It would be nice to have closets like they do at Hogwarts, where you can keep stuffing the space with everything you own and you never run out of room. Unfortunately, many of us live in older homes, built during a time when people presumed we would not collect so much. If you're limited on closets and storage at home, you may have considered renting a self-storage unit to keep the house free of clutter. It's a great solution, especially if you have no plans to sell anything. So, what's stopping you from renting a unit?
Of course, money. Unless you know a willing relative with an extra closet, or have access to a cave nobody visits, you probably will not find good storage space for free. If you feel you've already taxed with bills and rent and other expenses, tacking on another monthly payment for storage may seem too much for your wallet. In truth, storage may be more affordable than you think, and rental companies regularly offer deals and discounts to new and established customers. You just have to know where to look.
As you price the various companies in your area, you will look for a number of things. Location is a prime factor in your decision, as you do not want to drive too far to retrieve things from storage. Even if one rental company is a fair drive away and cheaper, you have to weigh out the cost of gas versus the price of the unit. Is it economic to pay a bit more and drive less? Make sure you take notes on every place you visit.
A few perks you'll want to look for include:
1) Truck rental specials. Most storage facilities offer truck rentals so people can make one large haul from the house. You'll find some places will entice new renter with a free one-time use of a truck. If you have no way to move everything in one trip, look for a special like this.
2) First month free. It's nice to get into a storage space and do not have to worry about immediately paying the bill. The first month free deal is a common promotion to bring in new renters, and it's a good special if you know you'll have cash flow but not immediately.
3) Military discounts. If you serve, storage facilities may be especially helpful to you. Ask about discounts in your area.
4) No long-term commitments. Another concern about renting is the fear of being locked into a contract. If you prefer to rent month to month, make sure the deal you sign stipulates that you can cancel when you wish. You may have to give advance notice, but it's better than waiting out a contract and paying for months you do not need storage.
Self-storage is a viable and affordable solution to your home clutter problem. Take care to find the right deal for you.