How to Pick the Right Storage Unit When Moving

We closed down a sister farm and had to pack up the farm house and the barn until we could relocate. We found ourselves in a pinch after our horse trainer left without notice and took her horses. She was also caring for some client horses, but managed to notify them before she left. I won’t get into detail, but the departure left a bad taste in our mouths. Understandably, she left for another opportunity in Tulsa that paid her more money. We would have been fine with this, except it left us in such a bind we had to break the lease on the property.

Though it can be exciting, moving is generally a stressful journey to endure, especially considering the circumstances. There is an incredible amount of work that needs to be done, which includes storing items during the process. If you are pressed for time like we were, you might want to call a moving and storage company in OKC. If you are in the middle of moving from the outskirts of Oklahoma City, up to Edmond, OK, and the property isn’t ready for you, you might want to find a storage facility in Oklahoma City. You will need to store your things, or perhaps you are downsizing and do not have adequate room anymore, a storage unit can solve those problems.

Though this is a great solution, keep in mind that not every storage unit facility is the same. It is critical to find one that is trustworthy and fulfills your storing needs. This holds true if you are keeping expensive horse equipment and supplies. Here are some ways that can help you in your decision making so you can mark this off your task list. 

Size of Storage Unit

First and foremost, you need to figure out what you are planning to store so you can get an idea of the size you need to rent. Of course, you do not want to rent from a company merely because they can fit all your things, but it will help narrow down your search. Keep in mind that the best set up would be a unit being spacious enough to fit your items as well as having enough room to walk around. Most of you won’t be moving a small farm, so I will try and keep this in perspective as I proceed.

Temperature Sensitive Items

Do you have anything that is sensitive to drastic temperature changes, such as music equipment? If so, you need to ensure that the unit you rent has climate control, preferably indoors, so you can have peace of mind knowing your belongings are appropriately stored and not at risk for damage. Family heirlooms are something you should keep in a well secured, temperature controlled, storage unit.


No one wants their stuff stolen, which is why security measures are vital in your decision process. Units that have excellent security monitoring can give you much more confidence in your experience, especially if you have expensive and valuable items stored. This could be fencing, locks, cameras, and even security guards. We also recommend that you double lock your storage unit door and pack your items in such a way that makes it difficult for a thief to steel your valuables.

Check the Reviews

Every legitimate business has a review of some sort, somewhere. Even if you dialed in on a particular unit, make sure to do your due diligence and check the reviews from past and present customers. Reading both the positive and negatives will give you a decent idea of how the company operates, especially if the reviews have a common theme. If there are more unhappy customers than satisfied, then you may want to steer clear. Also, be sure to check where the reviews are coming from, local reviews from Oklahoma City and the surrounding area will carry more weight than an out of state review. Read through them all, most of the time you can see a fake review from a mile away.

Office Hours

Determine how accessible you need your items to be and then compare your requirements to what different unit companies have to offer. If you have a specific timeframe and the gate hours are not accommodating, then it could be a deal-breaking conflict.


There is a lot that goes into picking out the right storage unit when you are planning on a big move. Whatever your needs are, such as space constraints, before Googling and picking the first option you see in your area, step back and take the proper steps to ensure your items will be in the best care. Taking the necessary precautions now will maximize your opportunity to have your items stored in the best conditions.