Choosing a Storage Property

It is impossible to put a price on the sentimental value of your belongings. Sure, for most of us, the actual value of that chair or lamp is not much … but it means something to us.

Choosing a storage facility in Lubbock is an important decision. Vast improvements have been made from the days of “mom-and-pop” warehouse set-ups. Advanced security systems that include electronic security gates and numerous surveillance cameras, the addition of Dust-Controlled and Climate-Controlled units, and FREE moving trailer services make self-storage facilities much more secure and convenient than in earlier years.

There are several things to look for when shopping for a storage facility. The following tips are provided to help you make an educated decision and help ensure the safekeeping of your belongings.

  • A facility should have at least 16 video surveillance cameras. Anything less is not adequate coverage for a medium to large facility.
  • Choose a facility with solid metal or brick fences rather than chain-link fences. This will keep potential thieves from casing your unit while you load it plus provides some protection from blowing dirt.
  • Always visit the facility before renting if at all possible. Look at driveways . . . are they well kept, or full of potholes? Are they dirt and gravel or concrete/asphalt? Look for signs of water damage. What about dust build-up? Is the place well cared-for? Do the chain link fences show signs of intruders climbing over them? Are there any other customers around you could talk to? See what they think.
  • Is the facility accessible when you need access? Are gate hours liberal or are there limitations on when you can get to your belongings? Do they charge extra for 24-hour access?
  • Does the facility offer a variety of sizes so that you don’t have to pay for extra space that you don’t need?
  • Do they carry the moving supplies you are going to need for your convenience?
  • Do they take credit cards, offer long-term discounts, offer automatic credit-card billing, provide free moving trailers, etc?