Avoid These 5 Mistakes When Choosing Your Container Storage Company
You would think it would be an easy task to find a suitable storage container company that will take care of your goods and valuable belongings, some of which may be of sentimental value but in all too many cases that’s not the way it works.
Before booking any storage container facility or unit, you really need to do your homework because while hindsight is a wonderful thing, it’s not the case after you have been left out of pocket.
To avoid any potentially expensive pitfalls when choosing a container storage company and to keep things streamlined and simple with minimal stress, these five tips from a highly regarded container storage company will go a long way to helping you navigate your options like a pro.
5 Mistakes to Avoid When Renting from a Container Storage Company
- Not Doing Your Research Before Renting
Your broadband or mobile Wi-Fi is an invaluable tool that you should consider using to do background checks on container storage sites. You can do your research on the business, the location and find out about the local area the containers are stored.
The importance of research should not be underestimated with Container Storage because there are so many enticing offers to consider. Upon closer inspection though, you can find the lower prices are only available on lengthy contract terms and even with lower prices, you have to remember that it may come with a lower square foot of storage, which people may not realise until they find out they can’t fit all their goods into the storage unit.
At Top Box Self Storage, we can advise on storage space for various needs, ensuring you get adequate storage for everything you need, and we won’t tie our customers into lengthy contracts. You decide on the length of contract with no tie-ins or added extras.
- Failing to Find Out Access Times and Charges for Access
This is one that is hard to believe until you experience it yourself. Being invoiced to access your own goods. That’s in a good case example. In the worst of cases, you must pre-arrange access to the site and with some facilities, that can be a chargeable service too.
Before proceeding to book a container storage unit, find out all the smaller charges that can be added to your monthly storage bill as despite them being small, they can accumulate to become an excessive charge over the period of your rental.
As we are aware of problems customers have encountered, we made it our policy to have favourable rental terms, which is why we offer unrestricted access to our site with no additional charges, so our customers can come and go as they please 24/7 without being charged for the privilege of convenience.
- Not Inspecting the Site for Security and Safety
Security needs to be top of mind when looking for container storage. When considering the security of your container, look for the ability to use your own high-security padlock to secure your container. Most reputable firms will ask you to provide your own padlock because if you use one provided, this means you are not the only one with a key. For the purposes of Security Top Box Self Storage ask their customers to bring their own padlock so they can be rest assured there the only one with the key and the only one with access to their unit for the duration of their rental.
Always be ready to use your own padlock but also inspect the site for security. Good Floodlighting and CCTV Cameras that are working, in addition to high security fencing surrounding the site are good indications of the site being secure.
You will also want to know about the safety of the site, which is something you may consider by visiting the site and carrying out your own initial inspection, asking questions and getting a general feel for the area.
To give an example of how inspecting the site can benefit you and give you better peace of mind that your belongings are secure, at the Top Box Self-Storage Facility you can look around and see that we have outfitted the site with proper LED Floodlighting, High Steel Palisade Fencing, 24-Hour HD CCTV that’s operational around the clock and clean well maintained grounds.
- Forgetting to Consider the Ease of Access
Ease of access is not just about getting to and from your container storage units. It’s about having drive up-to-the-door access to make loading and unloading your goods super easy and efficient. Having a storage container in a built-up area that takes a while to reach may be uneasy to access and difficult to load/unload your goods which could result in a regretful rental.
Our storage units are conveniently located and all have drive up-to-the-door access which makes loading and unloading easy and without the need for mechanical lifting equipment or moving aids.
- Not Considering the Location of Your Facility
The location of your container storage facility will be vital when you are putting goods into storage that you may need access to regularly. This is especially a pitfall to avoid for the likes of business self-storage. Whether it be boxes or paperwork, goods to be sold, products to be shipped or tools to be accessed for jobs ongoing, it is a priority to ensure the location of the self-storage facility for regular and easy access without the hindrance of congestion.
All the above are going to require the container storage site to be conveniently located for easy access. Top Box Self Storage in its prominent location has good accessible links to towns and the motorways.
As with all Self-Storage Facilities its good to enquire regarding the permissions you have for the Storage of certain goods as they will all have policies such as the storing of flammable items which could pose a combustion hazard. More of which can be found in our FAQs section of the Website.
Should you need advice on self-storage with container storage rentals, don’t hesitate to get in contact with us by telephoning 01506 883912 or 07742 542790.