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How to choose a storage unit in NYC


Choosing the right storage unit in NYC is not an easy task. Firstly, you have to visualize how much space your boxes, furniture, appliances and other belongings need. Whether you need to temporarily store your items while relocating or store them long term we are here for you. Renting a storage unit offers you an excellent and space-saving solution. A lot of moving companies in Brooklyn will offer you storage units, but your goal is to find a secure and convenient one. Continue reading our guide to find out how to choose a storage unit in NYC. There are many factors to consider so be prepared.

Make a list of all your belongings and gather them for storage

Although it seems obvious, but the first thing you have to do is to make a list of everything you need to store in storage units Brooklyn has. After your list is completed, it’s time to create a detailed plan. Pack and prepare your belongings for storage so you know how many boxes you will have. If some of the belongings do not go in boxes, such as furniture, mattresses and appliances, simply measure them. Depending on what’s on your list of items, according to the number of boxes and size of your belongings, you will know what you might ultimately need. Most full-service storage units offer a variety of storage unit sizes, however, the price will most likely be based on the number of or boxes you have. Make sure to check it with the moving company.

A man and a woman packing belongings in boxes
Before you choose a storage unit in NYC, make sure to create a list of things you will store.

Consider the location of your storage unit

The location of your storage unit is important for a few reasons: price and accessibility. If you need to access your belongings frequently, then choosing a storage unit nearby will make things much easier. However, if you are storing your items for the winter only, then location is not so crucial as the price. Sometimes, New York storage facilities are less expensive outside of urban areas, so you can find a better deal. Of course, your budget is very important when choosing a unit. Some storage units will require a minimum storage period, which will affect the price. Also, month-to-month storage options can be more affordable for you if you are not sure how long do you need it. Don’t forget to consider additional fees that movers might include, so research a lot.

Safety of your belongings is a priority

It’s extremely important to look into how secure the facility and the storage units are. As you’re researching long distance moving companies New York has, ask them about safety systems. Moreover, if you go to the facility ahead of time, look around and see if it will work for you. Depending on what type of items you’re storing, you can select a storage unit that controls the temperature. If you have any belongings that require a climate-controlled unit, this could make it more expensive. However, it will ensure that all of your items will remain in good condition, especially if you have valuable and fragile ones.

It is important to choose a storage unit in NYC according to your needs
Depending on the type of your items, you may choose climate-controlled storage units for valuable belongings.

Decide on the type of service you want

You can choose between self-service and full-service storage units. If you choose a self-storage facility, you can access your unit whenever you want, and you’ll probably have your own key and lock. A full-service facility controls access, so you have to give them a notice when you want to access your belongings. Of course everything depends on your needs. Besides, some full-service options will pick up and deliver your items, which could be ideal if you do not have a car. Self-service gives you more flexibility, but if you’re going to be in a different city for months without a need to access your stuff, full-service gives you more security.

Do you need insurance of your items?

Before storing your items in storage units, consider whether you will need insurance for them. Not only will this give you peace, but it will also help replace any items that are maybe broken or damaged while in storage. Have in mind that some storage facilities provide protection for belongings against loss or damage. Many storage units offer their own affordable insurance options as well. Before you choose a storage unit in NYC, be sure to talk more with your insurance agent about your existing policy.

A lot of boxes in a storage unit
If your belongings are valuable, you might consider insuring all of your items.

Where to find adequate storage units?

Every storage company will have its own set of rules when it comes to choosing a storage unit. To rent a storage unit, make sure to research on which storage company you want to use and which location you’d like to store your items. Then, you can visit them or talk to them on the phone. After you sign with them, they will give you a date for when you can begin loading your belongings to a storage unit. They will charge you weekly or monthly, depending on what you agreed on. Ask your friends for recommendations, look for reviews and choose the best one.

What else can you store?

Besides storing household items, some people need a storage unit for specific belongings, such as cars, RVs and motorcycles. If you need to store large items like vehicles or furniture you may need to consider renting two storage units. That is why we recommend you to make a list of all the things you want to store inside and inform the storage company. According to their availability, they will inform you if they will be able to help you out. After renting one, you will have to make plan on how to organize a storage unit. Don’t rush, take your time and try to choose a storage unit in NYC that will fulfil all of your needs.

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Frequently Asked Questions

At U.Santini Moving & Storage Brooklyn, we've earned our reputation through honesty and transparency. We're here to address all your questions and provide peace of mind as you choose our moving services in Brooklyn.

What are your working hours?

We are open from Monday to Friday, 7:30 AM–5 PM, but feel free to contact us through our contact form anytime. We'll get back to you ASAP.

Does U.Santini Moving & Storage offer insurance?

Absolutely! We offer various types of insurance to protect your belongings, including a full replacement option. The cost depends on how much your things are worth and the deductible you choose.

How soon should I schedule my move?

It's a good idea to book your moving company at least 8 weeks before your move. If you're moving during the holidays or in the summer, it's best to schedule it 12 weeks ahead. But if your move is between September and May, you can often book movers with just 2 weeks' notice. The key is to secure your moving crew as soon as you have all the details about your move.

Do you provide packing supplies?

Yes, we do. Along with the necessary boxes and packing materials for your move, we offer various 'Saver' packages tailored to the size of your home. If you don't use all the boxes you purchased, you can return them to our team after the move, and we'll refund the unused portion.

What type of storage do you offer?

At U. Santini Moving & Storage Brooklyn, we offer complete storage solutions in climate-controlled units. Our units are monitored 24/7 to keep your belongings safe, whether you need short-term or long-term storage. We even provide storage options for very short durations, including as little as 24 hours.

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