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3 factors to keep in mind when choosing a secure self-storage facility
August 31, 2021 at 7:00 AM
3 factors to keep in mind when choosing a secure self-storage facility

Whether it’s because you have too much stuff for the size of your home, belongings that you need out of the way, or some things that needs to be stowed away, a storage unit is a great solution. However, it’s not uncommon to find a storage facility that puts much of the onus on the renter to keep their belongings safe and secure. At Reliable Storage, we believe we have more to offer to ensure that you’re confident in our secure self-storage facility. In fact, we’ve put together a short list of things that you should keep in mind when choosing a self-storage facility.


Anytime you have a shelter of some kind that doesn't see frequent foot traffic, you’re at risk of rats, mice, and other pests moving in. This is especially true in places that are allowed to get dirty and dusty as pests can easily build nests that aren’t disturbed. When it comes to a storage facility, there are plenty of places that rodents and pests can find to forage for materials to build a nest. Finding a clean storage facility goes beyond ensuring that your belongings don’t get dirty and dusty while in storage, but also kept safe from the threat of rodents. Ask the facility manager what they do to ensure that rodents don’t move in and take over your unit.


When you’re storing your belongings away from your home, it’s important that you feel that they’re secure. Every self-storage facility should have security at the top of its priorities. This includes a laundry list of items that include fencing, cameras, and access codes.

If you want to be extra cautious, you can even look at the security of the individual units. It’s not uncommon for storage facilities to leave space between the walls of your unit and the roof. This can help to keep air flowing through the building in the case of climate-controlled units or simply keep them from getting too musty. Although, it can also compromise security. Consider how high the walls go relative to the ceiling as too large of a gap might put you at risk for intruders.


No matter what kind of items you have in storage, it’s nice to feel like you have access to them. It’s not uncommon for self-storage facilities to put restrictions on gate access and limit the times of day that you’re able to come onto the property. This means that you’ll likely have to plan a day or two before going to your storage unit to make sure that you get to the gate when you have access. While limited gate access provides you with an added measure of security, it can also be a major inconvenience. Consider a facility that offers 24-hour access so you can get to your stuff when you want it.

Get in touch to learn more

If you’re looking for a secure self-storage facility, reach out to our team at Reliable Properties to learn more about what sets us apart from others in our business. We believe that you should have access to your belongings at all times so we offer 24-hour secure gated access. Additionally, we take pride in our facilities and work hard to keep them in great condition.

We have four secure self-storage locations where you can safely store your belongings. Give us a call at 518-496-7867 and our team can help you reserve a unit. If you’d like, you can also send your inquiries via our online contact form.