Storage units or storage vaults can be a life-saver when you’re moving or need some temporary space. But they can also be a slow drain on your finances if you’re not careful. Storage units and storage vaults are too often forgotten, or worse, continually filled more and more. From our experience in the moving and storage service industry, we’ve got some tips for storers to keep themselves in control of their Seattle moving and storage service.
1. Only Rent the Space You Need:
If you’ve only got 25 sq feet of stuff to put in storage, then rent a storage vault or storage unit that will most closely fit your belongings. This is particularly hard to do with large self-storage units, as these come in specific sizes at high prices. At On The Go Moving and Storage, we offer a unique solution in providing our moving customers with storage vaults. These vaults are smaller, and they can be rented individually to more efficiently fit your storage needs.
When you rent a unit larger than you need, you’ll find that you are either paying for empty space or will begin filling that empty space with more things. This can become a problem by 1) making it harder to get to the things that you need and 2) allowing you to keep things that you don’t really need or want.
2. Have a Set End Date For Your Storage:
For most of our clients, their need for temporary storage ends when they move into their larger space, or are able to sell the things they’ve placed in storage. Examples of temporary storage include;
- a family sells their house but is unable to move into their new home for several months
- a relative dies and leaves an estate that must be sorted and sold or distributed to family members
- a family or individual has a temporary employment overseas or long distance and needs a location to place belongings until the employment ends and they return to the area
- a home is being remodelled or redecorated and valuable belongings need a safe location until the construction is complete
These are just a couple examples of common temporary storage situations. In all of these, however, you should have a set end date for your storage. This will help you to stay focused on doing whatever needs to be done before you can bring those belongings out of storage again. If you find you need more time after all, you can always extend the contract.
3. Don’t Pay More in Storage Than Your Stored Items Are Worth
If you think that you’ll need storage over an extended period of time, do the math and consider whether or not you will end up paying more to your storage company than the stored items are worth. If, for example, you’ve got $1,800 worth of stuff in storage at $125 a month. If your belongings are in that storage unit for over 8 months, then it would actually probably cost you less to sell those items now and purchase them new later.
The exception to this, of course, would be irreplaceable items, such as heirlooms, memorabilia, and favorite belongings. But keep in mind, getting rid of things can help you to fit into a smaller storage unit or storage vault, diminishing your monthly spend.