Self-storage units are an incredibly versatile solution for a wide range of everyday scenarios. In many of these situations, self-storage doesn’t just offer a practical solution to a problem but can also be a money-saving option.
Read on to find how a self-storage unit can save you money.
The financial sense of using a self-storage unit
A lack of storage space can cause us to make spur-of-the-moment decisions that we often regret and can end up putting us out of pocket. Both businesses and individuals often make rash decisions that are purely short-term and that they feel forced into.
But here is where a self-storage unit can step in and save the day. Firstly, they are cheaper than many people imagine. At U Store It, our prices start from a few euros per week. Additionally, there are no long-term contracts to worry about – If you need a unit to ride out a short-term overstock problem, then a self-storage unit can be rented for as little as a couple of weeks at a time. If you need longer-term storage, this isn’t a problem either.
In effect, a self-storage unit can take the strain from your storage needs for exactly as long as you need it.
This versatility and low cost mean that there are many occasions that self-storage can be a money saver.
Saving money with a self-storage unit
It is impossible to list every situation where a self-storage unit can be used as a money-saving tool. So, in no particular order, here are just a few ways you can save money with a self-storage unit:
Never miss a bargain
Business owners are often given opportunities to buy stock at reduced prices. This could be out-of-season stock or a supplier trying to reduce an overstock.
For whatever reason, businesses often miss out on such opportunities simply because of a lack of storage space. This is easily remedied, a self-storage unit offers a clean, dry, and secure stock storage space that allows businesses to take advantage of special offers without overfilling already cramped stock rooms.
Hang onto excess belongings
It is always sad to dispose of things away simply because of a lack of space. And ultimately, while there is usually a sentimental value to such items, often there is also a monetary value that can increase in time.
Items like antiques, collectables, paintings, and even old computers can suddenly become incredibly valuable. As an extreme example, older Apple computers can reach values that run into hundreds of thousands of euros.
Antiques and antique furniture is another hot area. This is often where money can be easily lost.
For instance, consider a case where you have inherited a set of antique furniture. There is a very good chance that this won’t look right in a modern house, and the temptation to make a quick sale is always present. But antiques can range in value wildly over time and even from dealer to dealer. Placing them in self-storage until you know their value, or the market dictates a better price is a wiser option.
A little bit of foresight and maybe a little research before you dispose of belongings that could potentially soar in value could pay dividends.
Use it for storing baby items
When the pitter-patter of tiny feet gives way to the demands of a five-year-old, then the temptation is to off-load all the clutter from those ever so short toddler years. Cots and toys, car seats and pushchairs are all expensive items and are used for a relatively short period.
It could be that you are not sure whether or not more children are the order of the day. Or it could be that you plan a year or two of a break between kids. Whatever the reason, all that baby gear is just going to be clutter in the meantime.
Using self-storage in between new arrivals to the family unclutters the household and saves you the expense of having to repurchase all those expensive items.
Protecting seasonal items
In Ireland, we know all about the vagaries of the seasons. Long, harsh winters followed by short summers means items like garden furniture deteriorate rapidly if not stored correctly.
A self-storage unit can greatly extend the life of seasonal belongings by protecting them from the elements when not in use. Garden furniture is just one example of where this is useful, others include items such as:
- Seasonal businesses like landscapers or forestry
- Seasonal sports
- Gardening equipment
- Out of season stock
Short term business storage
Many businesses take on work that means operating away from their usual base for periods. This can often mean long trips back to base for essential goods or equipment that can’t be stored onsite.
U Store It has storage facilities throughout Ireland, so there will always be a convenient storage location close to where you are working. This can save money by cutting on fuel and travel costs and also by cutting down on wasted time.
Expanding your business
Self-storage can save businesses money by providing a cost-effective way to increase their available space without many of the associated costs. Buying or renting a business property will inevitably lead to additional overheads. Expenses like maintenance, rates, and building insurance all have to be factored into any business move.
With a business storage solution, there is only one payment, that is it!
These are just a few of the ways that a self-storage unit can save you money, but there are limitless situations where renting self-storage is not just practical and convenient but financially wise too!
At U Store It, we can help you with whatever storage needs are. Short-term or long-term, big or small, we have the solution. Why not contact us today to find out more.