How to Choose the Right Self-Storage Facility

There are many stages in life and in business that may necessitate the use of a self-storage facility. Whether it be short-term rental, a permanent move, or relocation, business growing and needing space—storage units can provide the extra space needed to store items or possessions outside of your home. 

Are you struggling to park your vehicle in the garage due to tremendous clutter? Is your home going through a temporary remodel? Are you downsizing since the kids moved out? Are your kids moving back home for a temporary stay after college? Maybe you simply want to give your home more space and openness. Whatever the case may be—a self-storage space may be the right option for you.

If you’ve been considering using a self-storage facility—it’s important to take note of a few key characteristics in order to ensure you choose the proper unit. The right storage unit should provide more than simply a space to hold household items, it should give peace of mind and security. 

Consider a number of factors prior to trusting your personal possessions to a self-storage facility including:

  • What size unit is needed to sufficiently store household items?
  • What is the reason for storing items?
  • How long will the storage unit be needed?
  • What types of items will be stored?

These are some of the basic elements that should be considered when choosing self-storage facility options. Beyond these factors—there’s a number of other key items that should be reviewed.


Some storage facilities may often be located in secluded or difficult to access areas. If you’re going to be accessing your unit on a regular basis—make sure that you choose a facility that is conveniently located with easy-access. 

Storage sites should be easy-to-use in close proximity to your home, business, or daily commute. Choose a self-storage facility with appropriate loading docks, friendly knowledgeable staff, and a convenient location. 

Safe and Secure

Self-storage sites should provide safety and security to both yourself and your possessions. Be sure to look for sufficient security, proper staffing and video monitoring during regular business hours.

Units should have locks and security mechanisms that protect valuable items. Your personal security should also remain a top priority especially if accessing the site during off hours. Self-storage sites should be well lit with alarm systems to help ensure the highest of safety standards 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


Self-storage sites should be easily accessible throughout the day and located in convenient, easy-to-access locations. Be sure to pick the right storage option with knowledgeable staff, fair pricing, and a variety of sizes.

Choosing a self-storage facility that is located near your home in a safe location will provide you with the ability to easily access self-storage sites as necessary. 


There is a wide range of variability when it comes to choosing self-storage facility options. You should carefully weigh your options while considering both cost and value. Certain storage facilities may be more inexpensive than others, but can lack security and other key features.

Cost should never be the sole deciding driver when it comes to choosing a self-storage facility. Be sure to review all appropriate factors related to self-storage options.

Knowledgeable Staff

Be sure to choose self-storage sites that have friendly, knowledgeable staff on hand to provide assistance as needed. The staff should monitor security and provide customer care as needed.

Storage professionals should be well versed on security policies and monitor 24 hour video surveillance systems as needed. If you are locked out of your unit or unable to enter—staff should also provide support as needed.

Friendly and reliable staff should also be available to help choose appropriate units based on individual storage needs and other applicable recommendations. No matter what questions you have, they should be able to answer honestly and reliably.

Why Choose Lock and Leave Storage 

If you’ve been searching for a safe, secure, clean environment to store all of your precious items—look no further than Lock & Leave Storage. We provide safe and quality residential and business self-storage options with a number of features including:

  • Friendly, knowledgeable staff available to assist you
  • Easily accessible hours from 7:00am to 7:00pm
  • Clean, well-lit storage spaces
  • Secure 24 hour video security
  • Boxes and packing supplies 
  • Referral program that pays you cash
  • Truck rentals available

With locations in Placentia and San Bernardino—Lock & Leave Storage provides quality residential and business self-storage solutions for a variety of needs. If you’ve been searching for a safe, quality self-storage solution—please feel free to contact one of our storage professionals to help you choose the right size storage unit today.

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