When in the process of moving, storage units can often come into play. When storing items it's a good time to purge, decrease clutter and hold on to what you truly want to see in your new home.
Choosing a Storage Unit
There are various reasons why you may choose to rent a storage unit for some or all of your belongings. Under specific circumstances, an extra storage space can be a life-saver, especially when you find yourself in the middle of a highly transitional period like a home move, for example.
Once you’ve reached the informed decision to rent a self-storage unit for a specific period of time, the next logical step is to first choose a self-storage facility, and then pick a storage unit size that is right for you.
This article will help you make all the right decisions related to choosing a storage unit for your needs. Keep in mind that although self-storage can prove to be a huge asset for you during the unpredictable relocation between two homes, it may also turn out to be a financial burden with a number of potential risks and dangers
So, how to choose a self-storage unit without endangering your valued possessions or losing your savings in the process?
What you must know before choosing a storage unit
Naturally, it’s nice to have an extra storage space not too far from your home, secure, and easily accessible whenever you need it – some storage facilities offer a 24/7 access for their clients. It’s like having the extra spare room you’ve always wanted for a fixed monthly fee, isn’t it?
Here’s what you need to know before you make up your mind to rent a storage unit when moving to a new home.
Price: can you afford it?
Do the math before you get too excited about having more storage space at your disposal. The home moving process is rather expensive and you should be extra careful not to burden your budget unless you absolutely must. No matter how you look at it, self-storage is just another move-related expense for which you will be billed monthly until you move your stuff out of the storage unit.
To rent a self-storage unit while moving on a tight budget can be very risky for your savings.
Of course, the exact rental price will depend on various external factors such as the storage unit company, city, and location of the self-storage facility within the city. On average, the tiniest self-storage unit you can rent (5’ x 5’) will cost you anywhere between $60 and $100 per month, or sometimes more.
Another thing to keep in mind is that the storage space you get from the smallest storage unit size may not be nearly enough for your needs. Let’s face it: a 5’ x 5’ cell has the approximate dimensions of a standard home closet – what can you really fit inside it?
The final price you pay per month will be estimated after you’ve added any extra features that are paid extra – climate-controlled units are more expensive, of course. Only the storage unit company can give you an accurate price quote so that you can really weigh things up and decide whether or not to go through with your plan.