What to pay attention to when searching for cheap storage?

Hiring moversFebruary 17, 2019

Finding storage units Columbus Ohio is hard enough as it is if you don’t know how to look. And finding cheap ones is even harder. Not only do you have to find a storage company that offers cheap storage units, but you need to make sure that they are good enough for you to use. Furthermore, you need to know how to evaluate the storage company itself and you need to prepare your items so that they are as safe as possible while in storage. Well, since there is so much that we have to go through, and here at Zippy Shell Greater Columbus Moving and Storage we don’t like wasting time, we better get started.

Using google to find cheap storage Columbus Ohio
In order to find cheap storage units Columbus Ohio, you need to know how to look and prepare your items properly.

How to look for cheap storage units Columbus Ohio

Looking for storage units is quite similar to looking for a car. If you get an expensive one you can be pretty sure that it is going to be good. And as the cost comes down so does the guarantee of quality. Now, if you know what you are looking for and you know what to pay attention to, you can find good quality at a low price. But, you need to be quite attentive and follow certain guidelines in order to make this work.

Look locally

Start looking for your cheap storage units Columbus Ohio locally. Go online and see what are the closest storage companies that you can find. The reason for working with local storage companies is that they will be much cheaper from the get-go. If you need to visit them or move stuff in you will have to spend less time and fuel to get there. Plus, if the company also does relocation and you want them to move your items, they will cost you much less money. Most movers charge by the hour, and it takes much less time to relocate someone when they are in the neighborhood.

Figure out which storage is best for you

Once you check out you local movers you need to figure out which storage solution is right for you. Besides deciding which storage unit to use, you will need to figure out a payment plan and see if there are any special storage options. For instance, storage pods Columbus Ohio can be much more useful for some relocations than using regular storage. But, you can only know which options there are if you do your homework and talk with the storage company. There is no way to find reliable and cheap storage units Columbus Ohio if you do not do a bit or research.

Talking with storage company representative
Talk with your storage company in order to know what services they provide and to figure out if they are legit.

Get multiple estimates

How much should a storage unit cost? Well, there is no ultimate answer. Many factors go into figuring out how much storage unit costs. Therefore, you need to talk with multiple storage companies in order to figure out what is fair to pay and what you can consider cheap. This way you will get familiar with the whole process of figuring out the storage cost and you might even think of clever ways to lower it. Furthermore, having multiple estimates helps you avoid moving scam. It is one thing for a storage company to offer cheap storage units Columbus Ohio. But is completely another thing for them to offer something that is nowhere near to the competition. Those “services” usually just scam that gullible people fall for.

Check out the facilities

And finally, before you settle on a storage company, you need to make sure that they are legit. Go to Better Business Bureau’s website and find out if the company is registered. Some companies may be legit and unregistered for numerous reasons, but you should avoid them if you are looking for cheap storage units Columbus Ohio. Another benefit of working with local companies is that you can ask around your neighborhood to see if anyone else has worked with them. An honest review from a neighbor is worth a hundred times more than an online review.

Safeguards for cheap storage

Besides figuring out if the storage company is legit, there are some things you should also do. These things will help increase the safety of your stored items. You should do them regardless of the cost of your storage. But, the cheaper your storage is the more you need to include these steps.

Choose your items carefully

Just because you can pack something doesn’t mean that you can put it in storage. Before you utilize cheap storage units Columbus Ohio, you need to know which items are safe to store. Living things, such as plants or animals do not belong in any storage unit, no matter the cost. Perishable things like food do not belong is storage as they can easily rot. Overall, avoid placing anything that requires supervision, as cheap storage units are rarely supervised.

Food doesn't belong in storage units
Food can easily rot which will not only destroy your storage unit but even the neighboring ones.

Proper Packing

You cannot expect your items to survive storage without proper packing. Luckily there are numerous online guides that can guide you through the entire process. But, in essence, what you need to keep in mind is that your packing is what will save your items. Make sure to use high-quality materials and to label your boxes. Even if you have to spend some money on it, it will be quite worth it. Too many items have been ruined simply because their owners could not be bothered to pack them correctly.

Insurance

Finally, you are going to need to have insurance. Most storage units usually come with standard storage insurance. But, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t look into it. Figure out if the insurance conditions are clear and whether you can find better insurance by going to a third party. As we have mentioned before, in order to utilize cheap storage units Columbus Ohio properly, you need to do some research.

 

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