Whether you’re downsizing by moving to a smaller space, or just need a separate spot to store some of your stuff while you figure out your next move, there are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to renting a storage unit.
Before you rent a storage unit, consider the following four tips…
- The Choice is Yours: Self-Storage or Full Service?
You have a choice regarding the type of storage that makes the most sense for you to rent. Hands down, self-storage is the most popular between these two, as it tends to be more affordable and easier to access. However, location determines practically everything and if you’re relocating to a big city where traffic and transportation is difficult, a full service option might be more convenient for you in the long run.
With full service storage, the facility will pick up and deliver your items to the storage space, so you don’t have to hassle with moving them yourself. Some of these valet-style services also offer a photo inventory of what you’re storing, so that you can easily consult the image list to determine where something is if you need it.
- Size Matters
Take stock of how much you intend to store in order to determine what size storage unit
makes the most sense to rent. Typically, storage units come in five sizes: 5’x5’; 5’x10’; 10’x10’; 10’x15’; 10’x20’. As tempting as it might be to save a few bucks by skimping on extra space, remember, you’ll want to get in there on occasion to pick up certain items or store others. Having things crammed right to corners will make maneuvering harder than it needs to be.
- Check the Thermostat
Wherever you decide to store you belongings, check to see if the storage unit you intend to rent is
climate-controlled. With few exceptions, a climate-controlled storage space is key, especially for items like clothing and furniture. Without climate-control, your belongings could be exposed to wet, damp, or humid conditions, which could result in damage over time. Speaking of time…
- Consider the Time Commitment
Ask yourself how long you’ll need to rent a storage unit before committing to any contract.
Most self-storage facilities offer short-term, often month-to-month, options for storing your items, while full service storage spaces generally require a long-term contract. A long-term contract might be right for you if, for example, you’re relocating to work or study abroad for a specific, predetermined length of time. However, if you’ve downsized to a smaller rental and already anticipate another move in the future, a month-to-month contract is probably your best way to go.