Article by Jordan Rocksmith
Finding a storage unit that is within your budget that also meets your size needs can be a taxing process. Prices on storage units can vary based on size, your geographical location, and what the interior of the unit contains (such as carpeting, electronic monitoring, etc.) If your goal is to find the most affordable, yet safe, storage unit available simply follow the advice given below.
1. Determine your Budget
The first thing you need to do is determine how much money you are willing to spend each month on your storage unit. Once you have set a budget, stick to it! Just keep the following in mind: most storage unit providers require a deposit and they may even require first and last month’s rent, just like a landlord renting out an apartment would. Factor this into your budgeting equation so that you aren’t surprised when this fee arises.
2. Determine your Size Needs
The next step in finding an affordable unit is to determine how much size you will need. As logic would dictate, the larger the unit the more money it will cost per month. However, your goal here is to shop around. You may find a small, out-of-the-way proprietor who offers larger units at lower prices because people simply don’t know about his or her services. Shop around and try to stay within your size constraints for the unit, your budget will thank you.
3. Don’t Pay for What You Don’t Need
As stated before, many storage facilities offer amenities that are nice, but often not necessary for casual use. If you aren’t storing sensitive pictures or documents, you really don’t need to pay extra money for a climate controlled unit. Also, paying extra for carpeting and other such amenities are not necessary if you are simply piling furniture and other large items into the facility. These amenities can drive the cost of your unit up significantly, so make sure you eschew the ones that you absolutely don’t need.
If you follow the advice outlined above you will be able to find an affordable storage unit that works well for your specific needs. It takes a little elbow grease to find the perfect deal, but that time is well spent as it will save you money in the long run.