New Yorkers know that when living space becomes cramped due to an overabundance of stuff, it’s not always an affordable option to find a bigger place to live. Self-storage is an easy solution to add more square footage to one’s lifestyle. According to the Better Business Bureau Serving Metropolitan New York, a little research and planning can help save money and avoid unpleasant surprises for self-storage users.
Renting a self-storage unit is a convenient way to store furnishings temporarily when moving or renovating a home, or if hobby or sports equipment is taking up too much space. Some consumers may think fitting their belongings into the rented space will be their biggest challenge. But another pitfall that consumers may not have considered is the possibility of damage to, or loss of, their property at the chosen facility.
Destructive events like a flood or fire, or even property theft or pest infestation, can ruin or wipe out the contents of a storage unit. The results of such a catastrophe can be devastating and expensive, especially if the consumer doesn't have the appropriate insurance to cover the loss of the possessions.
According to the Self Storage Association, 10.85 million or 9.5% of U.S. households rented a self-storage unit in 2013, and there are approximately 49,000 such facilities in the U.S. at this time. Before making the commitment to house one's belongings at a self-storage facility, Metro NY BBB recommends doing your homework, offering these tips to help protect the value of your property:
Before choosing a self-storage facility, check out the company’s Business Profile at newyork.bbb.org to help find a trustworthy business.
For more than 100 years, Better Business Bureau has been helping consumers find businesses, brands and charities they can trust. In 2016, people turned to BBB more than 170 million times for BBB Business Profiles on more than 5.2 million businesses and Charity Reports on 11,000 charities, all available for free at bbb.org. The Council of Better Business Bureaus is the umbrella organization for 106 regional, independent BBBs across North America, as well as home to its national programs on dispute resolution and industry self-regulation. The BBB Serving Metropolitan New York was founded in 1922. Please visit newyork.bbb.org or bbb.org for more information.