Sometimes we all need some extra space. Perhaps your garage, basement or closet is bursting at the seams with valuable items you simply can’t do without. Perhaps you’re undertaking a move into a new home and need a place to keep a few things for a few weeks. Maybe you’re renovating or remodeling a room in your home and can’t fit your furniture elsewhere. Or maybe you’ve decided to downsize into a smaller apartment to save money on rent or live in a more desirable part of town. Or perhaps you’re struck with some unfortunate circumstance—a flooded basement, a damage attic—and need to move everything into a new space immediately. Whichever it is, there’s no solution more flexible, more affordable or more convenient than storage.
Moving: Perhaps the most common reason people need storage is as part of a move into a new home. The process of moving is never fun and the logistics can be difficult and tedious, which is why storage offers a stable, safe solution to some of the trickier moves. For example, it’s not uncommon for your new home to not be ready by the time you move out of your old home. But what can you do with your stuff while you wait for your new place to be finished? Put it in storage. Another common situation is not being able to move everything with one trip. If you can’t leave your things at your old home, where will you put them? Once again, storage offers an easy solution.
Renovating or remodeling: Remodeling or renovating your home or a room in your home can go a long way toward improving your quality of life. In the short term, however, it can be a major source of pain. When remodeling a room, you’re often forced to move the furniture elsewhere in your home, which can be quite inconvenient. If you’re remodeling your entire home, you won’t even have that option available. A storage unit can solve all of that by absorbing the furniture from the room or home being remodeled.
Downsizing: Moving into a smaller home or apartment has become a trend in recent years, as people either attempt to save on rent or live in a more desirable, expensive location. But this presents some downsizers with a problem: How do they fit all of those things that once filled their older, larger home into the new, smaller one? Though the best way to deal with this is to get rid of the things you don’t need, there are some things that would be far more expensive to buy again down the road than to keep in a storage unit, and so many of those who are downsizing have turned to that solution.
Cutting down on clutter: Are you stuck with congested closets? Is your basement buried in clutter? Is your attic awash with stuff? If you’re in need of extra space, storage is your solution.
College summers: While most college students relish their summer break, they often take a much more ambivalent attitude toward moving home—not because they’re trading roommates for parents, of course, but due to the fact that they’ll need to move everything out of their dorm, load up their car and lug it all back home. Storage can take the headache out of this entire process, allowing students to keep their things near campus for those three months.
Home staging: Try this scenario: Your Realtor tells you that in order to best show your home, you need to remove half of everything inside it. What do you do? Storage, once again, comes to the rescue. The cost of a month or two of storage can easily pay for itself when you sell your home for more than you would otherwise, due to the great impressions you’ve left on the buyers.
Emergencies: Finally, there are those times where life throws a curveball at us and an unexpected event suddenly disrupts life. Whether a natural disaster or a death in the family, these situations call for quick and reliable solutions, and for many of us storage is exactly that.
Examples of what to store:
- Holiday decorations
- Gardening and yard equipment
- Out-of-season sports equipment like skis
- Out-of-season clothing
- Clothes that you’re oldest kid has grown out of but you’re youngest kid will fit into one day
- Old school papers and text books for future reference
- College belongings