When you’re trying to sell your home or trying to find a new place to live, it may be necessary to store some of your belongings in a storage facility. However, it can be tricky to find a facility that you can trust to protect your stuff while it’s at their location. To help you ensure that your belongings get back to you in one piece, in this article we at Thornburg & Associates, Inc. will go over three red flags to avoid when choosing a storage facility.
- Poor Online Presence- When shopping for storage facilities, it’s a good idea to start online–not just because it saves time and gas, but also because a company’s website can tell you a lot about its quality. For instance, if the facility’s website does not register as secure in your browser, it’s a bad sign, as are typos or language mistakes. In our experience here at Thornburg & Associates, Inc., if the website looks unprofessional, it’s highly likely that the company is, too.
- Lack of Professionalism- Another red flag in a storage facility is a lack of professionalism. This will show itself in a number of ways, but one of the easiest ways you can start to compare your different candidates is to give them a call and pay attention to how they speak to you on the phone. Are they professional and courteous, or do they seem rude and impatient?
- Neglected Facilities- A third red flag in a storage facility is signs of neglect. These can include things like missing or burnt-out lightbulbs, chipped or peeling paint, rust on the locks, etc. If the company can’t be bothered to properly maintain their units, why should you entrust them with your belongings?