There is one question looming when you are preparing to move: to rent or not to rent a storage unit? There are different opinions on this topic, but one thing is sure: the industry of storage facilities is booming in the United States and more and more people choose to take advantage of the benefits of renting a storage unit, and not just when they more or renovate their homes and need a temporary storage space for their belongings, but also for storing things they no longer use but do not feel like recycle them yet, or even recreational vehicles. Besides, there are also storage units near me customized to be used as temporary commercial spaces (offices, shops and even homes).
So, obviously, there are many pros about using a storage unit.
Storage facilities are usually reliable and provide competitive prices and payment options. They are ready to accommodate different storage needs, by providing units of different sizes and with various amenities. You will get assistance with choosing the right unit for your needs and you will be allowed to access your belonging anytime you wish, during the working hours (although some facilities are open 24/ 7).
You can rent a unit indefinitely or for a limited amount of time; you might receive discounts, depending on the contract you sign.
However, there are also limitations to using a storage unit.
- First, the costs associate with moving your things may not be considered in the rental price, so you will have to inquire to save on moving costs and see what offers you get from moving companies.
- You may not be able to find a storage facility very close to your location, especially if you look for facilities built for that specific purpose such as storing recreational vehicles; in this case, it can be quite uncomfortable to take your belongings too far away.
- You risk filing your storage unit with clutter. People nowadays tend to purchase many things, even if they will use them very seldom or forget about them altogether. Many storage units end up being full of boxes that nobody checked in a very long time.
- Your things stored in a regular unit are subject to temperature variations and humidity, so they may be damaged while being stored, unless you opt for a temperature-controlled unit – but which will cost you more money!
- There are also some value limits of the stored items, imposed by storage unit companies. These limits are based on the size of the unit. You can purchase insurance through the storage unit company, but for a small unit you will get rather small compensation.
To get the most out of a storage unit, take into consideration these following tips, even if it will cost you some more money:
- Choose a secure unit, with proper locks, fencing and video surveillance, especially if you store objects that you are still using.
- Find a renting facility located close to you, to spend as few money as possible for transporting your objects to and from there.
- Choose a climate controlled unit, to ensure that your belongings do not stay in a harmful environment (humidity, low temperatures etc.).
- Make sure the unit is sealed tightly against pests and ground water penetration. On the same note, make sure the storage facility routinely monitors for bugs and rodent infestations.