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6 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Storage Facility

July 07, 2019

If you are planning to move into a new home, there are many reasons you may need to put some of your belongings in storage. Whether you are downsizing and looking for a place to keep extra furniture, moving internationally and storing your belongings until you head back home or remodeling your home as you relocate, a storage facility can keep your items safe and protected during this busy and exciting time in your life.

When it comes time to search for a storage unit, there are several things to ask before making a final decision:

What security measures does the storage facility abide by?

When placing valuable items in storage, you will want to know if they will be safe from theft or burglary. Unlike your home, your storage isn’t under your watchful eye at all times, so you’ll want to look into what security measures are in place in order  to protect your belongings.

Highland Moving & Storage Vancouver has an alarm system in place and trained security staff on hand, so you will be able to keep your belongings protected and returned to you in the best condition.

How is the storage facility organized?

An organized building where boxes are labeled and arranged on top of pallets is much safer than one where boxes are left on the floor. Not only do pallets help to keep all of your belongings in one place, they also prevent damage from occurring. A storage facility’s organization says a lot about the company, so be sure to ask about their process.

At Highland Moving & Storage Vancouver, each individual pallet is protected with a tamper-proof shell and immediately marked with handling instructions as well as a description of its contents to ensure the safety of the items within it.

How will you organize your belongings?

Now that you know your items will be placed away neatly, you should think about how you will organize everything before putting things in storage. Instead of throwing your belongings in a few boxes and digging through them when it comes time to look for something, you should try to take the extra time to organize in a way that makes sense to you.

Try to identify the items you may need to access while in storage such as winter or summer clothing, holiday items, kids toys, tools or office documents. You could also create a master contents list of the contents in each box, along with the box number so you can easily remember what is in each box, even if some of the boxes are out of view.

Is the storage facility climate controlled?

When storing your belongings, climate control is an important aspect to consider since moisture, insects and temperature change can be extremely damaging. If you are storing wooden furniture, paintings, electronics and antiques, they should especially be stored in a climate controlled facility so they stay in the same condition they arrived in. At Highland Moving and Storage, all of the facilities are climate controlled to ensure that your valuables are properly cared for during the time they are with us.

While doing your research, you should also consider the following things:

How much will it cost?

One of the most important things that everyone thinks about first is the price of the unit, so make sure you first determine how much you want to spend each month and base your price search around that.

Here at Highland Moving & Storage Vancouver, we don’t make you pay for the space you are not using and you will not have to squeeze all of your items into one small unit. All of our

Is it convenient?

During your research stages, consider convenience and location if you plan on accessing your belongings often. If you don’t have to drive 40 minutes there and back you can save time, hassle and energy by choosing a local storing unit.

Highland Moving & Storage Vancouver, located in Langley, BC, is part of Highland Worldwide and partners with two other service moving locations in British Columbia.

Remember, your belongings will be safe with us. To learn more about our storage solutions and receive a free quote, or contact us by phone at 604-581-2300, we look forward to helping you during this transition period in your life!