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It is very important for you tell your local manager what you really want to do in terms of your self storage needs. The worst thing that can happen is that you try to make the manager on site guess what you want instead of telling them what you are looking for. One of the keys to self storage is the partnership of the self storage customer to the self storage manager. There is not a need for each side to make the other side feel pressured or stressed. This is especially true whenever there is money involved.
Finding out your self storage needs shouldn’t be a mystery or something like that. It should be as simple as you telling the property manager what you need. It should be that simple. The more you tell the property manager, they more they will know. Sometimes it is the simplest or smallest detail that could really help the property manager find out exactly what you are in need of. Telling the manager on site if you are staying more than a month, a year or indefinitely could really help drive the down the cost of your monthly rental. If you are guarded about them knowing to much information could really hurt you in the long run.
One thing that happens is when a customer just tells the manager they are looking for a place to store their home. The property manager will most likely try to get more detailed in what you are storing so they can find the right size for you. Some people just say household things. That does not always help the property manager. One person’s household things could be a lot different than another person’s household items. When customers are vague the manager’s hands are tied. They might end up offering you something that you do not particular need which could come across as if you are selling you something you don’t need.
It also helps the property manager if you have a preference when renting a storage unit such as easy access, a drive up unit or a climate controlled space. If that is the case, let the property manager know. Some people really believe the less amount of information they give, they can trick the manager into giving them deals they wouldn’t normally give. This is not always the case. The special they give might not fit what you need, and that just turns into an unnecessary argument. Help the property manager help you find the best solution for your self storage needs.