How to Choose a Storage Unit for Military Deployment

A-1 Self Storage | May 9, 2021 @ 12:00 AM

Are you or a loved one about to be deployed to earn combat pay? Do you need to find something to do with your items and belongings while you're away for 6 to 12 months (or longer)?

If so, you might be wondering "where can I find self-storage near me?" Finding one will help you know that your items are stored safely and in preferred conditions to keep them in great shape. The trick is to look for a few critical components in the storage facility you hire.  

See below for an in-depth guide on how to choose a self-storage unit for military deployment to ensure your things are kept safe.

1. Find a Reputable Self Storage Facility

Contrary to popular belief, finding a self-storage unit shouldn't just be about finding the lowest price. In fact, if the price is too good to be true, then it probably is. That storage facility may not have all the necessary resources to keep your items safe while you're away for deployment.

Make sure to find a reputable storage facility that you can trust. We recommend reading online reviews on any self-storage facility that you're considering.

Start by Googling their name and then clicking on the online reviews that you see. Read through the comments that were left behind and ask yourself a few questions:

  • Do the previous clients seem satisfied with the service they've received?
  • How long have those clients been using the storage facility?
  • Are the customers happy with the price point?
  • Are there any horror stories left behind by clients? If so, do they carry weight?

Here at A-1 Self Storage, we pride ourselves on offering incredible storage opportunities for any needs you may have. We want to help you save money while you're away, as well as make you more comfortable that your items are protected.

2. Notice the Details

When it comes to finding a storage unit for military deployment, the secret always lies in the details. 

At first glance, it might seem as if every storage unit facility looks the same. However, there are certain factors that you should look for to ensure that your belongings are safe and sound until you arrive back in the US. 

First, take a tour of the storage facility and look to see whether or not they have ample lighting for when the night hits. Without proper lighting, security is compromised.


Next, does the facility seem clean and well taken care of? Do they have pest control to ensure that no unwanted bugs or vermin will make their way into your unit? Do they have access codes that are customized for those that are renting out storage units?


You should also check to see if there is a good amount of branches in your area. You should never have to drive 45 minutes away or so to gain access to the best storage facility around. Find a reputable brand in your neck of the woods.

3. Look for Climate-Controlled Storage

When looking for a storage unit, it might be worth looking for a climate-controlled unit. That way, your items will sit comfortably inside while you're overseas protecting our country.

If that unit isn't climate-controlled, then your items will be forced to put up with the rising heat or colder days. Even in beautiful California, the temperature inside a storage unit can spike rather quickly.

Consider some of the many benefits of climate-controlled storage, such as:

  • Protection from high heat or colder temperatures
  • Negates the possibility of dust build-up
  • More peace of mind for you while you're away
  • Improves the air quality inside the unit itself
  • Protects the quality of your items

Be sure to ask any self-storage company you talk to if they have climate-controlled storage units available. At A1 Storage, we offer climate-controlled units that are available for the duration of your deployment.

4. Search for Accommodation

A reputable self-storage facility makes the process as easy for you as possible. You have enough on your plate as-is. 

Look for a storage facility that offers convenience when you go to initially move items into your unit such as:

  • 7-day access to your unit
  • Unloading areas
  • Flexible payment options
  • Longer access hours for tenants
  • Packing and moving supplies

Be sure to round up some friends and family members that can help you move your belongings into the new unit. They want to help as-is, so you might be able to bribe them with some pizza for their efforts.

5. Payment Plan Availability

First off, as an active military member, you should ask your preferred storage facility if they offer military discounts on their services.

You want to make sure their rates fall in line with your budget. For that reason, we recommend asking if they offer a way for you to autopay. That way, the monthly cost gets taken out of your account without you having to consciously remember it while you're overseas.

Make sure that you designate an alternate contact on your contract, such as a spouse or family member you trust.

That way, if there are any issues and you can't be reached, they'll have someone to contact. We always make sure to ask for that on our lease agreements, as extra security for your belongings.

Self-Storage Near Me: Rent Before Your Deployment

Now that you have seen an in-depth answer to your question of "where can I find trusted self-storage near me?", it's time to begin your search.

Be sure to read this article for more information on how to get organized ahead of you storing your belongings in a storage unit.

For more inquiries, please begin by using our find a storage unit page and locating the best storage facility near your residence.

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