Acquiring a storage unit
Finding a good self-storage unit is not a walk in the park. Very few units will meet your exact needs. However, online research and asking people who have experience in the field can make the process more user-friendly.
To avoid mistakes, here are some dos and don’ts:
Use a dependable storage company. Don’t rush. Do extensive research. If possible, get recommendations from friends and relatives.
Have a packing strategy. Don’t just throw things into boxes. Using labels is an ideal way to make locating things later as easy as possible.
Avoid storing perishable and breakable items. If you need to, you can wrap fragile items with clothing or blankets.
Most companies offer security for storage units. However, having your own security is a plus. Secure your unit with an additional lock and, if possible, a door alarm. Another key point: give limited access to the unit. The more people are accessing it you unit, the greater the risk of items going missing or getting damaged.
Remember: a storage unit is an extension of your home. So, be responsible.
What are the Costs of a Storage Unit?
Of course, this is the magic question. The reality is that it really depends on a number of factors, including
- Location – The location of a facility is a major factor in the cost. As with many goods and services, urban centers are likely to be more expensive than less developed areas. Look for options locally. Traveling a little further may result in big savings.
- Storage requirements – Do you have valuable items that require a controlled climate? If so, it will likely increase the cost.
- Time – Many storage facilities charge monthly, which is a convenient option for customers. However, some facilities have minimum storage periods. Others may offer discounts for long-term storage contracts. Make sure to look carefully at the terms. Having a realistic idea of the length of time you need is also a good way to make sure you get a good deal.
- Size – They say time is money – well, so is space! The more stuff you have, the larger space you will need. This will increase the price. In order to keep your costs down, we highly recommend sorting through your possessions and getting rid of unnecessary items. Have a garage sale or donate items to charity. Dispose of broken items and things you are unlikely to use again. There is no point paying to store items that will just be thrown out.
- Insurance – Some facilities will require you to have insurance. This is an area that requires plenty of research. When investigating storage options near you, make sure to ask about their insurance policy.
Overall, given these variables (and more), the costs of self-storage units varies quite dramatically. However (as a very broad figure) the national average for a unit is $90/month. However, from our exploration, the cheapest storage units prices begin from $0.5/day. Keep in mind that if you are just looking for a small space to store a few valuables, it is likely to be less than $90/month. On the other hand, if you live in the center of a major city and need to store a large amount of stuff, be prepared to pay more.