Choosing to rent a storage unit to store an overflow of items from your home, documents for your business, or any other purpose can raise a lot of questions. To make getting your questions answered easier, you will find a list of the most commonly asked questions below.

How soon can you move into a storage unit?

In most cases, as long as the storage facility has an open unit, you can move in as soon as your application and first payment is made. Some facilities are full and you may need to wait for a unit to open, so if you need a storage unit right away, you may need to shop around to find one with a vacancy.

What documentation will you need to provide when renting a storage unit?

Many storage facilities will only require that you provide a current photo identification. This could be a driver's license, state issued photo ID or passport.

How do you make payments?

This will vary from facility to facility. Some facilities have online payment capabilities, others will only accept payments at the office or by mail. You may even be able to find a facility that will set up automatic payments to be taken from your checking account or billed to a credit card. Talk with the storage facility manager to learn what their particular options are.

Will you need to buy a lock?

It is a good idea to buy your own lock. Even if a lock is provided, you should have a lock that you know that you are the only key-holder to.

What size storage unit will you need?

  • If you are storing small items, like boxes of personal items, small pieces of furniture, business files, toys, etc., a 5x5 storage unit may suit your needs.
  • If you are storing a few large furniture pieces along with small items, a 5x10 unit will do.
  • If you are storing the contents of a 1 bedroom apartment, a 10x10 should do nicely.
  • For large home storage needs, a 10x30 storage unit is likely necessary.

Is there anything that you are not allowed to store in a storage unit?

Generally speaking, any flammable fluids, perishable items, explosives, and liquids are prohibited from most storage facilities. If you have a question about a particular item, contact the storage facility and inquire about their regulations.

Now, you should have many of the questions that you have about renting a storage unit answered. Any further questions should be directed to the storage facility, such as Simonson's Mini Storage, that you are considering.