Renting a Storage Unit: Everything You Need to Know
We understand that renting your first storage unit can be a daunting task. There are so many factors to consider. You may be wondering what size unit you’ll need to store all your belongings, or whether or not climate-controlled storage is necessary. At Family Storage Space, our team of experts are ready to help you make these and other decisions to find the right storage solution for you. We’ve also outlined the basics of self storage to help guide you in this process.
All About Self Storage
In a nutshell, self storage is rented space where individuals can store personal items or things they use for business. This space is referred to as a storage unit and is usually rented month-to-month. Self storage has an advantage over full-service storage in that you can access your belongings at any time during operating hours. Access is not limited. Rather than depending on the storage facility to manage your belongings, you may pack and arrange the items in your unit however you see fit and add or remove items whenever you wish.
Common Reasons to Rent a Storage Unit
People choose to house their possessions in a storage unit for many different reasons. Here are some of the situations where renting a storage unit can be found useful.
People often find themselves (and their belongings) in limbo when there’s a move involved. If you’re transitioning between homes, living somewhere temporarily while trying to find housing, or moving to a different city, a storage unit can be beneficial.
The need for a storage unit can also arise out of various life events such as the care of a loved one’s estate, divorce, downsizing in retirement, or recovering from a catastrophic event. Self storage is a great option for dealing with whatever life throws at you.
If you’re struggling with space in your home or office, renting a storage unit is a much better option than having to move to a larger place. Simply relocate the things you still want to keep but don’t necessarily need on hand currently.
Though many people don’t think about this option, a storage facility is a great place to store that extra car, boat, RV, motorcycle, or trailer that’s currently taking up space in your garage or driveway.
A large home renovation can often necessitate clearing out furniture, appliances, and other belongings. Keeping them in a storage unit is a convenient way to keep them out of the way and protected from dust and debris.
A storage unit is a great option for business owners, contractors, and other professionals who need extra space to keep materials, equipment, inventory, files, or even business vehicles.
Students frequently find themselves needing extra space for things that won’t fit in a dorm room or just a place to stash their things for the summer or while studying abroad for a short time. Storage units are a perfect choice.
Active members of the military and their families often have to move from one base to another every few years. Self storage can be a huge help when those transitions arise.
Choosing the Right Storage Unit
Not all storage units or facilities are created alike, so there are a few things you’ll need to consider to help you choose the right place for your storage needs.
Your belongings are important to you. Make sure you’re entrusting them to a self storage facility that will keep them safe. At Family Storage Space we ensure your items are secure by having well-lit facilities, requiring electronic gate access, maintaining 24/7 video surveillance, and employing on-site resident managers.
When choosing a storage unit, you should be mindful of the general condition of the facility. If it isn’t maintained in a way that makes you feel comfortable about having your belongings there, then you shouldn’t rent a unit there. At Family Storage Space we take pride in our facilities. We care about you and your belongings. We want you to feel like your possessions are in good hands. And it shows.
At Family Storage Space we are never more than a phone call away to help you with every question you have or any problem that may arise. Our friendly, professional staff is here to help you with all of your storage needs. Don’t settle for any facility that offers less than the highest level of customer service when you need it most.
The best location in which to choose your storage unit will vary depending on your reason for renting it. If you’re moving to a new home, it makes sense to choose a facility close to your new place. If you’re storing work equipment, choose a location that’s central to where you do business. If you just need extra storage for things around the house, a place close to home is the best option.
When considering the price of a storage unit, you also need to consider factors like the size of the unit, the facility location, and extra amenities like climate control. Make sure you’re comparing apples to apples. Then pick the option that fits within your budget. Ask us about our competitive rates, move-in specials, and other discounts.
Types of Storage Unit Access
Here are a few of the different types of storage units and how they’re accessed.
This option is much like the garage of a home. Outdoor storage units allow you to pull your vehicle directly up to the storage unit to unload and load items. They’re incredibly convenient to access, with some even being able to accommodate semi-trucks.
10×20 Storage Unit
This size unit is essentially the size you would need to store the entire contents of a home. It’s big enough for large appliances, sofas, multiple bedroom sets, boxes, and more.
At Family Storage Space we offer secure vehicle storage for cars, vans, motorcycles, campers, boats, trailers, RVs, and other vehicles. Our available options include indoor and outdoor (some covered) storage.
Businesses have their own very unique needs when it comes to storage. And we have options available. We offer office spaces to accommodate small businesses, contractors, and other commercial clients. We also have warehouse spaces and workshop units and offer conveniences such as package delivery acceptance and other services.
Items that Can and Can’t Be Stored in Your Storage Unit
As the renter of a storage unit at Family Storage Space, you’re basically free to store whatever you want…with only a few exceptions. In short, we don’t allow anything that’s dangerous or illegal. If you have a question about a particular item you can always ask us to make sure it’s something that’s allowed on the property.
Items You CAN Store (Not an Exhaustive List)
- Sports equipment
- Lawn equipment
- Business items
Items You CAN’T Store (Not Limited To)
- Vehicles not in working order
- Flammable or combustible items (e.g. gas, car batteries, propane tanks, etc.)
Self Storage Insurance
Your storage unit and its contents are often covered by your homeowners or renters insurance policy (Consult with your agent to be certain.). However, Family Storage Space also offers our own insurance to help fill in the gaps. Purchasing insurance through us can give you the benefit of additional coverage. It can also help eliminate the possibility of your insurance premiums increasing in the event that a loss were to occur. Ask us for more information about insuring your unit and belongings.
Self Storage Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Will I have to sign a contract?
A: Self storage leases at Family Storage Space are month-to-month, so you don’t have to worry about any long-term contracts. Stay only as long as you need!
Q: How tall are storage units?
A: Our typical storage units are eight feet tall. But we do have some spaces that can accommodate larger items. We also have shorter units that allow you to save money if you don’t need the additional height.
Q: Can I store a vehicle in my storage unit?
A: Yes! We allow the storage of all types of vehicles at Family Storage Space, as long as they are in working condition.
Q: Can I live in a storage unit?
A: No. Living or sleeping in a storage unit is against the law and is prohibited at Family Storage Space.
Q: May I use a storage unit as a workshop?
A: No. Tenants are not allowed to use their storage space as a workshop.
Q: Do I need to insure my storage unit?
A: Yes. Your storage unit must be insured. Consult your insurance agent to determine if your homeowners or renters policy provides coverage, or ask us for more information about the self storage insurance we offer.