For storage of household goods, people generally prefer storage units. These are units with a garage like rolling shutter on one side. They are available in standard sizes. They have a built-in locking system or an external locking arrangement.
Storage units are generally climate controlled so as to keep your belongings protected against hot and cold weather conditions. They also provide a protection from humidity. These units also have the option of electrical access. Units are available with a flexibility of 24-hour access.
Need for storage of personal goods:
- When you are shifting to a new home:
- When you are renovating your home:
- When you are downsizing your home:
- When students have a summer break:
- For Home staging:
- In case of emergencies:
When moving to a new home, a temporary storage may be required if the new house is not ready. It may also be required when all the material to be shifted might require multiple trips.
When remodelling or renovating your home, you might need to move out your furniture. At such times a storage unit comes in handy.
When you are moving into an apartment which is smaller than your old home, you might require storage space. This is because it might be difficult to dispose of all the extra items. You might also want to keep some valuable items.
Students would be required to vacate their college/school accommodation. The options before them are either to carry all their belongings home or shift them to a storage unit. Most students opt for the latter.
If you are planning to sell your home, your agent might suggest that you remove extra stuff. This is because an uncluttered home will have a better appeal to the prospective customers. In such cases, you will need space to store the extra items.
When you are affected by a natural disaster or there is a death in the family, you will need storage space.
Storage units are available in a variety of sizes:
5’*5′ (25 sqft); 5’*10′ (50 sqft); 10’*10′(100 sqft); 10’*15′(150 sqft); 10’*20′(200 sqft); 10’*30′(300 sqft)
A few factors to be borne in your mind before renting a storage unit are:
- Read the terms and conditions of your contract carefully.
- Maintain an inventory of the items stored.
- It is a good idea to insure your belongings.
- Negotiate your storage rental.
A storage unit is required by almost every household at some stage. It is usually rented for a short-term. Its selection should be such that it accommodates all the material and is conveniently located.