What Storage Service Options Are Available to Me?
Professional storage services have gone through an evolutionary process over the past 30 years. The industry has gone from a place behind a locked gate and door to a comprehensive security solution for extra belongings.
It wasn’t unusual for a storage business to require your consent to enter the rented unit, eliminating all privacy measures. That made it almost impossible to store valuable goods.
It also increased damage risks to the items stored in the unit. You’ll find in 2020 and beyond with professional storage services a set of choices to consider. The industry now offers several solutions to meet more of your unique needs. If you need storage services today, please contact us at (212) 321-3976.
Types of Storage Facilities Available Today
Although some providers don’t offer every storage service option, a wide variety of options is available at most properties. Here are the types to review.
1. Basic Storage Unit
This option provides essential storage needs. It provides a place for item storage with less confidentiality or privacy options. Most units have a single lock that you access with a key provided by the facility, with access often limited to regular business hours. You may have the option to add a personal padlock to the door after storing your belongings.
The benefit of this choice is its price. If you need something fast and temporary near your home, it may be a viable solution.
2. Secured Storage Unit
With this storage option, you’ll have less risk of external theft when you need extra room for your belongings. The actual setup varies by what each provider believes to be the primary security concerns for their location, which means you may see one or several of these protective measures in place.
- Alarm Systems
- Armed Security Guards
- Biometric Card Systems
- CCTV Cameras
Some units may offer Internet or phone access. Most facilities provide around-the-clock access to your belongings with this selection. The property may be open-access during regular business hours, only instituting the protective measures after locking up for the day.
3. Climate-Controlled Storage Units
Your belongings maintain value when they receive access to climate-controlled environments. That’s why they perform well in your home.
When you place these items in a storage unit with nothing but a protective door and some walls, temperature and humidity extremes could adversely impact the things you store.
Choosing a climate-controlled unit replicates a home-like environment. It is the preferred option for storing collectibles, essential documents, jewelry vehicles, boats, and similar items. Most facilities with this option use upgraded HVAC systems to filter away potential contaminants to ensure a positive experience occurs.
4. Dry Guard Storage Units
Some regions of the United States can get quite humid during the summer months. This issue creates higher moisture levels inside a storage unit, potentially damaging to sensitive electronics and your other belongings through mold or mildew development. Storage units with this technology dehumidify the air.
It reduces corrosion risks, protects wooden furniture, and prevents pests from being attracted to your belongings.
5. Active Deterrent Storage Units
The presence of a security camera can deter theft effectively. Biometric solutions enhance this outcome. When you have white-glove items that require temporary or long-term storage, you need more than a passive deterrent. Active deterrents may include armed security guards 24/7, constant CCTV camera monitoring, and restricted entry.
That final option means that no one gets into the facility unless they have an authorized need to be there. That means only you have access to your unit, making it a practical way to store your most valuable items.
6. Mobile Storage Units
Portable storage units are a convenient way to have extra space at home without transporting items to a separate facility. Although this option isn’t available in all areas, some companies will move these “pods” for you when filled to a more traditional property. It saves time, but this product cannot be climate-controlled and may be prone to leaking.
7. Outdoor Storage Units
If you cannot keep an RV, boat, or trailer at your property because of HOA rules, city regulations, or spatial needs, this option is a low-cost and practical way to keep items safe. You park the vehicle behind a gated fence, with security guards or cameras present to monitor the property.
Some facilities provide block heaters during cold weather to preserve your investment. With temporary and long-term professional storage solutions available in NYC, Expo Movers can help you find an answer to your problem. Contact us today, and we will be happy to assist you in whatever way possible.