considering which storage facility to go with.  Be sure to compare the security as well as safety features offered by all the facilities you are interested in.  Some things to consider are: Does the facility have security cameras?  Is the facility completely fenced?  Is there on site management? Is the facility well lit? Does the facility have an alarm?  You will rest easier knowing that your belongings are safe and secure.