In a previous blog, Affordable Family Storage looked at what to look for in a good storage facility. But, if you’re new to keeping items in storage, would you know how to spot a bad one? Are there any warning signs or red flags to let you know that you should avoid a particular storage facility?
As a leading storage provider in Council Bluffs, IA, Affordable Family Storage is more than happy to help you be informed before you lock up your belongings. In this blog, we look at a few things to watch out for to know if a storage facility is right for you.
The last thing you want is your stuff getting moldy or rotten while it’s in storage. So when you’re checking out a storage facility, signs of mold or damp should be one of the first things you check for. Most of the telltale signs are obvious – dark blotches and spots, usually in corners, a musty, distinctive smell, and signs of indoor condensation inside a unit. Any of this show that a storage unit is not properly insulated, sealed or cared for, and the longer your things are in there, the more they are likely to get moldy.
Even if you’ve found what looks to be the perfect storage facility, if there’s no security, it’s no good. If you don’t see signs of tight security like cameras or other monitoring equipment, armed alarms, and heavy-duty locks, it’s best to steer clear.
On a similar note, you need to be able to ask the staff questions and get fast answers. If you’re having a hard time getting in touch with the storage provider, or they seem unsure or unwilling to answer questions you have, you might want to find somewhere else. With unhelpful or unfocused staff, you might be risking loss, theft or damage to your stored items. You’ll also have a much harder time relaxing about keeping your stuff in a storage unit.
Any good storage unit comes with a few extras to make moving your stuff in an out much easier. Dollies for hauling heavy household items and blankets for covering items are just a couple of examples. A storage space without any of these amenities is probably going to be lacking in other areas, too.
With all of this negativity, you’d be forgiven if you were a little put off the idea of keeping your valuables in a storage facility. Luckily for you, there’s Affordable Family Storage. We understand how important your things are to you, and we’re dedicated to keeping them safe. With secure, modern facilities and units, not to mention great customer service, you can be sure your things are taken care of. Whether you’re storing smaller or bigger, fewer or more items, contact our 24-hour storage rental team today.