most common reason people use storage units is to store goods temporarily during a move or an
extended time away from work, school, or home. However, people use self-storage
for other reasons, including downsizing and long-term storage for extra
vehicles, boats, and RVs. Students store their goods during the summer break
instead of transporting everything back home.
use storage facilities to archive files, keep overstock, and house equipment
that takes up valuable space. Design professionals find storage units handy to
temporarily stow furniture and other items during renovation or construction of
homes and offices. The staff at a well-managed facility can help you select a
unit appropriate for your needs.
Benefits of Self-Storage
solves many storage issues. These include:
- It reduces clutter. If you keep back
issues of magazines, your children’s preschool artwork, or baby clothes that
you can’t part with, a storage box keeps clutter at bay. Gardening equipment
and seasonal tools can be stored to free up garage space.
- Storage can be used to archive business files.
If you have files that must be kept for several years, such as tax returns or
medical receipts, keeping them in a storage box frees up valuable office space.
- It is economical. Rather than moving to
a new home, keeping overflow in a storage unit lets you stay where you are.
- If you live in tight quarters, such as a
loft or efficiency apartment, sports equipment, household goods, and vehicles
can be kept in a storage unit. Keeping seasonal clothing in a
climate-controlled storage unit relieves pressure on closet space.
- Parking is often expensive or
unavailable in large cities. A car can be kept at a nearby storage facility
instead of renting garage space.
- If you downsize from a family home to a
retirement home, you can store furnishings and memorabilia.
- For hobbyists, storage units give the
flexibility to expand collections or to rotate elements within the collection
for display, cataloguing or active involvement.
- Interior decorators use self-storage as
a way to manage stock. Designers often store purchases for clients who are
remodeling or moving to a new location. Large items, such as furniture, lamps,
and carpets, can be housed until clients are ready for them.
Choosing the Right Amenities
are many variables to consider when selecting a storage unit. A storage
facility should have experienced staff who can help you select the proper size
and type of unit and the optimal placement of the unit on the grounds.
your own peace of mind, keep these things in mind when choosing a self-storage
- Sizes range from document lockers to
units that hold the contents of a four- or five-bedroom home. Staff will ask
about the amount and types of goods you have, estimate the number of boxes, and
determine whether climate control is required.
- Security is important. Look for fencing,
security lights, 24-hour video monitoring, security guards, and how access is
- Many facilities have units accessible
from either the outside or within a building. Some have loading docks that
access interior units. Ask if loading carts and dollies are available without
- Boats, campers, and cars will fit inside
larger units. However, many facilities offer covered outside parking for
vehicles. These areas should be fenced and gated.
- Other amenities to consider include how
payments are made and whether discounts are available on long-term agreements.
Does the facility accept major credit cards, cash, and checks? Can payment be
made online or through automatic withdrawals?
Researching the Right Fit
you define your storage needs, take the time to research facilities to find one
that is right for you. Location is important. You won’t want to drive across
town to get to your storage box. Peruse each company’s website for factors such
as ease of making payments, availability of units, terms of service and rate
and speak to the staff about your needs. They should be helpful and
professional. Go in person to verify that the facility matches the description.
Look at security measures, examine units, and note office hours.
Read the rental agreement thoroughly before signing. Be sure to understand liability issues, insurance, and terms of payment. If you are satisfied, set a move-in date and enjoy the amenities of an uncluttered, well-organized home or office.
Here at Outbox Self Storage, we would love to serve you! Call us or reserve online for a unit that fits your needs.
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