Your belongings mean a lot to you. If they didn’t, you wouldn’t be searching for storage solutions to avoid having to get rid of your possessions. So if you aren’t just willing to get rid of your things, why would you want to store them just anywhere?
But if your possessions are valuable enough to you that you’re willing to go out of your way to keep them, what does that mean for your choice of storage? The answer is that each situation is unique, and yours will dictate what kind of storage solution will work best for you. Here are a few things to keep in mind when making your decision.
How much do you need to store?
The first thing to know is how much space you need. Your space needs might be different if, say, you’re putting your entire household or apartment into storage while you wait for a new place to be ready, rather than just trying to make a little extra room in your garage or decluttering your home while it’s for sale.
For instance, if you’re just looking for overflow storage to make more room in your basement or garage, or perhaps to clear out a guest room for an extended stay, a small storage unit will probably do. A 10×8 or 10×10 would be perfect for removing some extra furniture and clutter from your home while you sell it. Moving in with someone to save money or to wait for your new home to be ready? A 10×15 or larger unit will allow you to put your entire household into storage.
Do you need climate controlled storage?
The benefit of indoor storage is the ability to keep the temperature and humidity the same as inside your home. The temperature swings and changing humidity of outdoor storage can be hard on furniture, books, clothing, and other items that are typically kept inside. Indoor storage does come with an increase in price, however.
How long will you need your storage unit?
Sometimes it can be difficult to say how long you’ll need a storage unit. A few months can quickly turn into a few years. But if you’re looking for overflow storage, you can probably safely assume it’ll be long-term. If you’re selling your home or moving into a new house, on the other hand, your storage needs will likely remain short term, even with the inevitable delays.
This is important because it’ll determine how you pack your items. Short-term storage can be tightly packed to make the most of the space, as you’re less likely to need access. Long-term storage, on the other hand, will need to be packed intuitively, so you can get to your belongings when needed.
This article originally appeared on Tri-City Self Storage’s blog at https://selfstorageloomis.com/finding-right-storage-solution-needs/.