Hiring a Storage Space? Here’s What You Need to Know


If you’ve recently moved, you know how it can be a stressful time for the entire family! Excitement is often mixed with nostalgia and a bit of frustration, honestly – when did we ever get so much stuff and what should we do with them now?!

Moving into a new home is one of the reasons where people start considering hiring a storage space. In this guide, you can find information about the different types of storage units, price, and other useful tidbits to consider before placing your stuff into a storage space.

Types of Storage Units

There are two types of storage units:

  1. Outdoor that is not climate controlled. Therefore not recommended for storing papers and valuable items.
  2. Indoor which are mostly climate controlled with higher levels of security. This type of storage is convenient for storing books and other valuable items.

types of storage

Things to Consider

If you are looking for a storing services provider here are things you should consider in the decision-making process:

1.     Think about the size

Do not rent large storage units if you do not need them.

2.     Insurance

If you are planning to store valuable objects such as vehicles, you will probably want to rent a unit that is insured. Do not hesitate to ask what insurance covers.

3.     Security

Ask the service provider do they have video surveillance. Some companies even provide access codes for their customers. Security might be an issue especially when it comes to outdoor units. Make sure to ask if the neighborhood is safe and does the police patrol on a regular basis.

All of these factors dictate the price that can vary between $70 and a couple of hundreds of dollars per month.

Useful Tips

Before renting a storage unit, first, make sure to know how much space you need. Throw away all the stuff you don’t need. This method will help you save money because bigger the space – higher the rent.

label your boxes

Label everything! This will make a certain object much easier to find later on. Also, it would be a great idea to put the boxes on pallets, especially if you rent an outdoor storage. In case of a storm or a flood, your items will be safe.