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How to Choose a Self Storage Facility

dak_self_storageSo you’ve recently made the decision to rent a self storage unit. Now you just need to choose a self storage center. We’ve compiled the most frequently asked questions from first-time renters here at DAK Self Storage for you to ask when choosing your self storage center.

If you are local, we’ve included the answers for prospective DAK renters. DAK is located in Leesport, PA, great for residents of Berks County, Reading, Fleetwood, and surrounding towns. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any more questions!

How Accessible is the unit?

Most self storage centers are not open 24 hours a day, so make sure you find out when your unit will be accessible.

For example, DAK is open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week.

leesport storage rentalHow accessible is the staff?

Find out if the facility is locally-owned and how helpful staff are. One way to find out is to call your facility and find out if the customer service representative is on premises or answering from a call center in another time zone.

How are customer reviews?

Take the time to google the self storage center and find out how customers feel about it. Check Angie’s List, Yelp, and social media pages to get a feel for the place.

How secure are the units?

No self storage facility can guarantee perfect security, but there are multiple measures they can take to deter potential foul play. A quality self storage center will have security cameras, 24/7 surveillance, perimeter fencing, and a well-lit facility.

Our security efforts include:

  • Fence enclosed facility
  • Units accessible by keypad gate only, during operating hours
  • 24/7 video surveillance system that uses over 20 cameras
  • Every storage unit protected by a tamper resistant lock
  • Additional keypad access on indoor units

cylinder locks self storageIs there a minimum rental period?

Rental agreements are generally on a month-to-month basis without a long-term commitment. Make sure to confirm this with your self storage center and read your contract carefully.

What will fit in each storage unit?

Choose your unit size based on the type and amount of items you will be storing. Keep in mind that price goes up with size and not all unit sizes may be available at any given time.

Here are the breakdowns of four popular storage sizes, so you can get an idea of how much each will fit:

  • 5′ x 5′ (25 sq. ft.): Approximately the size of a small sofa. Great for boxes, small items, lamps, garden tools, and seasonal decorative items.
  • 5′ x 10′ (50 sq. ft.):Approximately the size of two sofas. Great for boxes and small furniture.
  • 10′ x 15′ (150 sq. ft.): Approximately the size of three bedroom sets. Great for large items such as pianos and workout equipment.
  • 10′ x 20′ (200 sq. ft.):Approximately the size of five very large bedroom sets. Great for bulky items such as washers, dryers, and living room furniture.

How much does storage cost?

There are many factors that contribute to the price of self storage, including storage unit size, facility location, and unit availability. Costs can vary greatly at different self storage centers.

We strive to keep costs affordable at DAK. Current outdoor units rates range from $38 to $95 per month, depending on size. Climate-controlled indoor unit rates range from $49 to $151 per month, depending on size.

Is storage insurance required?

Find out if the facility requires you have insurance for your items and if they offer an affordable option. Even if insurance is not required, it is generally a good idea to purchase it just in case, especially if you plan to store valuable items.

When and how do I pay my bill?

Make sure you know when and how you are expected to pay your bill. Most self storage facilities charge rent monthly, as is the case at DAK.

We accept payment in-person (cash, check, and credit card), through the mail (cash and check), or online (credit card only).

1 Comment
  1. I like that you mentioned that a good storage facility will have security cameras. If I am going to be leaving my stuff somewhere, I want it to be as secure as possible. My wife and I are planning on using a storage facility for our things while we travel this summer. I will have to be on the lookout for the most secure facilities.

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