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Common storage questions: How do I use self-storage? What size storage unit do I need? What kind of lock should I get for my self-storage unit? Do I need a reservation or can I just walk in and rent a space? Do I need climate-control storage?

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How safe are storage facilities?

The safety of a storage facility will depend on factors like the location of the facility and amenities such as security cameras and electronic gates. The best thing you can do to protect your belongings at the storage facility is to purchase insurance for your items and a sturdy lock for the unit. We recommend disc locks (or cylinder locks) for the highest level of protection against potential break-ins.

You can also use SpareFoot to view and compare safety factors between facilities. Read customer testimonials from tenants who rented at the facility to help you make an informed decision. If you’d like to see the unit in person before actually paying and moving in, feel free to hold the unit with SpareFoot, online or by phone. Remember, it’s completely free to book and free to cancel!

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What kind of lock should I get for my self-storage unit?

The best type to get is a disc lock (also known as a disc tumbler lock). They’re regarded as the most reliable locks to put on a storage door, as their design makes them incredibly difficult to pick. Disc locks resemble hockey pucks and can be found at any hardware store.

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What is “fenced + lighted”?

The facility has a fence enclosing its premises and is well lit. Facilities on SpareFoot with this feature will included the “Fenced + lighted” designation under their “Features” section.

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What is “video surveillance”?

This feature means that the facility will have cameras throughout the property to monitor the safety of your belongings.

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What is “gate access”?

A facility with gate access will have a gated entrance that requires a code for entry (provided by the facility). This will often be the only way you can access your storage unit.

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