Storage Facility Guide

Renting a storage unit for the first time can be a daunting task, but with American Way Van & Storage, finding the perfect storage solution is easy. Our team of experts is here to help you every step of the way. Whether you’re looking for a place to store your personal items or business inventory, we have you covered. Use this guide to learn everything you need to know about self storage.

What is Self Storage?

Self storage allows individuals and businesses to rent space to store their belongings. Unlike full-service storage, where the storage provider manages your items, self storage gives you full control. You can pack and arrange your unit as you please, and you have access to your belongings during the facility’s business hours.

Full-Service Storage

Full-service storage, on the other hand, provides a more hands-off approach. With full-service storage, the storage company handles the pickup, transportation, storage, and delivery of your items. This option is ideal for those who prefer a more convenient and less labor-intensive storage solution. American Way Van & Storage offers full-service storage options to meet your needs.

What Can You Store?

You can store almost anything at American Way Van & Storage, with a few exceptions. Items like furniture, appliances, electronics, clothes, and sporting equipment are welcome. However, items that are dangerous or illegal are not allowed. Always check with the facility manager to ensure your items comply with storage regulations.

Self Storage Amenities

  • Climate-Controlled Storage: Our climate-controlled units are maintained between 55 and 80 degrees, protecting your temperature-sensitive items from extreme heat and cold.
  • Commercial Storage: We offer unique business storage solutions, including warehouse spaces, workshop units, and office spaces, to accommodate small businesses and contractors.
  • Vehicle Storage: Secure storage options for cars, motorcycles, boats, RVs, trailers, and campers. Choose from indoor, outdoor, and covered outdoor storage.
  • Wine Storage: Some locations offer wine storage to keep your collections in pristine condition.
  • 24/7 Access: Access your unit at any time with 24/7 gate access (where available).
  • Storage Lockers: For smaller storage needs, our locker units provide a convenient solution.
  • Self Storage Insurance: While your belongings may be covered by homeowners or renters insurance, self storage insurance offers additional benefits.
  • Packing & Storage Supplies: Purchase moving boxes, packing supplies, locks, and more at nearby locations.
  • Extended Access Hours: Access your unit beyond office hours with extended access hours.

Understanding Storage Unit Access Types

  • Outdoor, Drive-Up Access: Conveniently accessible units where you can pull your vehicle right up to load and unload items.
  • Indoor Access: Units located within a building, offering protection from the elements and climate control options.

What’s Right for You: Full-Service vs Self Storage

Choosing between full-service and self storage depends on your needs and preferences.

Full-Service Storage:

  • Ideal for those who want a hands-off storage solution.
  • Offers convenience with pickup, transportation, and delivery services.
  • May be more expensive than self storage.

Self Storage:

  • Gives you full control over packing and organizing your unit.
  • Allows for easy access to your belongings during business hours.
  • Typically more affordable than full-service storage.

Common Reasons for Renting a Storage Unit

  • Moving: Temporary storage during a move, lease transition, or relocation.
  • Home Renovations: Temporary storage for furniture and appliances during remodeling.
  • Life Transitions: Storage for downsizing, estate management, or disaster recovery.
  • Business Storage: Storage for business vehicles, inventory, and equipment.
  • Decluttering: Storage for items you want to keep but don’t need immediately.
  • College Storage: Storage for dorm items during breaks or study abroad.
  • Apartment Living: Additional storage for apartment dwellers with limited space.
  • Military Living: Storage for military families during relocations.
  • Vehicle Storage: Storage for cars, motorcycles, RVs, and boats.

Consider factors like security, cleanliness, customer service, location, and price when choosing a facility. American Way Van & Storage offers top-notch security, clean facilities, excellent customer service, convenient locations, and affordable rates.

With American Way Van & Storage, finding the perfect storage solution is simple. Contact us today to learn more about our storage options and amenities.

Is It Genuinely Secure?

As with many companies today, storage facilities can easily tell you what you want to hear in order to gain your business. It is up to you to ask the right questions ahead of time before putting your valuables in their hands. Ask detailed, pointed questions about their security implementations. Do they have a high-quality monitoring system? Is it monitored 24 hours a day? Is there security on site to keep an eye on things? All of these questions should be answered fully by the storage facility representative before you agree to store your belongings there.

Is It Climate Controlled?

If your belongings will be in storage for a while, they’ll likely need to be kept in an environment that is steady throughout Ohio’s changing seasons. Items like furniture and electronics can be ruined if temperatures within the unit become too hot or too cold, so if the storage facility you are looking into is not climate controlled, that should be a dealbreaker.

Can It Detect Other Hazards?

Additionally, your storage facility should have working fire alarms that alert management and emergency services the second there is a fire to put it out. Losing your personal items to a storage facility fire is a horrible situation that can ideally be prevented with adequate precautions. Additionally, ask about other potential hazards and how the facility is equipped to handle them.

Call Us Today With Any Questions

At American Way Van and Storage Inc., we are passionate about the storage and transport of your special possessions. We hold ourselves to the highest standards and are fully prepared to protect your valuables. We offer state-of-the-art storage services in the Dayton, Ohio area and would be happy to speak with you about our storage or moving services. You can reach us at 937-898-7294.

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