7 Key Things to Know Before Renting a Storage Unit

In the United States, self-storage space takes up approximately 48.75 million square feet.

Are you getting ready to rent a storage unit? Are you unsure of what to look for or how to store your belongings in the proper way? If so, you’re in the right place.

Listed below are some essential tips everyone ought to know when renting a storage unit.

Why Rent a Storage Unit?

People rent out storage units for all kinds of reasons. The following are some of the most popular:

Protection

A storage unit provides your belongings with extra protection from the elements. If you have items that are sensitive to temperature or moisture, a climate-controlled storage unit will give you peace of mind.

They also provide additional theft-protection for items of high value that you want to keep safe. Storage units are a viable option when you don’t want to store certain things in your home but still want to know they’re locked down.

Increased Space

When you move items out of your home and into your storage space, you have more room to live without feeling like you’re always tripping over something.

Lots of people in the U.S. have problems with clutter. If this is the case for you, storage units can be a good in-between stage until you have the time and energy to get rid of the clutter for good.

Cost-Effectiveness

Often, storage units are very cost-effective. Many storage companies offer flexible payment options and only require you to pay for the amount of storage that you need.

It’s easy to pay on a month-to-month or even week-to-week basis, too. That way, you don’t have to worry about getting roped into a long-term contract for a unit you only need to use for a little while.

Permanent Home Base

Storage units also give you a permanent home base. If you’re someone who travels a lot and doesn’t have a permanent residence, it can be hard to find a place to store the belongings that don’t fit in your suitcase or your car.

Renting a storage space gives you a safe and secure location to store these items until you’re ready to reclaim them. You don’t have to worry about remembering which friend has which thing, and you can rest easy knowing they’re not being put in harm’s way.

Storage Unit Tips and Tricks

There are lots of reasons to look into renting a storage unit. Finding the right unit for your needs can be difficult, though. Here are some tips to keep in mind when searching for a place to store your things:

  1. Know Which Type of Unit You Need

Start by considering which type of storage unit you need. Do you need a self-storage space, or do you prefer a full-service storage facility?

Self-storage spaces are a good option if you don’t have anything highly valuable or fragile to sore. If you have belongings that need climate-controlled storage or extra security, though, you might be better off using a full-service facility. These facilities cost more money, but the extra security is worth it for most people.

  1. Choose the Right Size 

Next, think about the size of your storage unit. How much space do you need for your belongings?

Most facilities offer a range of sizes, from 5’x5′ to 10’x20′. Consider how much you’re going to store in the unit to ensure you have enough room for everything.

  1. Consider Your Budget

When choosing a size for your storage unit, think about your budget, too. The larger the unit, the more expensive it will likely be.

Consider what you can afford to spend, as well as how long you’re going to be keeping your belongings in that particular unit.

Get clear on what you’ll be paying each week or month for the unit. That way, you won’t have to deal with any unpleasant surprises later.

  1. Look at the Location

Where do you want your storage unit to be located?

Does it need to be close to your house to make the process of transferring items easier? Search for storage units in your area if this is important to you so you don’t have to travel far to access your belongings.

If you travel a lot and are using your storage unit as a home base, you might want to consider finding one close to the airport or bus station so you can access it easier.

  1. Ask About Unit Features 

Every storage unit offers different features. Some are climate-controlled, for example, or offer more lighting than others. Check out the list of features each facility offers before making a final decision.

Remember to consider which features are most useful to you, though. Don’t get suckered into paying more money for a lot of features you don’t need.

  1. Assess the Security

Security is essential when renting storage units. Find out what kind of measures the facility takes to keep your belongings safe.

Do they have video surveillance? Do they hire guards who patrol the area in-person? Consider how easy it is to get into the facility in the first place (do you have to punch in a code before entering, for example), too.

  1. Find Out What’s Insured

It’s also a good idea to find out more about what’s insured when you rent a particular storage unit. Talk to your homeowners’ or renters’ insurance provider to see if they cover items in storage units.

Find out if the facility offers its own insurance, too. You might need to pay extra for it, but the cost could be worthwhile if you have high-value items in your unit.

Rent Your Storage Unit Today

Now that you know more about the benefits of renting a storage unit, as well as the right way to choose a unit and store your belongings in it, it’s time to begin your hunt.

Remember the guidelines listed above and you’ll have a much easier time locating a storage unit that meets your needs.

Need more storage advice? Check out some of our storage and organization-related articles today to keep learning!

About RJ Frometa

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2 comments

  1. My mom owns a lot of art and antiques that she would like to store. I like how you suggest thinking about what type of storage you need depending on what you will put in it. I will suggest to her to look for local storage that can give her better advice.

  2. I liked that you mentioned you need to consider the size of a storage unit before choosing it. My husband and I are thinking about decluttering our garage to make room for another car, and we are looking for advice about what to do. I will let him know about your recommendations to choose the right self-storage unit for us.

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