Whether you're planning a massive home renovation project or just looking for a safe place to store your priceless heirlooms. a storage unit can be a lifesaver. They allow you a convenient way to keep your belongings without having to make room inside your own home to do so.
But not all self-storage units are created equal. Which one you rent depends heavily on your own individual needs, so here are a few things to consider before you make your decision.
Long Term or Short Term?
First, consider how long you plan on using self-storage. Are you just needing to store things for a few months while you move to a new house, or are you looking for a permanent home for your RV? Most self-storage units operate on a month-to-month basis so you won't be locked into a long-term contract anyways, but they may also give you a discount if you agree to sign for a year or more. Knowing how long you'll store these items will also determine how you store things inside your locker as well. If you don't plan on touching these belongings often, then you can stack them however you wish. If you know you're going to retrieve items from your self-storage unit regularly, then put those near the front of the unit.
Big or Small?
Storage units come in all shapes and sizes, from massive, 300 square foot units designed to store your entire home's belongings, to ones no bigger than a hall closet. There's also a huge price difference between those two sizes, so take some time to think about what your needs truly are so you don't end up overpaying for storage space you don't need.
Air-Conditioned or No?
Extreme climate changes can really affect what is stored inside your storage units. Wooden items can crack and leather can turn yellow, so it's important to think about the items you're storing when you make your choice to know if it's worth it to upgrade your unit. Air-conditioned lockers are more expensive, but they're a small price to pay for the peace of mind that comes from knowing your possessions are more safely secured.
Not every self-storage company allows for 24-hour access to your unit, which can put you in a really terrible position if you're needing to retrieve an item in the middle of the night. Be sure to ask the company when you're making your reservation if this is a priority for you.