How to Choose a Storage Unit Facility | Xtreme Storage Albuquerque

Published on 7/17/2023
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Choosing the right storage unit facility is a decision that requires careful consideration. With so many options available, it's important to assess your specific needs and preferences. Factors such as the amount and type of items you need to store, the duration of storage, frequency of access, and the level of security you require all play a role in making the right choice. In this article, we will explore different types of storage solutions and provide you with essential questions to ask when selecting a storage facility.

Outdoor Storage

If you're in need of temporary storage for items such as seasonal decorations, outdoor equipment, or other belongings that aren't highly valuable to you, outdoor storage can be a practical and cost-effective option. Typically found in rows of self-storage units, outdoor storage facilities are often secured by fences and offer drive-up access during regular hours. This means you can conveniently park your vehicle right next to the roll-up door of your unit, making loading and unloading a breeze. Some outdoor storage facilities even provide 24-hour access.

While outdoor storage offers convenience and accessibility, it's important to consider the impact of weather conditions on your stored items. Wind, rain, sun, and snow can potentially damage or deteriorate your belongings during loading and unloading. Additionally, although security measures are usually in place, outdoor storage units are more vulnerable to theft compared to indoor options. Therefore, if you're storing valuable items or require a long-term storage solution, outdoor storage may not be the most suitable choice.

Questions to ask about outdoor storage:

What type of video and alarm security systems are in place?

Is the facility gated?

Is the property well lit? Will you feel comfortable visiting after hours?

Can you access your unit easily and safely, at any time of day?

How weather-resistant are the units?

Portable Storage

For those seeking flexibility and easy access, portable storage provides an excellent solution. Whether you need short-term or long-term storage, portable storage containers offer convenience for various situations such as home staging, remodeling projects, and downsizing, decluttering, and even moving. Depending on the company you choose, you can store your belongings on your own property or at a storage facility. When you're ready, the containers can be delivered to your desired location or picked up and transported to another destination. This eliminates the need for multiple trips or renting a large moving truck.

It's important to note that the degree of flexibility and options available will vary depending on the mobile storage company you select. Therefore, it's crucial to choose wisely and assess the storage center's availability, timing, and access options.


Questions to ask about portable storage:

Can the portable container be stored at a secure storage facility?

Can you access your container easily while it's in storage?

How much time do you have to load and unload your container?

Are there different container sizes to choose from?

How weather-resistant and secure are the containers?

How far away can the containers be delivered? (This question is particularly relevant if you're planning a move and want the container to be re-delivered to your new address.)

An additional advantage of portable storage containers is their suitability for moving purposes. If your storage needs are connected to a relocation, some portable storage providers can transport the container across the country or even to international locations like Hawaii and Canada.

Climate-Controlled Storage

Certain items require protection from extreme weather conditions, making climate-controlled storage units a viable option. Unlike traditional indoor storage units where temperatures may vary depending on the floor, climate-controlled storage maintains a consistent home-like environment with control over both temperature and humidity. This is particularly beneficial for items such as antiques, photographs.