Maybe you are about to move, maybe you simply have too much stuff, or maybe your wife wants you to get all your junk out of the basement so your in-laws can move in. Whatever the case, one of the best ways to declutter and organize the house is to take advantage of storage facilities.
Like all major decisions, there are pros and cons to renting storage space, and considering them before the decision is made will allow you to feel more comfortable with where your stuff is going.
Items are kept safe and secure
The large storage units are weatherproof and keep mice and other animals away from your things. They are also kept sealed and locked by a key code or physical key, and many homeowners’ insurance policies, or add-on insurance available from the storage company, offer protection against damage and theft.
Only you can access your items, and it gives a sense of security that the items are still yours and the unit is more like an away from home garage that you can go to easily.
Flexible rental time
If you’re like most of us, you don’t know the exact amount of time that you will need to rent the space, which is why the vast majority of self-storage rentals work on a month-to-month basis. Some storage units Scottsdale facilities offer discounts for signing a longer-term contract or even a free first month. These deals are always worth asking about, particularly when renting during a transition period such as moving to a new home or subletting an apartment.
Less household clutter
Are you tired of shuffling around the Christmas decorations in the garage? What about the boxes of accumulated financial records? You can’t beat a nearby storage facility for keeping seasonal or infrequently used items out of the way yet easily accessible. Storage lockers are always available and you can keep items there as long as you like.
Easy to forget
Using a storage unit as a holding space for things you just don’t know what to do with is all too easy. For a lot of people, storage spaces can become a black hole that sucks up forgotten items as well as the monthly fees. Keep a detailed inventory and set aside time at least twice a year to visit and throw out, or donate unused items.
Premium amenities come with additional costs
Are you paying for a prime location and/or 24-hour access but only visiting the unit two or three times a year? How valuable, really, are the items you’re storing and do they really require the extra security options that might be included in the rental price? Be sure that the services you’re paying for are all needed.
Renting storage space is becoming increasingly popular for good reasons. Just be sure to use the space wisely and do your homework on the pricing for various services to find the right storage facility.