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Newer Self Storage Facility There are three basic types of self storage and mini storage facilities, and each has different pros and cons accordingly. While those trying to save money but are not as concerned about security may opt for an older self storage facility, others may desire tighter security (especially those storing large amounts of valuable property) and be willing to pay more for it. This classification of self storages and mini storages is generally called a generation of facilities and can be broken down into three basic groups: grandfather generation, father generation, and son/student generation. Each should be examined and the risks and benefits weighed before a decision is made in order to make sure that all needs are properly met.

First Generation Self Storage Facilities - Old Self Storages

Generation 1, or the grandfather self storages, are older mini storages that often have little to no security measures (other than locks). These will often have no gates, on-site managers, keypads, or security cameras. Rarely a generation 1 self storage will have an on-premise manager who is available for a limited number of hours each day, but they are often extremely busy and refer customers to pamphlets or 1-800 help to answer questions. This generation also has the potential drawback of being stacked instead of side-by-side, as are newer units. Mini storages such as these will often require forklift accessibility, which can be difficult to obtain, especially on short notice. However, these self storage facilities are often much cheaper than newer, more secure, units.

Second Generation Mini Storage Facilities

The next generation, called generation 2 or father generation facilities, are often a middle ground for those seeking security without paying an arm and a leg for it. While this type of self storage may be slightly older, they usually offer heightened security and are still somewhat cheaper than more modern mini storages. They are also normally built next to each other instead of stacked, making the forklift unnecessary (except for loading/unloading heavy furniture perhaps). While they may still lack modern video cameras, keypads, and locked gates, they will often have on-site managers, with some self storages of this generation even offering live-in managers (managers that actually live on the premises). They will normally have motion-activated floodlights and sensors, and many have some type of alarm that sounds when unauthorized access to the manager's office is attempted.

Advantages of New Generation 3 Self Storage Facilities

Lastly, generation 3, or student/son generation self storages, are completely modernized and offer greater security measures with additional price added. They are often much more expensive, but make up for this difference in price with features such as climate-controlled units (very handy for storing valuable property or electronic equipment), gated entries with keypads guarding entry/exit, recording of the comings and goings of tenants (for security purposes), security cameras pointed in the areas of all units as well as the manager's office, on-site or on-premise managers (with many of the larger mini storages having live-in managers available 24/7), and more. Although the cost can be significantly more, many customers of these self storages cite the friendly, clean, and secure environment as worth the cost for the peace of mind granted by the up-to-date premises.

While each generation has much to offer, each has benefits and drawbacks that should be strongly considered before customers choose a particular self storage. Mini storages are often located practically on every corner, and each may vary in features and amenities accordingly. Savvy consumers will research each thoroughly before leaving valuable property on the premises, and many mini storage facilities both recommend and encourage visitation in order to ascertain the well-being of valuables in case of any questions.