Before signing a contract at a self storage facility, you want to be aware of the details and the type of information that might be presented to you. It is important to read any storage contract in its entirety before signing it, especially the small print.
Here are some things to be aware of before you are presented with the contract:
Be sure to inspect your space before signing the contract, as it is yours once you sign the lease. If you find vermin, dirt, or leaks after you sign your contract, it is too late. Be sure to note any damages you find on your contract so you are not paying for them later. If the damages you find are major, don't be afraid to request a different storage unit or go to another storage facility.
Most self storage facilities will let you use vehicles and equipment to move your items for free, but you'll want to read this information very carefully. They may only be offered for free until a certain date. Following that date, you might be charged very high rates for mileage and the time you use the equipment and/or vehicle. You may also have the option to have someone help you pack or move your things, which also is not free. Be sure not to agree to either someone helping or vehicle/equipment rental unless you know the exact cost and have it in writing.
Many self-storage facilities require you to have insurance before you can rent a storage unit. Some facilities will offer their own policies, but those usually do not offer deductibles and have higher rates and lower coverage. It is preferable to insure your self storage unit through an independent self-storage insurance agency or private insurance company.
When renting a self storage unit, it is important to read the contract in its entirety. Some facilities may let you take home a sample contract before renting, so don't be afraid to ask for one. If you prepare and take your time reading the contract, the process of signing the contract will be much easier and you will have much less anxiety.
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