Posted By: Fox Den Store-It on Tuesday, March 9, 2021

5 Things to Consider When Searching for a Self Storage Facility


You’ve finally decided you’re ready to invest in a storage unit.  Now, the big question lies in who to rent one from. The options can seem endless and quite honestly overwhelming. Different facilities offer different amenities.  It’s important to do your research to find the right facility to fit your needs. 

So how do you choose? Where do you even start?

We’ve narrowed it down to the top five things you should consider when selecting a self-storage facility.

1. Security 

First and foremost, security should be top of mind when looking at storage facilities. No one should have to worry about whether or not their belongings are safe. 

Ask yourself. 

  • Is the facility fully fenced?
  • How many surveillance cameras does the facility have?
  • Will you receive an individualized access code?
  • Is security available 24 hours a day?
  • Does each unit have its own security alarm?

Of course, the level of security you may want will depend on what you are storing. Price is a factor in extra amenities like enhanced security measures. You will thank yourself for investing a few extra dollars each month to ensure your belongings are safe. 

2. Cleanliness 

Don’t forget to tour facilities and pay close attention to the little details. Even though you are storing things you no longer have space for, doesn’t mean you should ignore the conditions of the space you are paying to store those items. Take a look at the cleanliness of the areas surrounding the units. 

Maintenance plays a huge role in making sure everything is taken care of. Fox Den facilities are located in the Midwest. Timely snow removal is something you can (and should) count on. An added perk is that our maintenance is onsite during business hours making for a quick turnaround on repair requests. Lastly, ask facilities how and how often they take pest control measures. 

3. Climate-Control 

A common amenity these days but a very important one. Climate control self-storage units keep the temperature within a certain range to protect belongings from unwanted damage. Dry climates can cause excessive damage from furniture’s foundation while humid climates can cause mold and mildew. You should choose a self-storage facility that is constructed to protect the lifespan and condition of your items.

4. Customer Service

What is your preferred way to communicate? If it’s text, email, or phone, make sure you select a facility that can match that. Your initial reach will be a great indicator of future service you can expect from staff. Was the staff friendly and responsive? 

Given social distance regulations over the past year, facilities should be respectful and proactive. Some places even offer virtual tours and document e-sign making the process easy from a distance. 

5. Location

Location, location, location. Choose a facility you drive by often; a facility you can conveniently stop by on your way to work or home. Think about how many times you see yourself visiting the facility in a year. Two of Fox Den’s facilities, Janesville Highway 51 and Newville/Edgerton, are located by the interstate ramp. Our customers rave about the quick and easy access. Factoring in the location from the beginning will save you time down the road. 

Keep these tips in mind when searching for your self-storage facility. Chat with our team to learn more about the perks of renting with Fox Den. 

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