Updated: Dec 13, 2019

How do you know that you will need a storage unit? Well you won’t know until you follow the advice of several of our previous blogs on downsizing or else sorting through your belongings before you move. But let’s say you have done all the sorting and downsizing you can possibly do and you still have many things that you cannot or else are not willing to part with. Then it may be time for a storage unit.

There Are Many Factors That Go Into The Rental Of A Storage Unit:

First and foremost is what size. The facility will be able to provide you with the exact space sizes they provide. Knowing what size your moving truck is will help to determine the storage unit space you need. But you also need to factor in space surrounding your belongings so that you have easy access. If you are just cramming all your items into too small a space, you will spend a lot of time moving and rearranging your boxes, etc around each time you have to visit and obtain an item.

Then there is location. Ideally, you will want to have immediate access to your storage unit, not one that will have you driving a distance to it. There seems to be storage units in just about every location. Obtaining one close by should not be a problem. At least find one that is as close as possible. Remember, that units closer to a city are more costly. So maybe you can save some money by finding one that is further away from you.

Choose a storage unit that fits your personal needs. Some have climate control and 24-hour access. One place I reviewed had this to say about climate control: “Climate control keeps your belongings safe from extreme temperatures. Most facilities that offer climate control will maintain your unit between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Climate control protects your items from warping, melting and discoloring. Opt for climate control if you’re storing items like leather furniture, antique woods, important documents, photos or electronics.”

This leads us to the factor of what you are planning on storing. You must be certain of any and all restrictions on what can and cannot be stored in a storage unit. Here is a short list I found online of items that are a no-no for storage:

  • Perishable items (like food and drink)

  • Plants

  • Animals

  • People (dead or alive)

  • Hazardous, noxious or flammable materials

  • Illegal drugs

  • Explosives, firearms and other weapons

Don’t forget to compare prices and read reviews about the storage units you find.

Most importantly, you need to be certain that your payment for the storage unit is done in a timely manner, so as not to lose your belongings. Storage units commonly rent on a month-to-month basis. That is because most people want a storage unit on a short term basis. However, there are some that have a long-term contract.

Call Missy Donaghy with Interiors for Seniors for a FREE consultation 321-279-3301.


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