So you're going through your house and you notice that your closets, attic, and dressers are brimming with things you know don't fit anymore. Are you ready to accept that you need self storage in your life? Because if you are, Smart Self Storage is here to help. Not only do we offer a knowledgeable on-site property manager, safety options like individually alarmed units, and 24-hour digital surveillance, we also offer units that are made to fit your long-term or short-term needs.
There are so many self storage unit options available to you. Depending on what your exact storage needs are picking the perfect unit for you can take time. Should you get a 12 X 30 unit? Ground floor unit? 5 X 10 unit? The options Smart Self Storage offers can match whatever storage needs you may have.
But two categories you're going to be given at Smart Self Storage are whether you want a drive-up or an interior hallway unit. These two options offer a wide array of unit sizes to choose from. But there are also many pros and cons to each option. Like, maybe you have a huge TV and dresser you need to store but the interior unit you rented makes it a little harder to get your items in your unit. Or your drive-up unit ends up being a little too big for the things you have stored in it and you end up paying more for space you don't need.
Following are a few other things you should also consider before you decide on an interior or drive-up unit.
First, we'll start with interior units. Interior units have a lot of benefits. Storing items in an interior unit is much like storing items in a walk-in closet or spare bedroom. They're a more budget-friendly option for people looking to store just a few boxes or seasonal items that they don't want taking up space at home. They are also great because they're inside. If it's raining you don't have to worry about going through your stored items in less than ideal weather. You can take all the time you need to go through boxes in a climate-controlled environment without raindrops splashing you and your stuff through an open door.
Likewise, if you have to retrieve something from your unit after dark you don't have to worry about visibility. You also should consider whether the items you're putting in storage are sensitive to the elements, if they are you're better off getting an interior unit than a drive-up unit. Interior units offer hallways and cover, they are protected from the elements as you're moving items in and out.
However, there are a few drawbacks to an interior unit. For one, you can't just drive up and go into your unit. You have to walk through the hallways in order to find your unit. If you have larger items it may be harder to get them through the door, hallways, and around corners as well. You also have to consider that carrying heavy items might not be so easy or convenient through the hallways. Luckily, Smart Self Storage offers carts for use in case of heavy or bulky items that need moving. That way you don't have to worry about straining yourself getting your items into and out of your unit.
Now let's take a look at drive-up units. Drive-up units are especially ideal if you're looking to store extra large items like cars, seasonal items like snow mobiles, or a large number home items if you're in between homes or remodeling. They are also super easy to access. You can conveniently drive up to your unit and unload or load up your items with ease without having to worry about going down multiple hallways and hauling a cart around. There's no need to strain your arms carrying around heavy boxes or equipment. Simply drive up and drop off.
If you frequently access your unit a drive-up unit is the best option for you. You'll be able to get in and out easier than with an interior unit. If you happen to live in an apartment or in a home without a garage, a drive-up unit makes a great substitute. It has plenty of space to store the items you would normally store in a large garage, like lawn mowers or other yard tools, gardening supplies, and seasonal decorations.
Drive-up units are much larger than interior units so storing furniture and more items is a lot easier than it is with an interior unit. If you have a motorcycle, extra car, or even a small boat drive-up store is perfect for you.
Keep in mind that there are a few drawbacks including exposure to weather elements. This exposure includes you when you're trying to find items when it's 40 degrees outside and raining. You and your items are in close proximity with the outside world. The same can be said if it's boiling outside. Just be prepared to get a little sweaty. Some items do not do well in extreme heat or cold temperatures. Extreme temperatures could cause damage like cracked wooden furniture or warping.
You also need to consider pesky little insects that you could find at home in your garage making their home in your drive-up unit. Small bugs, spiders, and other creepy crawlers may find your belongings and cause you to find them in places you don't want to find them.
Conclusion: Both Are Great
At Smart Self Storage, we take incredible pride in providing pristine, amazing facilities. Our facilities are modern and beautiful. Our customer service is unparalleled. Whether you choose to go with a drive-up or interior unit, we are certain you will be pleased with your decision. We promise to be upfront about your unit and help you find a unit that exceeds your expectations.
About the Author: Lark Begin is the president of Profit Parrot Marketing; an SEO marketing, content and social media company in the Ottawa area. Lark is well established in the realm of digital marketing and is dedicated to helping multiple professional local and international websites and brands grow an online presence and succeed.