Self-storage is not a snap decision to wake up to one morning and decide right then that a storage unit is on today’s shopping list. Unless you plan what to do with the unit or what to store, you may end up paying for space you don’t need. Whether you are looking to store contents of an entire house or just a few things here and there, there is a storage unit perfect for you. Let’s see how to achieve the most for your rental fee.
The first thing you should do before anything else is to make a list of what you want to store. Every item in the unit will occupy space. A concise inventory will help you organize and create space for every item without having a lot of additional unused space.
This part comes down to how you will use the storage unit. Will you need an aisle to walk around inside the unit to access the items occasionally, or will everything be stored and then removed at the same time (like household items during a move or renovation)? A pathway is useful if you plan on coming back now and then to pick up a few things. Otherwise, it only eats up space and costs you money.
Units usually have different sizes determined by length and width; height usually goes up to eight feet. Many storage facilities have interactive size guides online that you can use to estimate the size right for you. However, visit the storage units the site recommends and see firsthand what is available. Some storage units resemble large walk- in closets while others look like a garage.
Some examples of what to expect: A 5′ x 5′ unit equals 25 square feet which can hold several boxes, a small mattress set, a dresser, camping gear, toys, and personal items. A 10′ x 10′ unit is more like an extra bedroom which can fit contents from two bedrooms or an entire family room. A 10′ x 30′ unit is equivalent to a one and a half car garage. As one of the largest units in most facilities, one can imagine how much you can store inside like major appliances, couches, dining sets, mattress sets, and outdoor equipment.
To avoid wasting money and space, invest in a storage unit that is just right. Anything bigger than the contents will only serve to drain your pockets while something smaller than the items in question will only be a disappointment.
For all your storage needs, contact Self Storage Centers of America at 813-621-7867.