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Questions to ask a self-storage company in Spain

If you are looking for a self-storage company in Spain, make sure you ask as many questions as you need to before committing to any deal.

Ask the right questions in order to make the best decision on a self-storage facility that will meet your requirements. Whether you are storing your household goods or simply need extra storage space for your office or business, making an informed choice at the start can save you headaches later on.

Size matters! Especially when you are looking at placing things that are valuable enough to pay for storage. Self-storage units come in a variety of sizes, so the first thing you need to find out is the size of the units available at a particular facility. Picking the wrong size unit can either cause you headaches on the day your moving things in or be uneconomical if what you're storing is much smaller than the unit size.

If you're still not sure, make an appointment with the self-storage facility manager to come and view the options available. As a double check to your own assessment, ask the manager what size unit they recommend. It is best to take along a floor plan/size estimate of your items so the manager can help you decide on the size you need.

The levels of security in different self-storage facilities differ. This may be because they specialise in the types of goods they store. The level of security that you need for your household belongings and goods will also differ depending on their value (both sentimental and replacement cost). Ask the manager of the self-storage facility what their security arrangements are for the facility as a whole along with the individual units.

You can also check to see if you can add your own security, such as padlocks to the unit. Lastly, ask who will have access to the units and if the facility can also gain access (in an emergency) which personnel would hold the key or access information.

Whether your self-storage needs are short or long-term, the costs will need to fit your budget. Some factors that will impact on the costs at each self-storage facility are size of the unit, security of the unit and facilities and whether or not the unit is climate controlled. Each contributing factor that adds to the cost should be balanced against the amount of goods you need to store, value of the goods and level of risk your willing to accept during the storage.

Ask about:

Costs for each size of unit available, if you require more than one unit will the facility offer you a discount? Check to see if two smaller units are more economical than one larger unit. Are there different costs for climate controlled units?

Short and long term rates, also if you can rollover and reduce costs if your goods are stored longer than expected

Are there any costs for accessing the facilities? Are there any extra costs for accessing the facilities after hours?

Is insurance covered in the lease or do you need to buy a separate insurance policy? If insurance is included check the fine print to ensure it covers events such as fire, floods and natural disasters.

Does the storage facility offer moving services as well? Will this reduce the overall costs of storing your goods?

If you are looking for self-contained storage on the Costa del Sol, Spain, uStore-it offers facilities in La Linea, Duquesa Port and Manilva.