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Do You Really Need a Storage Unit?

Stone Oak Man Moving Boxes into a Storage UnitIf your stuff appears to be overwhelming your Stone Oak rental home, you may be doubting if you should rent a storage unit. Yet, before you sign a contract, you must cautiously analyze your situation. Is it truly important to have a storage unit? Or are there other ways to manage your belongings? To assist you with responding to this inquiry, we will discuss some of the reasons why you might – or might not – need a storage unit.

Too Much Stuff

One of the primary explanations individuals rent a storage unit is because they have too much stuff. This might transpire when downsizing to a smaller home, when moving, or when between homes. Some people don’t have space for their collections, and some have inherited items they don’t want or aren’t currently using.

However, possessing too much stuff isn’t a good enough reason to rent a storage unit. This is particularly the situation if you evaluate the amount you’ll spend on the monthly rent against the value of the items you want to hold. Spending an extra $100 a month on a storage unit, for instance, means those items will cost you $1,200 a year to own and not use. Before renting a storage unit, it’s beneficial to know why you want to keep the things you plan to store and, if necessary, look into other alternatives to a storage unit.

Storing Valuables

One thing that can substantially change the equation on value and storage is if you have valuable items you want to keep but don’t have space for them at home for one reason or another. Of course, if you possess high-end valuables, remember to pick climate-controlled storage. Things like artwork, musical instruments, antiques, photos, and electronics can be damaged by heat or cold and should not be placed in outdoor storage.

Creative Alternatives

If you have belongings you want or need to keep, but it doesn’t seem to be worth the cost of a storage unit, think about other, creative ways you could keep your stuff – or not. For the most part, acquiring too much stuff is the result of being unwilling to let things go, even things you will likely never use. If you can overcome your attachment to these things, you may be able to sell or give them away instead.

On the other hand, if you have items you can’t give away but don’t essentially need a storage unit to keep, consider asking a friend to keep or store it for you until you are able to get it back. A friend or family member with an empty spare room could make use of the antique furniture, piano, or framed artwork you don’t currently need but want to maintain. Alternatively, get creative with the spaces in your own home to make room for your stuff. Underneath staircases, attics, and garage shelving can all increase usable storage space and allow you to retain a few more of your cherished belongings.

 

Even though a storage unit may be essential situationally, for the most part, there are other and less expensive ways to deal with having more stuff than we need. Lastly, the choice is up to you! However, if you think that a bigger rental home would give you not only more living space but more storage space as well, give Real Property Management Campanas a call! You can browse our listings and apply online when you find one that catches your eye.

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