We are always on the lookout for ways to save money in life and with self-storage, it’s no different. Self-storage has its perks, its ideal for creating extra space for either businesses or homeowners which potentially could improve prospects financially as well as freeing up some extra needed space at budget cost.
You may be thinking that renting a self-storage unit adds extra costs to ones budget, well yes it does cost money to hire self-storage units but in comparison to other means of creating extra space such as moving to a bigger office, buying a bigger home or renovation projects to create extra space, it’s essentially the most cost effective alternative.
Not only that, there are plenty of ways to cut costs with self storage unit hire by following some simple pointers, for more information on how to save money with self-storage look at these helpful tips below.
Money saving tips for self-storage seekers!
- Do you research
Shop around before you buy, there are many of self-storage facilities available some more budget friendly than others. Look out for the special offers as oftentimes first-time users can grab a good deal and seek their reviews because if others like them, chances are you will too.
- Sort out first
Having a good old sort out ‘is the key’ for anyone wanting to save money with storage; chances are many of the items you have may not need storing at all so there is no point paying for storage on items that could either be binned or sold on! Selling on is not bad idea actually, it could create some extra income to put towards the cost of self-storage so if you do have some items that you could be sold, now’s the time to do it.
Anything that is only bin worthy should be taking a journey to the tip rather than your self-storage unit, there are no benefits whatsoever in storing old, broken or unwanted items.
If any of your items could be given away, do the charitable thing now and start donating not only does it make you feel good, but it will also save on the pennies in the purse, in the long run.
- Choose the appropriate size unit
Now that we’ve addressed the sorting out phase it should give us a more realistic view when it comes to hiring the appropriate sized units. There is no point hiring a self-storage unit which has bags of left-over space because you are unable to fill it, it means you will be essentially paying for nothing, so to speak!
Get to grips with the sizes of self-storage units available by doing a little research and opt for the most suitable one, you could always upgrade to a much bigger unit later on if need be.
To give some sort of an idea about the sizes we’ve listed a quick “room size guide” here;
- 20sqft – 50 Medium Boxes | Contents Of Garden Shed | One Large Car Load
- 25sqft – 65 Medium Boxes | Contents Of Box Room | One Transit Van Load
- 35sqft – 90 Medium Boxes | Contents Of Studio Apt | One Transit Van Load Plus
- 50sqft – 115 Medium Boxes | Contents Of A 1 Bed Apartment | Two Transit Van Loads
- 75sqft – 175 Medium Boxes | Contents Of A 2 Bed House/Apartment | Three Transit Van Loads
- 100sqft – 235 Medium Boxes | Contents Of A 3 Bed House | Four Transit Van Loads
- Keep a check
Don’t make the mistake of storing and forgetting; keep a check on your usage regularly, discard what you don’t need, and downsize units if space becomes available to save costs.
Don’t sign into any long-term agreements if it’s not necessary. If you know that you only need to use self-storage for a short period, try signing a month to month contract for now so that you only pay for what you need.