Minimizing the Costs of Self-Storage

Posted on: 26 September 2016

What do you need if you want to rent a self-storage facility but don't want to spend too much money? Many people would tell you to compare quotes and haggle for the lowest price possible. However, haggling can only get you so far, and you may need other ways to lower your storage costs further. The following tips will help.

Don't Go for Features You Don't Need

Self-storage facilities come with many useful features, but some of those features may be superfluous to your needs. It makes sense for feature-rich storage facilities to charge higher rates than basic facilities. Therefore, depending on what you wish to store, you can save money by considering only the features for which you have a real need.

Here are some features you may or may not need:

  • Climate control
  • Round-the-clock accessibility
  • Extra-wide driveways

For example, climate control might make sense if you want to store books but not if you want to store farm equipment that is normally used outdoors. One thing you shouldn't compromise on is excellent security; the rest you can pick according to your needs.

Practice and Master Organization 

Getting organized is one skill you need irrespective of what you want to store. This is something you should practice before even taking your items to the storage place; merely throwing things into the storage area can lead to unnecessarily high rates. Use the following tips to make the most out of the available space:

  • Place larger items near walls so they can act as bases for the smaller items.
  • Break down furniture; you can assemble it later when you come for the collection.
  • Place tables upside down so you can place more items on them.
  • Every item that can hold smaller items should do so; for example, pots can hold cutlery.

Combine Your Items with Those of Another Person

Storage facilities come in different sizes and shapes, so you can usually find a space that satisfies your needs. However, you may still waste money if you only have a handful of things to store. In such a case, consider leasing a storage place together with another friend or other friends. For example, if you are a student going on vacation and just need a small place for your books and clothes, you can rent a space with your best friend to save on costs. Of course, you should only do this with someone you would normally trust with those items. Talk to a company such as Northwest Self Storage for more information.

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