Storage Snapshots: Photography Equipment
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Storage Snapshots: Photography Equipment

When I launched my photography business, I knew that I needed more space than I had at home. That's when I decided to rent a local storage unit to keep my studio gear organized. I spent a lot of time researching backdrops, staging, racks, and storage tips to keep all of my gear organized and protected when I wasn't shooting. With so many photographers looking for ways to expand their operations, I decided to share my storage tips so that I could possibly help others with their needs. I hope the information here makes it easier for you to organize your equipment and grow your studio.

Storage Snapshots: Photography Equipment

The First-Timer's Questions About Renting A Storage Unit

Brian Hamilton

There comes a time in most people's lives when they need to rent a storage unit. Sometimes, the storage unit is a place to keep items that you no longer have room for at home. Other times, it's an in-between storage spot during a move. In any event, the storage industry tends to be a bit of a mystery to those who have never rented a unit before. If you have some questions about storage units and the rental process, you're not alone. Other first-timers share your questions, which you'll find answered below.

Do you need to sign a lease?

While there may be some exceptions, you do not usually need to sign a lease to rent a storage unit. It's not like renting an apartment. You don't need to commit to renting for six months or a year. You just pay month to month, and when you no longer need the storage unit, you pick up your things and terminate the contract. Some companies may require a week's notice or 10 days' notice before you terminate your contract, but that's about it.

Who has access to your things?

You will be the only one who has access to your belongings. At most facilities, even the owners of the storage facility cannot access your things unless you fall behind on your payments and are deemed to have abandoned your storage unit. Typically, you will bring your own lock to the storage facility, so the only ones who will be able to open it are you and anyone else you share the key or combination with.

Is climate control worth it?

As you browse your storage unit options, you will notice that some are described as climate-controlled and others are not. Those with climate control typically cost a bit more, so it's only natural that you would wonder if they're worth the upcharge. In most cases, they are. Climate control protects your things from damage that can result from changes in temperature and humidity. If you were to choose a unit without climate control, items like clothing and furniture might mold or rot, and then you'd have to pay to replace those items. It's worth paying a little more for climate control.

As a first-time storage unit renter, you should now be better equipped to rent a storage unit. It's not a difficult process, especially after you've reviewed the basics above. Contact a storage facility for more information.