A storage unit is a great asset if you are looking to reduce clutter in your home or get ready for a move. There are many options available that can store everything, from clothes and other small items to cars and appliances. It can be difficult to choose between the many options available. This guide will help you choose the best storage unit for your belongings.
Types of storage
There are two main types of storage units. They are self-storage or full-service. Each type has its own pros and cons.
- Self-storage: This is the most popular storage unit option, and you’ll find both indoor and outdoor facilities. While you are responsible for moving and placing your items in your unit, you have full access to them whenever you need. Self-storage units are often available with month-to-month billing. This makes them a great short-term option.
- Full-service: If you’re looking for a hands-off experience, this could be a good option for you. These companies will pick up your items from your home and place them in their storage facility. They may even give you boxes. The company will schedule pick-up and drop off times. They’ll also provide a storage list to help you keep track of what you have stored. This convenience comes at a cost. The storage location will not allow you to access the items. However, you can request to collect the items by notifying the company. You may have to store items for a minimum period of time, which could be several months.
Most companies offer storage units in various sizes. These can range from 5×5, which is perfect for a few boxes, a desk, or a small chair, up to 10×30, which can hold the contents of a three- or four-bedroom home. Other sizes and the amount they can hold are:
- 5×10: two medium to large pieces of furniture and boxes
- 5×15: bedroom furniture and boxes
- 10×10: small apartment
- 10×15: two-bedroom home
- 10×20: two- to three-bedroom home
If you have difficulty judging how your items will fit in a space, take some painter’s tape and mark off the measurement on the ground in an open area like your garage, basement, or driveway. To test how your items fit, you can add some empty boxes and a few other items. If you are between two sizes, you can add a few items and empty boxes to see if they fit. This will protect your belongings as well as keep you safe when moving and stacking them. You might also consider looking through your belongings before packing them up to move to a storage facility. You might be able get a smaller unit which will save you money each month.
If you require regular access to your storage unit you should choose a facility near your home. Depending on where you live, this convenience can come with an additi