8 reasons to rent a self storage unit

8 reasons to rent a self storage unit

Why do people use self storage?

Self storage units come in a wide range of sizes, from lockers to large rooms, and people use them for all sorts of reasons. If you’ve never used a self storage unit before, you might not realise just how versatile and useful that extra space can be! Here are just 8 reasons why you might choose to rent a self storage unit.

1. Moving house

If you’re moving house, there might be a gap between leaving your old house and moving into your new home. Perhaps you’ve secured a buyer for your property and you don’t want to lose the sale just because your new house isn’t ready yet; or maybe you need to carry out some work on your new property before you move in. 

All your household contents, furniture and furnishings can be kept safely in a self storage unit for as long as you need. Your removals company could take your contents directly to your unit and unload them into your storage room (many units have drive-up room access and loading bays available). 

The size of unit you’ll need will depend on how much you need to store. As a rough guide, the contents of a one-bedroomed flat would fit into a 3m2 unit; a large two-bedroom house would fit into a 10m2 unit; and 12m2 would comfortably accommodate the entire contents of a large family home and shed.

2. Downsizing

If your children have flown the nest and you’re ready to move to a smaller home, or you need to downsize for financial reasons, you may find you have more furniture than will fit into your new home. 

You could sell, gift or donate your excess household contents, but if you have items such as spare beds, wardrobes and sofas/tables, you could store them in your self storage unit for future use by family members, or for when you move back to a larger property. 

3. Business stock and equipment

Traditional warehouse storage for business stock, tools and equipment usually comes with a lengthy commercial contract, which may not be flexible enough for your business. Renting a storage unit in which to keep your tools, equipment, stock and archives is an affordable, versatile alternative. Rental periods are much shorter, so if you need more or less space, you can easily switch to a larger or smaller unit at the end of your existing contract. 

4. Divorce/separation

If you’ve separated from your partner or spouse, you may have to rent a small property for an interim period whilst you and your ex agree the terms of your separation/divorce. Many people simply leave all of the household contents behind because of a lack of space in their new, temporary property, and then have to buy new items to furnish the house they eventually settle in. It can be much cheaper to rent a self storage unit to store your share of the household contents until you have space for them in your long-term property.

5. House renovation/redecoration

No matter how tidy and careful you are, if you’re having work carried out on your property or doing some DIY, there’s a good chance your belongings will get covered in dust or paint, or otherwise damaged in the process. It’s also really hard work to decorate or carry out renovations when you have to work around large items of furniture!

Use your self storage unit to store your furniture and soft furnishings in a clean, dry environment until the work is complete.

6. Online retail storage

If you’re an online retailer, you have the luxury of not having to pay commercial rent, taxes or rates to run a physical shop. You still need somewhere to store your stock, though, and if your business has outgrown your ability to run it from your home then a self storage unit can make a great base. You can use it to store your stock, and can also set up a packaging area to make sure your goods get sent to your customers without delay.

7. Student storage 

If you’re studying away from home but return home for the holidays, you may feel uncomfortable leaving all your belongings behind in your student digs. Sadly, burglaries of student accommodation are much more common during the holidays precisely because thieves know that those properties are likely to be empty for several weeks at a time. To keep your belongings safe without having to take everything home and squeeze them into your parents’ home, you can rent a self storage unit (a 1m2 locker should be fine) until you’re ready to go back to university.

8. Seasonal items

Belongings such as Christmas decorations, sports equipment or camping gear can take up a lot of room at home, and can easily become damaged if they’re crammed into a cupboard or loft. Self storage units are great for these items because you can leave them there for several weeks or months and retrieve them whenever you need them. 

You can store all sorts of things in a self storage unit. If you don’t have enough storage space at home or work, a self storage unit provides a secure, clean and dry space for you to use for however long you need. You could treat your self storage unit as a mini extension of your home - somewhere to store everything that won’t fit comfortably at home or work - for far less than it would cost to move into a larger property.

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shammy p | 07 May 2022 at 01:55 AM
Thanks for pointing out the need to rent a storage unit while your house is undergoing a renovation to keep your belongings in a clean, dry environment. My husband and I will then start finding a personal storage unit that we can rent two weeks from now. We will have the house renovated and have all the walls repainted, so it will make sense for us to do your tips.
Anna Collins | 21 April 2022 at 08:45 AM
Thanks for mentioning that you can opt for renting self-storage units if you're thinking of downsizing and need space to hold your excess household items. We're moving into a new house this summer, but since it's smaller than our previous residence, we don't have enough space to keep all our furniture. We'll have to make sure we book a self-storage unit before the day of our move.
Mats Wolff | 19 April 2022 at 12:19 PM
Its amazing when you said that self-storage units are available in a variety of sizes. My aunt is shifting offices next month and wants to hire a self storage unit to store some of her furniture there temporarily. Thanks for the information on self storage units and I will definitely be sharing your blog with her!
Bea A | 28 March 2022 at 10:37 PM
Thanks for pointing out that you can rent a storage unit in order to safely store your furniture and furnishings while your house is undergoing a renovation. This is something that I will share with my sister because she mentioned over dinner last Thursday that she is planning to have her house renovated to create a bigger floor area. What she wants is to ensure that her collections of fabrics and books won't get damaged all throughout the project.
Charlotte Fleet | 22 March 2022 at 12:01 AM
I love how you suggest renting a self-storage unit while your house is being renovated to protect your furniture and belongings. My mom and dad are renovating the kitchen of their house. I will suggest that they find a reputable self-storage facility to keep their things in until the renovation is finished.
shammy p | 19 March 2022 at 05:31 AM
It got my attention when you said that your belongings could end up covered in dust or paint when you renovate your house, so you must consider renting a storage unit. This is exactly what I need because I am thinking of renovating my house to achieve a more modern and newer look and vibe for my house. For sure, I never want to compromise the safety of my valuables, so your tips are helpful.
Mats Wolff | 31 January 2022 at 05:43 AM
Its interesting when you said that a large two-bedroom house would fit into a 10m2 unit. My aunt wants to declutter her items and later donate them but she does not know where to store all her bulky items. I suggested her to get a self storage unit and I will definitely share your blog with her!
Jeff Carbine | 30 November 2021 at 12:40 PM
I appreciate the reminder that if you’re moving house, there might be a gap between leaving your old house and moving into your new home. My plan is to rent personal storage where I can keep some of my valuables since my apartment can no longer accommodate all my artwork and vase collections. I will surely do your tips to have peace of mind that unauthorized people won’t be able to access them.
Ava Murphy | 27 November 2021 at 01:06 PM
It made sense to me when you said that you can store your furniture and soft furnishings in a clean environment when you rent a storage unit while your house is being renovated. My husband and I are planning to have our house renovated early next month since we want our place to look modern. Since we need to ensure that our valuables would be kept damage-free, we will be sure to do your tips.
shammy p | 25 November 2021 at 06:39 PM
It made sense to me when you said that there is a good chance your belongings will get covered in dust or paint when you are having work carried out on your property. With this in mind, I will be sure to consider renting a self-storage unit before the renovation of my house starts next month. I want to ensure that I will be able to keep my books and precious vases safe from any damages as they are my prized possessions. Thanks for sharing this.
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