Life can change fast, and if you've had some sudden changes to your living arrangement and you need to get a storage unit, take some time to do some research. You want to pick a facility where your items are protected, and where you can easily access the items you have to pack away.

Before signing any lease, you must know the terms and you must read the fine print. Here are a few of the things that you want to know so you aren't blindsided down the road.

What Are Payment Methods and Fees?

Some businesses don't want to cover the cost to process credit card fees. If you plan on making your monthly payment via credit card, be sure you know how much this is going to be. It may be cheaper to go in or mail a check, or to pay the amount in larger lump sums to avoid the processing costs. Signing up for automatic payments may also save you money.

Is there a Value Limit?

You need to know if there is a value limit for the unit before you start filling it with your belongings. The value limit may mean that the storage facility is only responsible for covering that dollar amount if there is a natural disaster, or if someone breaks into your unit.

If this is the case, you want to get your own insurance coverage for the items you are storing. If the value limit is in place because the storage facility has concerns about the attraction of burglars, you need to find a facility that has the security, durable locks, and more to protect your items.

Early Termination Fee

Many storage facilities allow you to rent a unit month to month. If you decide to sign a year lease, there may be a termination fee. Inquire about this in advance in case you need these items for a new living arrangement and don't need the storage unit for a full year. If the cost is hefty, it may be best to rent month to month.

You want to know what your payment is, what day it is due, what additional insurance you may need for your stored items, and what you are able to put into the storage unit. Before signing any self-storage lease, get the exact details so you can make the best decision for your current storage needs. 

For more information about storage units, contact a local company.