How to go about choosing a Self-Storage Unit and Facility that suits your needs.

Shortage of storage space seems to be a common problem in many households and business.  No matter how much storage we already have; clever and effective use of cabinets, walls and staircases to maximize space can only go so far, and inevitable there is always a need for more places to stash our stuff.

If you’re finding that a lack of space is becoming a problem, it might be time to consider renting a self-storage unit. Self-storage is an excellent option for storing overflow of many different types of items from your home or business. You can think of your storage unit as a second garage or business supply room.

Whether it’s temporary or long term, self-storage units provide hassle free and instantly accessible solutions for a variety of needs.

Making the decision

Once you’ve made the decision that self-storage is the ideal solution to your storage needs, you need to establish what size of unit is best for you or your company. While you may want to get this over and done with quickly, it’s well worth the effort to consider not only what size unit will best suit your situation and needs, but also the facilities offered by the storage facility.

Here at Think Secure Storage our goal is to provide you with a stress-free experience, the best customer service and assistance, and a smile on your face. Let’s be honest, packing and moving is never going to be enjoyable, however, if you take into consideration a few of the following tips you can avoid some possible regrets.

Know what you’re going to store

Do a thorough inventory check of all the items you plan to store. Once you have your itemised list, it will give you a clear idea of the type and size of unit you will need. If you need some extra help and guidance to calculate and select your storage unit size, we are happy to assist.  Remember that you’ll need space to move around inside your unit and perhaps do some work, so allow for plenty of access to your contents and don’t clutter up your storage unit. Nobody wants to have to constantly unpack and repack everything every time they need something.

Pack carefully, spending the time to pack properly can keep you from wasting a lot of space – in turn, meaning you can rent a smaller storage unit – and make it a lot easier to find specific items when you need them again.

 Next on your checklist should be proximity

How often you’ll need to access your goods is another important factor to consider. Sometimes a little extra travel time can be a worthwhile trade-off when it comes to the quality and security of the storage facility you choose in Cape Town. If your items are valuable or prized possessions, quality should top the perceived convenience of a sub-par site.

Check security

Good security and monitoring are vital. If you’re going to the trouble of storing your belongings, they are obviously important to you or your business and making sure there is more than adequate security at a storage facility is vital.

At Think Secure not only are we here to help you store your valuable belongings safely and conveniently in one of our storage units. We want you to have peace of mind knowing your possessions are completely safe, because we take security very seriously. All your security storage questions are answered here.

Access Times

How often, and at what time of the day or night do you need to access your storage? Many facilities offer 7-day, 24-hour access. At Think Secure Storage in Parklands, all our storage units are located in a secure warehouse, which is locked and alarmed overnight with 24-hour security camera coverage. We are open 7 days a week for convenience, and you are free to access your storage any time between 8am and 5pm Mon – Fri, 8am to 2pm on weekends and 8am to 1pm on public holidays. Be assured that any time our storage facility is open, our friendly staff are on hand to assist you.

Cleanliness

A good indicator of the quality of a storage facility is the strength of their security. The same goes for cleanliness. If a storage facility doesn’t take pride in the appearance of their facility, what value will they place on the goods you are storing?

Simple things like maintained grounds, paintwork, cobweb and dust removal show are some of the basics that will show you the storage facility cares about making a good impression, and this will carry over to the care they take in looking after your possessions while in storage. At Think Secure Storage Self Storage, we encourage potential clients to visit us before making a decision, so we can take the time to show you around. You will see the importance we place in our presentation, and of course the care we take in storage your belongings.

Obey the rules

All storage facilities have restrictions on what they will allow you to store on their premises, whether for business or personal purposes. As a rule, any item or material that is flammable, combustible, corrosive, toxic or considered dangerous will not be allowed. This is for the protection of not just you and your belongings, but for the safety of our facility staff and other customers and their goods. At Think Secure you will be required to sign a lease indicating that you understand and agree to adhere to the rules and restrictions for what items are allowable.

Insurance Cover

In a perfect world, we would never need to think about the unthinkable. But despite all our best efforts sometimes things do go wrong. As rare as this may be, it is worth considering insuring your belongings while in storage. After all, “If it’s worth storing, it’s worth insuring”. We strongly suggest you inform your insurance provider of the address at which your goods will be stored.

Payment Options

Self-Storage in Cape Town is all about convenience. This should extend to invoicing and payments. Always verify that your chosen facility provides a wide range of payment options. Cash, Mastercard, Direct Deposit either online or in person.

For more information specific to Think Secure Storage, visit our Frequently Asked Questions section will be sure to have the answers to any further details you need to consider. If you can’t find what you’re looking for there, one of our Customer Service representatives will be more than happy to help you out.