Wondering if self storage is for you? A reasonable question, considering the mini storage craze has grown exponentially in the United States and is now spreading to other parts of the world. Currently there are nearly 50,000 storage facilities in the US, totaling 1.9 billion square feet.
Whether you’re considering a storage unit temporarily or on a long-term basis, it’s good to understand their main benefits. Without further ado, here’s why we love our self storage unit.
It’s the Easiest Way to Make Extra Space Fast
There are many reasons you might need extra space during:
- You plan to leave the area for a long time
- You need extra space for projects or business
- You simply want to free up some room in your home
...and more. In the next few sections, we’ll talk about how a storage unit can address each of these needs with east.
It Makes Moving So Much Simpler!
First and foremost, self storage is one of the best ways to pull off a move. Usually this means one of two things:
- You’re moving nearby and need somewhere to store possessions for a bit. Many people, when selling a house, will put it on the market and conclude the sale before they look into buying a house of their own – the better to know how much capital you’re working with. The obvious problem with that is you don’t have anywhere to put your possessions in the interim. Boom: storage unit.
- You’re moving out of town for a while, and don’t want to take all your possessions with you. Frequently, though, you do want to keep them. Think furniture, hobby supplies, outdoor gear, and so forth.
In either case, a storage unit can help facilitate your move and make the planning process much less arduous.
We Love Storage Units for Small Business
Not moving? Don’t assume you don’t need a storage unit. Sites like Etsy, Ebay and Amazon have made running a small business so much easier. In fact, many biz owners report that the main downside they struggle with isn’t making sales, but where to keep their product and supplies. Business storage is a think and you can take advantage of it.
With storage units so accessible, and often climate controlled, they can make an excellent home base for your business. Some people keep overflow product there, while others run their entire operation out of a storage unit. Keep the door shut for calm privacy or open it to let in the fresh breezes.
Self Storage Units Keep Possessions Safe
Have valuables? Storage units can keep those vintage items or rare books safe over the long haul. However, make sure you get a unit that is climate-controlled if you have particularly important possessions. Think a wine collection, books or manuscripts, or expensive upholstered furniture. Many people forget this step, getting an external unit that isn’t connected to HVAC and temperature control. That’s fine in areas such as Southern California or Arizona, but in rainy or cold climates, it can spell disaster for valuables.
If you don’t have these concerns, or if you’re only using a self storage facility for quick safekeeping while you move, then you don’t need to worry, a drive-up storage unit will sufice.
They’re a Great Place for Extra Projects
Are you a DIY type? Rebuilding a car? Making your own furniture on the side? Refinishing items for your house? Need somewhere to keep those home flipping supplies? Whatever the case, a storage unit can provide a handy catchall, which is one of the reason we love them so much.
If you do decide to use one for this purpose, make sure it's located nearby for easy access. This is a good idea for business use and valuables storage as well.
We Love Them for Downsizing
When the kiddos leave and the garden becomes too much to keep up and you’re just ready for a new phase in life, downsizing starts to look pretty good. Many people do this immediately after their children head out into the world, while others wait until later in retirement to make the jump.
Whatever the case, a storage unit can help ease the transition. If you’re not ready to get rid of all your possessions, but they don’t fit into your new house, a storage unit can be the answer. They can also offer a helpful reprieve if you want to sell, then rent or travel for a while as you explore your options.
Self Storage Works Great for Keeping Stuff Safe on Vacation
Do you live in an area that experiences some crime? Are you going out of town on a holiday during higher-theft times, such as Christmas? Storage units can help protect valuables, like inherited objects or expensive jewelry, that you might not feel secure leaving at home.
If you don’t have a safe, self storage might be the answer. Depending on the size of the valuable, though, you might find a train station or airport locker does the trick as well. These are small, easily accessed and well-guarded, so you can always opt for one on your way out of town. Just make sure you transport those valuables safely!
You Can Save Beaucoup Bucks Using Self Storage
Many people upsize their homes when they have a couple kids or move to a work-from-home model. If you need space because of a change in life circumstances, though, you might be able to make it simply by renting a storage unit. Imagine all the money you’ll save if you simply rent out a unit rather than going through all the trouble of buying a larger home.
Convinced yet? Self storage is one of the easiest ways to make room in your home, make life and business more functional, and keep the things that matter safe. If you’re ready to embark on your own self storage journey, we invite you to get in touch and learn more today.