Self-Storage Resolutions for Homeowners
As we near the end of another year, we’re probably too afraid to look back at the resolutions we made in January. Yes, we pledged to lose weight and get out and exercise more, to put down the smart phone and wean off addictive texting and Facebook activity. Did we do well? Some of us, perhaps, but there’s always room for improvement. When it comes to cleaning up the house, this is a resolution we should enforce regularly, no matter the time of year. If your home is cluttered and you’re tired of hip-checking unnecessary furniture and stacks of boxes every time you walk through a room, this is the year to move stuff into storage.
It’s understandable that you may be reluctant to rent a storage unit. After all, it’s one more monthly expense to watch for, and you spend enough money on utilities and other things. However, in some cases a garage sale or generous donation to charity may not be an option for you – you could have heirloom objects you are saving for a child, or you may in transition to move into a large home. Still, why put up with close quarters because you don’t have enough closet space at home? Resolve to clear the floors and put unneeded items in storage until you need them.
It’s worth noting, too, that storage is more affordable than you think. You have your choice of unit sizes, and depending on where you go you’ll be able to access your unit after hours. So if you discover you need something late at night you can visit your secure storage facility with ease. It’s a good idea, too, to inquire about climate control in the units, especially if you plan to stow antiques. Older items may be sensitive to climate (which would explain why you don’t want to stash them outside the home), but as your tour potential facilities you should find what you need.
To follow through on your resolution to make space at home and make the most of self-storage, consider the following steps:
1) Scout out area facilities for the best rates and incentives (e.g. free rent in the first month, free locks, use of rental truck).
2) Determine what goes and what stays to figure out the size unit you’ll need.
3) Prepare a budget so you can factor in how much you will spend monthly for storage and still keep up with other bills.
Once you have it figured out, you’ll have extra stuff in storage and you can walk freely through the house again!