If you pay attention, you will notice that public storage facilities in Mississauga are quite common these days. This has been a burge oning business across the Canada for a few decades now and seems to grow every day. They have shown up in urban centers, every small town and suburb and for good reason: because they are simple, convenient and could possibly save people money. The business works, but does it work for you?
What to Consider
The first thing you need to consider when thinking about whether or not public storage facilities are right for you is simply: what are you storing and why? While public storage facilities are handy for all the basic reasons, it is important to ask yourself whether or not you truly need it. What are you storing? Are the items you are storing worthwhile to store or are they items that are simply taking up space you could use for something better? If you just need the space and cannot afford an addition to your house then this is a no-brainier, however if you are making room just so you’ll eventually fill it up with more junk then you may need to re-evaluate the reason behind your public storage needs. Donation to charity or even a trip to the dump may be just as viable of options. A well thought out approach to public storage can help in actually saving money, but the pitfalls with this sort of an approach can add to your woes, financially and storage-wise.
So You’ve Thought it Through
Good. There are many benefits to the temporary use of public storage facilities. First and foremost is convenience and cost. There are all types of public storage facilities that can handle whatever it is you want to store: outdoor storage for boats and recreational vehicles, simple storage lockers for a temporary place while movingto a new residence, or indoor climate controlled facilities with extra security to help protect the things you value most – but do not have room to store. While these range in cost, they are almost always going to be less expensive than adding on to your home or moving into a bigger one. Another factor in cost is the length of the contract. Many public storage facilities will offer a month or two free, but that savings can often be rolled into the cost for the remaining lengths of the contract – don’t be fooled. Keep it simple: pay for what you are willing to spend and for what you need and always read the fine print for things like cancellation fees.
They can also be incredibly convenient. Regardless of proximity to your location, you may also want to consider access. Some facilities allow 24 hour access to your stuff by providing you with pass codes or keys to the facility gates or building. This is especially handy in the event that you unexpectedly need your things in the middle of the night. Many facilities will offer luggage carts, elevators, boxes and supply sales, etc. depending on the type and style of the building in order to provide an additional level of convenience.
How important is your stuff? If you are storing things that are impervious to weather, moisture, bugs, and other stuff that wouldn’t normally happen to it if stored within your cozy home then you may want to inquire about the facility’s policies on damage. Be sure to check in on their flood policies, fire prevention procedures and theft issues. If the area is known for moisture and you are storing wood, then it is probably best to move on to the next facility. Something else that does not normally occur to most folks is to ask about pests and what the facilities pest control procedures are. Again, if you are storing something that termites or rodents would like to chew on then you would want to know this before leaving your things behind.
Dwayne Ucin is a creative writer. He works under James Snow Self Storage a company providing storage services.