Self storage units are popping up all over the place so you generally don’t have to look too hard to find one. There are some large public chains like Public Storage as well as smaller independent storage facilities. Most of them have a similar setup in that they have several units and an onsite manager that works and sometimes lives in an attached apartment effectively guarding your belongings, managing the facility, and keeping the premises clean and in good working order. Why do you think self storage units have become so popular? I think it is because people have figured out several ways to use them effectively to improve their lives. Here are just seven of the possible reasons that people use self storage units:
Moving – Temporary Storage
Sometimes when people move to a new home they either have excess furniture or belongings that just won’t fit in their new home. Yet, they just aren’t ready to part with all that great stuff. This is a really great reason to rent a storage unit. Of course, it could also be possible that you have some temporary construction projects at your home and don’t have space in your home for the furniture you need to clear out to remodel. If you have a temporary need for storage, regardless of the reason then self storage units are perfect for you. Do keep in mind though that this type of storage is prone to becoming permanent. You know the old saying “out of sight means out of mind.”
In general it is very difficult and sometimes against the covenants of the home owners association or neighborhood you live in to keep a boat or RV at your home. One great way to keep your boat and to know that it is safely stored is to rent a storage facility. This also holds true for motorcycles, jet skis, snowmobiles, and other vehicles that take up a lot of space and/or need good storage options when their use is seasonal.
Basement No More – Lack of Storage
In several parts of the country there are no basements to store any extra items you accumulate. Self storage units are a great alternative when closet space, attic space, and cupboard space is just not enough. This is an example of using self storage in a more permanent way… almost as an extension of your home. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this and again can be a lot more economical than finding housing with enough storage to hold all of your belongings.
Life Change – Moving/In Out With Friends and Family
As we go through life… things happen. College students move out of the house and then often back home for the Summer and this can cause a need for temporary self storage. Sometimes a job loss can cause us to have to move in with friends or family or even a loss of a significant other (break-up, sickness, death). There are lots of life events that can cause us to need to down-size and/or temporarily store our at least some items in a self storage unit.
Document Storage – Keep Your Records Safe
Whether it is your personal tax documents or records from your small or large business, one of the most common uses of storage units is for keeping permanent records. Many companies and/or individuals have record retention policies and those records take up a phenomenal amount of space. A great way to reclaim that space at the office or at home is to keep those documents in a storage facility.
Clothing Storage – Seasonal or Other Reasons
Another great use of storage units is for rotating your seasonal clothing. Sweaters, coats, and other Winter items can be really bulky and take up a lot of excess space in the Spring, Summer, and Fall. This actually happens year-round with various items getting rotated. If you are short on closet space you can usually pick up a small climate controlled storage unit to use in this way and avoid cluttering up your home with clothes you can’t wear. Speaking of clothes you can’t wear… as we gain and lose weight we also have to buy additional clothing. If you tend to slide up and down the scale then you might want to have a storage unit for your “big” and “small” clothes (whichever happen to not fit this month).
Excess or Inventory for a Business
If you run a small business you may not have room at your home for all your inventory. This could range from people that are in various businesses like Mary Kay, Nikken, or Amway. Actually, it could be any type of business. Inventory generally takes warehousing space and if you don’t have it readily available to you then you can find ample supply of warehousing space at self storage facilities.
However you decide to use storage units we hope that you keep them in mind and realize that there are many people just like you that have had a storage need and found their solution through self storage facilities located across the country. So now I have provided some reasons why self storage facilities are popping up on street corners all over the U.S. People have lots of reasons for needing self storage and as the demand goes up, so too does the supply.