Self Storage Units

By: Penny Dietrick

If youíre moving, planning a relocation to a new town, or youíre just tired of not having enough living space and want to clear out some room in your home or business, a self storage unit can help. All of us have items that we donít need to keep around, but simply donít want to throw away. And our attics, basements, and garages simply get filled up after a while.

Transportation is the first hurdle youíll need to overcome in order to get your things into a storage unit. Unless you have a pickup truck or van, youíll need to rent a moving truck. Youíre usually better off choosing the largest truck you can afford to assure that all of your furnishings, personal belongings, and valuables will fit into the truck in a single load and can be transported in a single trip. If you have a lot of junk to store, many national moving truck rental firms have large vehicles around 24-26 feet long which are capable of carrying the contents of an entire home and can even tow a car behind them if you need it. They also have smaller vehicles which are cheaper to rent and get better gas mileage if you donít mind making multiple trips or donít have that much stuff to move into storage.

The concept behind self storage is simple: You take your goods or items to their facility, pay them a fee, and in return they provide you with a storage unit where you can keep your items safe and secure for a contracted period of time. Units are available monthly, quarterly or for an entire year or more, making it a fantastic solution for individuals, small businesses, or large corporations.

You can store almost anything you want. The most common items are household goods, furniture, antiques, appliances, clothing, as well as sensitive items like important business and personal documents. The renter is provided with a key or a security code, and in some cases can provide their own lock, allowing them to easily check or access their goods at their convenience, normally 24 hours per day, and seven days a week.

Anything from a few boxes to an automobile can be stored safely and conveniently. Spaces range in size from a small closet to a large room or garage, with warehouse sized space or outdoor enclosures big enough to house a recreational vehicle.

Thereís no need to build your own shed or building to house belongings, which can take up valuable space on your property, and thereís no reason to clutter up your own garage, basement, attic, or spare bedroom with items you donít want to get rid of but simply donít have the space to store. Storage units cost a fraction of the expense of building your own storage space.

There are facilities located everywhere, from small towns in rural areas to large metropolitan cities. Each company varies as to their costs, terms, and availability of space or range of services, so do some research before selecting a site. The vast number of self storage facilities coupled with the number of areas these facilities can be found in makes it a convenient and close option, and cuts down on travel time and costs to and from your stored items. Whether youíre moving, relocating, or just need somewhere to keep a few things, self storage is a fantastic and affordable solution.

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