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Just what exactly is a loading bay? In terms of self storage, a loading bay is a dock in which you can more easily load and unload your belongings. The bay looks similar to docks in the back of business. Large semi trucks use the docks to pull the trucks up, and unload product. In storage the idea is similar. Many storage bays can fit smaller trucks than those of its larger counterparts. Also, the loading bays are often very close to the facility entrances and/or elevator, making access even easier. If a storage facility does not have loading bays, they often use hand carts or dollies instead. While it is more convenient than carrying things yourself, it is still more of a hassle than using the bays.
Unfortunately not every self storage facility will have a loading bay for you to load your belongings. Now some facilities will have ground floor units that will help you to put things directly into storage unit. So a drive up space is the best and most convenient way to load your belongings into your storage unit. When you call or drop by to talk to your property manager about the best options for storage you can talk about loading options. Most times if the property manager had loading bays they would talk on for minutes about how awesome and easy it is to load and unload your belongings.
All in all, using loading bays is very convenient, especially if there is a lot of furniture involved. You will find out about all your self storage options when it comes to loading. If your facility has loading bays, which is a great thing especially if the area has bad weather often. No one wants their furniture to get wet or damaged because of the weather. Call around and see if one of your local self storage property managers has loading bays at their facility.