Five Things to Consider when Choosing Storage
09 December 2013

If you are reading this then you have likely decided that you need to put a few bits and pieces in to storage. If that is you, then you are not alone, thousands of people use storage every day, so there must be some rhyme and reason to it. We tend to break the rules for selecting the right storage down in to five things to consider when choosing storage. They fall under the following headings.

Size. If you do not know how much space you need, then you should work it out pretty quickly, or you may have to make a panicked decision and get it wrong, which can be very expensive. If you know that your items fit into a space at present, like a cupboard, garage or van, then it is easy to get a storage space that is similar. If you are not this lucky, then you should attempt to visualize the items in a room in your house that you know is a similar size to the units available. If this is not working for you, or you do not trust your spatial perception, then try stacking the items against a wall outside, and putting tape down around them in a square, to get the volume of the perfect space. This should give you a good idea as to what sort of size your locker will need to be.

Location. Where should your items be in relation to where you live? If you can get a good deal on a unit that is quite far away, then it may be worth the trouble if you are not going to visit your items very often. If you are someone who needs to check on their items quite regularly, then the savings will likely be outweighed by the costs of travelling, so be careful. Rent in urban areas is higher than those in the countryside, so be aware of this when selecting a locker if you live in the city. Space is obviously of a premium and it may be more economical to go toward the suburbs.

Type of storage is important. Some storage on offer will be in converted barns or garages that do not offer much protection to your items. If your items are quite hardy, then the saving s that you can make may well be worth it, but if you have valuables in there that are susceptible to rot, damp, rodents, pests or adverse temperature changes, then it is highly unlikely that the risk is worthwhile, in all honesty.

Time. How long will you be renting your unit? If you know that you will need the unit for quite a long time, then you can likely sort out a deal with the owner of the unit to have it that long for a reduced rate. This will be very attractive for the landlord as the promise of money coming in is worth taking a hit on the costs. Make sure that you plan effectively so that you can choose the right storage for the length of time that you need it for.

Value. Pretty much everything in the above key points are geared towards getting the best value from your storage, as otherwise it is a worthless practice. You should only store that which is vitally important or valuable, otherwise it is not worth the vast amounts of money that storage can costs. Think of it like this, how many months of storage will you need to pay before you have paid for the items in storage twice?

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