If you need to store your belongings in a secure, accessible location then you are probably looking into self storage units. However, there are many different options and variations within the wide category of storage units. This can make the entire process of selecting the right storage unit very difficult and confusing. To help you out, here is a list of features that you should consider:


Your biggest concern will probably be the size of the unit. You'll want to fit all your furniture and possessions with some excess space for navigating through the container. In some cases, price will be proportionally related to the size of the unit, but this is not always true. Some units might be much more expensive for a slight increase in size, while others might be substantially more cost effective if you buy a larger unit.

When looking at storage units, you should buy a unit that is larger than the total volume of objects that you plan to store. You will want some space in case you need to add something else to your unit and you don't want to pack everything in there extremely tightly if you have any intention of accessing the storage unit in the near future. On the other hand, if you never intend to open the unit except to add items or move the entire contents, then packing all your possessions into an inaccessible mass might be a good idea.


Most storage unit businesses offer some form of security, but the quality can vary drastically. Some establishments might have a camera or two and basic locks on each unit. Others might opt for keypads and cameras covering the entrances to all the units. In the most expensive storage units, you might find cameras inside the storage unit as well as advanced locks, such as fingerprint or retinal scanners.

You should carefully consider how much security you need for your storage unit. A container full of old books and furniture probably doesn't need top of the line security measures. Similarly, you don't really want to risk storing a large amount of jewelry or other valuables in a storage unit that isn't even covered by a security camera.


Finally, you will need to determine whether you need a container with a specialized conditions, such as climate control. If you need to store items at a certain temperature, such as very old books, then you will definitely want to keep an eye out for containers that offer such a feature.