Self storage continues to grow in popularity, and for good reason. Storage units are fairly affordable and allow you to free up room in your home and reduce clutter, store business supplies and inventory, clear out a room for out-of-town guests or store valuables that you want to pass on. You can keep almost anything in self storage, whether you make it a short-term or long-term storage solution.
Benefits of Self Storage
One of the greatest benefits of self storage units is the flexibility. Most contracts are month to month, which means you can rent a storage unit for one month if you want to clear out a craft room in your home, for example, to let out-of-town relatives stay in your house for the holidays. This flexibility also extends to the many possible uses of self storage facilities, which includes but is not limited to:
1. Temporary storage during deployment or college
2. Business inventory, supplies and seasonal decor
3. Mobile business station
4. Store inherited belongings until you can go through them
5. Store important keepsakes, valuables and large furniture you want to pass on to your family
6. Clear up clutter in your home
7. Store seasonal decor such as lawn inflatables, Christmas trees and ornaments
Self storage units are also flexible in that they offer many ways to customize your storage experience. If you need easy access to your belongings, you can choose a drive-up storage unit. If you are storing sensitive items like wine, documents or electronics, you can opt for a climate-controlled unit. If you want to store an RV or motorcycle during the off season, outdoor storage is available.
Disadvantages of Self Storage
With all of that said, even cheap storage at a self storage facility does have drawbacks. The cost is one of the biggest drawbacks. While storage can be very affordable, it will still be a monthly expense that you will be responsible for. This is why it’s a good idea to consider the value of your items before you choose to pay for storage.
Finally, depending on how close your home is to the storage facility, you also need to consider travel time and expenses, especially if you plan to access your storage unit often. This may not be a major concern if you will not visit more than a few times or if the storage building is very close to you.