Self storage facilities are a business that provides storage space, sometimes called “wing cabinets,” to clients, usually on a temporary basis. Self-storage facilities are rented on a monthly or biannual basis and come in all shapes and sizes. They vary in terms of size, number of containers and security measures. Self storage facilities can be found in retail stores, office buildings, warehouse clubs, strip malls, condos, apartments, and homes. Instant Space Self Storage providers typically gather customers’ information before they make a reservation, including their name and postal code, a description of the belongings they will store, how much space is available in the unit, what services they plan to provide, whether they will store furniture and appliances, fragile or non-flammable items, and any other special requests.
Many self storage providers have limited access to their units and have parking that is limited to the lot’s parking lot. Most are protected against burglary and arson, but some may be protected from intruders with video monitoring. Some have access to keys and are able to open the doors for tenants. However, not all self-storage buildings are secure. Many have only a few covered parking spaces, and the building may not have a security guard.
Self storage units come in different shapes and sizes. Some are akin to a mini-house, having multiple rooms with a large kitchen, bathroom and stairs. Other self storage units are like a small apartment, typically renting only one large room. Self storage units may also be warehouse-style, with multiple small rooms or sections. When renting these types of self storage units, one typically has to make arrangements for a driver to pick up belongings when they arrive.
In addition to storing belongings, self storage units usually offer filing systems, inventory tracking, and on-site delivery. Self storage companies keep a detailed inventory of each customer’s belongings. The inventory system includes dimensions, pictures and a list of each item. The company then marks the items as available or for future use, according to a customer’s current schedule. This allows the individual to access the inventory system quickly and make a decision as to what to store or donate.
Climate control is another important factor when choosing a storage facility. Most climate control units feature temperature control, similar to that found in retail stores. However, climate control is often more expensive, and facilities may require an additional monthly fee. Climate control features automatic temperature regulation for both hot and cold storage units.
Most facilities offer a combination of locking options. Some have keyed and electronic locking systems. The most common combination for these systems is a keypad and electronic gate access. The lock access feature requires a security guard to unlock the door before a tenant can enter. With keyless electronic entry systems, the facility manager can set a password and unlock the door for tenants only. The combination for this system is usually random, which makes it more difficult for thieves to gain access to extra space storage.