With more Madison residents using self-storage every year, it’s important that they truly understand their storage needs before signing an indoor storage contract. If you’re considering renting a self-storage unit in Madison this year, consider:
1. What do you plan on storing?
It’s important to know what you’re storing before you sign a contract. This will help you determine the amount of storage space you need and whether or not you need it to be heated. For instance, if you’re an artist who needs extra space to store art supplies, you may not need a large unit, but you may want it to be heated to protect your paints from extreme cold. If, however, you’re an auto enthusiast who needs some extra garage space to store one of your vehicles, you’ll just need a big space.
2. What’s your storage budget?
Indoor self-storage prices can vary widely based on capacity, location and the availability of climate control, so you’ll need to understand what you can afford before you sign a binding contract.
3. How often will you visit your unit?
If you’ll need frequent access and plan on moving things around in your unit a lot, you may want to factor in extra storage space. If you don’t, there may not be enough room in your storage unit for you to safely maneuver around your belongings.
4. What about insurance?
Tenants shouldn’t assume that their homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policies cover rented self-storage units. It’s best to ask your insurance provider and, if it is not included, be sure to ask your storage facility if they offer tenant insurance for an additional monthly fee.