Tuesday, October 31, 2023
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Tuesday, October 24, 2023
Full-service storage usually has a higher monthly fee than self-storage, but depending on your situation, the cost difference may be worth it.
Self-storage is usually best for long-term storage. You’ll move things into storage yourself by renting a U-Haul or paying for movers, and you’ll put your own lock on the storage unit. You can access it whenever you want and get things out as you need. However, that also means it’s not the most secure storage option since members of the public can also easily access your storage unit. If you choose self-storage, just make sure you invest in decent security for your unit.
Full-service storage is a little more pricey than self-storage. However, the benefit is that full-service storage providers take care of your belongings from the beginning to the end of the process. Movers will pick things up from your home, sometimes even packing them for you, and then bring them back on demand.
The caveat is that you have limited access to your belongings once they are in storage, unlike the 24/7 accessibility of self-storage. Suppose you’re storing valuable items or leaving belongings in storage long-term (while you’re out of town or traveling overseas, for example). In that case, full-service storage is the most secure option available.
Saturday, October 21, 2023
Rental length also impacts how much it costs to rent a storage unit. As a general rule, long-term rentals are always cheaper than short-term rentals.
When you store your belongings long-term, the monthly cost to rent a storage unit often decreases because storage providers offer discounts to long-term renters. If you agree to rent a storage unit for six months, for example, most storage providers will offer a 15-30% discount on the monthly rate.
For short-term storage, the cost to rent a storage unit will be slightly higher. However, watch for “first month free” or “first month discounted” deals at storage providers. These deals can often decrease how much it costs to rent a storage unit. Just make sure you’re aware of the fine print — if there’s a first-month discount, you have to agree to rent storage for two months or more.
Wednesday, October 18, 2023
Sunday, October 15, 2023
When determining how much it will cost to rent a storage unit, you must consider if you need a climate-controlled unit. Climate and humidity-control features typically keep a storage unit at temperatures above freezing and below 90 degrees and at a humidity of about 45% to 50%. This protects items at risk of mildew, mold, corrosion, or rust.
Before choosing a climate-controlled storage unit, be aware that this feature usually comes at a 20-50% premium. That means if it costs $50 a month to rent a regular storage unit, a climate-controlled unit would be closer to $60-$75 per month. If you’re renting storage long-term, this additional cost could add up quickly.
So how do you know if you need climate control? If you are packing your storage unit with photos, electronics, wooden or leather furniture, or documents, renting a climate-controlled storage unit is worth the extra cost.
If you’re storing belongings for an extended period, climate control is also essential to protect items from weather and humidity fluctuations. If you’re storing items for one month, it’s usually fine to disregard climate control. However, you may still need climate control even for short periods if you’re storing items during extreme outdoor temperatures, like during summer in the South).
Thursday, October 12, 2023
How much it costs to rent a storage unit is determined by more than just size. Geographical location also significantly impacts how much it costs to rent a storage unit. For example, a unit that costs $30 a month in suburban Pennsylvania could cost double or even triple in downtown Philadelphia.
If you’re storing your belongings for several months while you travel overseas or transition between homes, you could save hundreds of dollars by choosing a storage provider farther away from a major city. However, if you need to access what you’re storing regularly, you may need to go with a more expensive, convenient option within your city or town. Ultimately, just be sure to compare prices in your area and choose the best option for your needs and budget.
Monday, October 9, 2023
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1. Determine how much space you need in a storage unit.
Tuesday, October 3, 2023
When you pack furniture for a storage unit, take it apart as much as possible. For items like dresser drawers that can’t be broken down, pack smaller boxes and fragile items in the drawers and underneath. Get creative!
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