When It's Time to Rent a Storage Unit

The self storage industry has been the fastest growing industry in the United States for over thirty years. There seems to be a storage facility on every corner and for good reason! We own a lot of stuff! And we have a really hard time throwing the stuff out. There are about 48,500 self-storage facilities in the United States and over 2 billion square feet of rental space which is 20 square feet of space for every household in the country. About 10 percent of U.S. households rent a storage unit.

The main reason most people rent a storage unit is that they have simply run out of space in their home. A storage unit provides a secure and economical option for accommodating the surplus. Moving things from the house to a storage unit that you don’t need to see every day but nonetheless wouldn’t want to lose entirely is a pretty good reason to rent the space. There are a variety of sizes that you can rent and even have climate controlled options. Contracts are for minimal amounts of time and the space can accommodate pretty much anything. Of course, you can’t store things that are flammable and explosives or weapons.

Another reason people rent a storage unit is because they are moving into a new home. Moving is overwhelming as it is, having boxes piled to the ceiling and trying to figure out what goes where can cause a breakdown. Putting all of the small stuff into a storage unit and the big stuff into the new home, can give you time to bring things into the house a bit at a time and keep things on a calmer status. Self-storage provides a holding station for items until you’re ready and able to move them into their new home.

Renovating your home is a great reason to use a storage unit for a short period of time. If you are knocking down walls, adding a room extension or a new kitchen, having things out of the way and not squashed in an extra room, gives you space to get the job done and not worry about things breaking while just “tossed” somewhere else and taking on all the dust of reconstruction.

Sometimes, your job or a trip relocates you to another place for just a short period of time. There is no need to bring ALL of your belongings but you don’t want to sell everything. So, a storage unit comes in very handy for keeping everything together until you return from your mission. A self-storage unit solves these problems by providing the space and protection necessary for holding items that aren’t required on your travels.

Lots of businesses use storage facilities for storing inventory. Large companies, mom and pops and non profits all need the extra space. Business archives, important documents, extra equipment and paperwork can all be organized and stored with file cabinets and on shelves. Self storage units can provide climate and environment controlled warehouse facilities at a significantly lower cost than a full-blown property rental. Access is available whenever the owner wants it, and the security gives businesses the assurance that their assets will remain safe.

Storage units also offer a safe place to store vehicles, equipment and tools. If you have seasonal equipment like lawnmowers and snowmobiles, a storage unit is a great place to store them in the off season so that it doesn’t clutter up your garage. A classic car that you use only on weekends for shows can safely be stored without problems at a secured facility. Boats and campers also find a home at most storage businesses.

Using a storage unit to get things out of the way can actually save you money. Instead of putting an addition on to your home or building another building on your property to store all the stuff, you can rent a unit for a period of time that is much more affordable than either of these options.

But, there are times when perhaps a storage unit is not the best use of your money. If you are hauling things out of your garage and taking it to a unit, you need to ask yourself if that stuff is ever going to make it back to your house again. All too often, stuff that is taken over is stuff you simply want to forget about! That is not the best use of your money. Having a garage sale to rid yourself of the stuff or just taking it all to the local dump may be a wise move. Then again, you can donate everything to a local charity and feel really good about where your stuff goes!

When it appears to be time for you to consider taking things to a storage unit, you will need to consider if it is beneficial and if it is saving you money. Try to get rid of as much stuff as possible instead of storing it and then see what is left. You can probably save money by renting a small unit!

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