In this episode, our storage expert addresses the question commonly asked by those of us who are always busy: “How do I access my storage unit after hours?” Join Hope as she discusses various access methods and security measures offered by storage facilities for after-hours entry. Gain insights into key procedures and tips to ensure […]
Today we have a question from Diane who wants to know, how do I access my storage unit after hours? And that’s an excellent question. It’s very relevant to a lot of us. Sometimes we have something that we remember we need to take out in an emergency. We forgot to do it during visitation hours or there’s something that comes up that we weren’t expecting. Some of us just work all day long when we need the after hours to access, we wanna access in the evenings, maybe even late at night or on weekends? That’s a really good question. It’s relevant to a lot of us. Basically, it depends on the facility. Some facilities will have very strict visitation hours that you have to check ahead of time and make sure they align with your schedule so that you know you can access it anytime you need something. And other facilities will give you independent access to the facility, like your own key, fob, key card or entry code, and then you can actually go in after hours. It’s important to keep in mind that if you do enter a facility after hours, you’re usually not going to have an on-ground manager to take care of any special requests or issues that might come up. So you’re basically going to be on your own, you can access your unit, you can do whatever you want, but you won’t have any on-ground assistance in the event that you do need it. So keep that in mind. Another option that’s really good for those of us who really want access anytime they want to their stuff and they need their stuff nearby or you’re not sure how your schedule is gonna fit in with the facility schedule or anything like that is just opt for portable storage and keep it on site. If you have the grounds for it, if you have the property, the space, a driveway, a backyard, and your HOA is okay with you keeping a storage unit on site, that’s a really easy solution for people who need ongoing 24-7 access. That way you’re not limited by the hours of the facility. In short, Diane, you want to check in advance before you move in what are the visitation hours, if there are any limits, and if you would be able to access your unit independently without anybody else’s help. The other option is of course opt for portable storage. If you have the space for it, keep it on site and then you can go anytime you want. No one can tell you anything about it. You can do whatever you want with your unit on your property. Thank you so much for your question. I hope I answered it and enjoy your story. So in conclusion, Diane, to make sure you’re not stranded out when you need something from your storage unit, the best option is either to check in advance and see that the visitation hours align with your schedule or that you can have independent access or opt for portable storage unit that’s on-site, meaning on your property and then you can access it anytime, no hassle, you don’t need to ask anyone for permission.