By Marty Reardon
There will come a time when we just grow out of our home or apartment, but we cannot just afford to pack up and move to another one. This is where getting a storage unit comes in. It is important to know the pros and cons of getting a storage unit before committing to one.
Pros of a Storage Unit
You can rent the size that you need. For example, if you just have a few items to store, you can choose a unit just big enough for these so that you are not putting out money for space that you will never use. If you need to store more in the future, you can simply talk to management about renting a larger unit.
Your items will be protected from the elements. Instead of storing your stuff in a leaky garage or a damp basement, you will have them in a dry area. Now, if you have temperature-sensitive items, be sure to rent a unit that is temperature controlled so that the unit does not get too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter. It is a good idea to put sensitive items on top of something and not on the floor just in case a flood occurs. Floods generally do not occur in all areas, but you can never be too safe.
Storage units tend to have pretty good security so your stored items will be safe. You can put your own lock on the door and the properties tend to have at least one security guard at the gate and have cameras and lights throughout the property.
You can come and go as you please to pull an item out or put a different item in storage. This is very convenient and will help to ensure that your home is never cluttered or full of items that you are not using at this time.
Cons of a Storage Unit
You will have to do all of the hauling and heavy lifting. For example, if you are storing a bedroom set that includes a bed frame, two dressers, a mattress, a boxspring and two side tables, you will have to load all of this into a truck that you will likely have to rent, drive to the facility and then unload these items by yourself, or find a few friends to help you. This can be exhausting, especially if you are often storing more items or pulling items out of storage.
The storage unit place may not be close to your home. Not all areas will have a nearby storage unit facility so when you are transferring items to and from storage, you may have a decent drive on your hands. Most people who live out in rural areas could have to drive an hour or more to get to their unit. If you do not go there often, this is not a really big deal, but if you are going once a month or more, this is something to consider.
Not all storage units are temperature-controlled. If the facility closest to you does not offer temperature control, you will not be able to store certain items that are temperature-sensitive. So, you will either need to go out and find one that is, such as an indoor storage facility or you will have to find another way to store your items for now.
About the author: Marty Reardon enjoys reviewing local self storage locations when he’s not blogging or writing for nextdoorselfstorage.com. In his free time he also finds time to be with his friends and family and go to local sporting events.