|Self storage facilities for household
goods, furniture, cars and boat storage are businesses composed of
real estate or divided into self storage spaces that are rented to
rental space tenants on a monthly basis.
storage businesses rent a variety of rental space sizes to residential
and business customer/tenants. The rental spaces are typically secured
by the tenant's own lock and key. Facility operators do not have
casual access to the contents of the space unlike a professional
warehouseman. No bailment is created in self storage. A self storage
operator never takes possession, care, custody or control of the
contents of the storage rental space unless a lein is imposed as
provided in self storage laws for non-payment of rent. Self storage
facility operators usually provide computer-controlled access to
rental space areas and many use security cameras.
Nearly 50,000 Self Storage Facilities have been developed in the
United States on industrial and commercial land parcels of two to
10 acres or as existing buildings converted to the self storage
use. The facilities will have the term "self-storage"
or the older term "mini-storage" in the name and often
use catch words such as "lock," "key," "private,"
"public," etc. More recently, in many metropolitan cities
where competition among storage companies is fierce, better parcels
of land near residential and commercial areas are being converted
into self-storage. Moving trucks and vans may be also be available
for rent when the facility includes a truck rental franchise. A
few storage facilities allow the use of a truck for free or even
send a truck to your nearby home or business as a move-in promotion.
The storage units or rooms are typically windowless, walled with
a corrugated metal, and lockable by the renter. Chain-link fencing
or wire mesh may function as a more secure ceiling than a suspended
ceiling. Units are different sized, from small closets to enough
space to store all the contents of a multi-story house. Larger units
generally have roll-up type garage doors. A controlled access facility
may employ security guards, surveillance cameras, individual unit
door alarms and some means of electronic gate access such as a keypad
or prox card. Some facilities even use biometric thumbprint or hand
scanners to ensure that access is granted only to those that rent.
Storage In rural areas most facilities contain multiple single-story
buildings with units that open to the outside. In suburban areas
most facilities contain one or multiple one to three story buildings
using passenger & freight elevators or a materials lift to move
the goods to the upper floors. Ground floor unit access is still
direct to the outside. Urban areas self storage facilities are often
converted multi-story warehouses. Loading docks are used on the
ground floor and complimentary rolling carts or moving dollies are
used by the customers to access freight elevators that take them
to the floor their unit is on. Urban self storage facilities might
contain only a few floors in a much larger building; there are successful
self storage businesses cohabitating with light manufacturing, office
tenants and even a public school.
Customers are generally allowed to store any non-hazardous, non-toxic,
non-perishable material in the facility: personal items, furniture,
motorcycles, overstocked retail wares, etc. Industry surveys indicate
that 44% of clients are moving, 34% don't have enough space currently,
and 15% of clients are people with business needs.
Customers are prohibited from sleeping or otherwise living in the
Containers used for storage, moving and residential goods. Portable
storage containers and company delivery trucks are personal property,
not "real estate" property, the definition of self storage
facilities in state self storage facility acts. Storage containers
are delivered to customers' residence and the customer loads and
packs their own container which is delivered to a central warehouse
for later customer access.
Cold Storage and Climate-controlled Storage
Self storage facilities offer climate controlled spaces to allow
storage of wines, antiques and other various items. Some facilities
use air conditioning and heating. The storage industry requires
that temperatures are between 40°F and 90°F. Some self storage
buildings are naturally climate-controlled. A cold storage facility
provides rooms with very low temperature suitable for the storage
of perishable items like meat and vegetables. Many of these storage
facilities were used before door-to-door cold transportation became
formal public self storage areas can be found in locker rooms, cloak
rooms, luggage areas, train stations, amusement parks and airports.
Usually an attendant or an automated vending machine to collect
the fee and control access, or it may simply require dropping a
few coins into a slot to allow a key to be removed locking a compartment.
Find storage facilities and units for rent on a month-to-month
basis for as long as you need. Facilities offer secure and safe
storage with security guards, surveillance cameras, individual unit
door alarms and electronic gate access and computer-controlled access.
Self-storage units are available for furniture, cars, boats, perishable
goods, commercial items, relocation and short term, portable units
and discounts for extended rentals. A self-storage unit will keep
possessions safe and in good shape. Proper packing and storing can
allow many items to be stored in a relatively small place.
Large Units for Vehicle, Boat and RV Storage
- Temperature Controlled Cold Storage for perishable goods
- Climate-Controlled Storage for moisture sensitive Items
- Container and Pod Storage for easy packing and moving
- Data, File, Record, Media and Archival safe storage
- Seasonal storage for short term and long-term rentals
- Furniture and Fixture Storage for large and small items
- 24-access storage facility for easy and frequent access
- Small Units and Mini Storage Facilities and Units
- Warehouse, Garage and Extended storage
- Discount and Low Rates Rentals
- Moving, Packing and Rentals Services
- Boxes, Tape and Packing Supplies
- Hand Trucks, Rolling Carts and Forklifts
- Video Monitoring Surveillance Security
Storage & Climate-Controlled Storage
Climate controlled and cold storage facilities require units to
have temperatures that are between 40°F and 90°F. Climate-controlled
buildings are suitable for various perishable items with very low
temperatures. Controlled air conditioning and heating as well as
naturally climate-controlled facilities provide rooms that are suitable
for the storage of wine and various items. Heat-sensitive goods
such as videotapes, albums, photographs and wood furniture are best
stored in a climate-controlled storage room.
Car, Boat and RV Storage
Auto, boat, motorcycle and RV storage facilities contain multiple
single-story buildings with units that open to the outside. Larger
units have roll-up type garage doors. These storage facilities are
spaces that are rented to tenants on a monthly basis and offer seasonal
or year round access.
and Portable Storage Facilities
Portable Storage Facilities and Containers are used for moving and
various home and business needs. They are delivered to a residence
or business. The containers are loaded and packed by you and delivered
to a central warehouse for later access.
Self Storage Tips:
Wrap and label breakable "FRAGILE"
Pack smaller objects in boxes
List contents of boxes on all four sides
Fill box with heaviest items on the bottom
your boxes in uniform sizes
Drain any fluids prior to storage
Use high quality and secure locks
Prevent mildew with dehumidifiers
Store furniture on boards or pallets
Cover mattresses and store flat
Store tabletops and sofas on end
Cover and treat wood surfaces
space between wall and items for ventilation
Make up an inventory of your stored items
Wash blankets, draperies, and clothing
Pack books flat, not standing on end
Place photographs them between cardboard
Keep refrigerator doors slightly ajar
Create a center aisle for access to all items