What You Need to Know About Self Storage
Almost all of us could use some extra space. Does it seem that your closets, garage, or basement is overstuffed with items you simply can’t do without. It could be that you’re about to move into a new home and need a place to keep a few things for a few weeks; or, it might be that you’re remodeling or renovating a room in your home and can’t fit your furniture anywhere else. Or maybe you’ve chosen to move into a smaller home or apartment to save money on rent or live in a different part of town. Or, it might just be that you’re struck with some unlucky circumstance—damage from weather or other catastrophe—and need to move everything into a self storage unit space immediately. Whatever your circumstances are, the most flexible and affordable solution is to rent a self storage unit from The Space Place.
What is Self Storage?
Self storage is a business industry that allow their customers to rent space at their self storage facility location. Typically, this means a self storage unit at a storage facility that is dedicated to assisting people to strong their personal and business belongings. That is exactly what The Space Place is. You may also have heard people refer to storage as ‘public storage’ or ‘mini storage’, though in recent years ‘self-storage’ or more simply ‘storage’ have become the preferred terms.
Storage units come in several standard sizes and are accessible on one side or both sides via a large, garage-like rolling door. Self storage units are secured either by a built-in locking mechanism or by a separate lock or both. The best self storage facility properties are managed by a dedicated staff member, or self storage specialist, who works to keep your stored items safe. It is almost mandatory that onsite video cameras and security systems are used to monitor the self storage facility. These surveillance systems operate 24/7, allowing the management staff to keep an eye on the valuables consistently while providing their tenants
Typically, self storage rental rates are billed on monthly at The Space Place, although, if you prefer a different payment term arrangements can be negotiated. The price of our storage spaces will depend on the size of the unit and the special deals or promo rates we are running.
There are two basic types of storage facility units: outdoor, drive-up access facilities and interior storage facilities. The Space Place currently offers the outdoor, drive-up access type. We do plan on building interior, climate controlled units in the future.
Our drive-up units are in single-story buildings and are accessible by pulling your vehicle right up to the unit to unload and load. They provide convenient, easy access and are priced lower than interior units.
Typical Storage Unit Uses
There is a large variety of uses for self storage and a large variety of situations for which storage is the best solution for your needs.
These are some of the most common:
Here in North Georgia, moving is the most common reason people require storage space. Renting self storage space makes the logistics of the moving process more stable and safe. Since it is common for your new home to not be ready by the time you move out of your old home you need a place to temporarily store your household goods. Putting your belongings in storage the perfect solution. Another common situation is not being able to move everything with one trip. If you can’t leave your belongings at your old home then you'll need a place to put them? The Space Place self storage offers the perfect and easiest solution.
Renovating or remodeling:
Renovating or remodeling your home, or just a room in your home, can go a long way toward improving your quality of life. But during the construction process it can cause some inconveniences. When remodeling a room, you’re often forced to move the furniture somewhere else in your home, which can cause clutter and inconvenience. When remodeling your entire home, moving things from one room to another might not even be possible. A storage unit can be the best solution by freeing up your entire home to get the renovation job done. It can also save you lots of time and labor cost by not having to move things over again from one part of your home to another. Simply move it all out into storage and then when your home remodeling project is complete you can move everything back inside your home once and for all.
Realtors sometimes believe that to prepare you home so that it is best for show you should remove half of everything inside of it. This is another perfect scenario for when mini storage is your best solution. The minimal expense for a few months of self storage pays for itself after you sell your home for a greater price than you would have if you left all of your belongings in it.
Are your closets, basement, and garage full of stuff? No space left in your attic? If you need extra space, then a self storage unit is your solution.
In recent times, moving from a larger home into a smaller home or apartment has become common, as people attempt to either save on rent or live in a newer and more desirable location. But how do people fit all of their belongings into their new, smaller one home? A perfect solution is to rent a storage an inexpensive self storage unit.
While college students are enjoying their summer break, they need a place to store everything that is in their dorm. A mini storage unit can resolve this problem and give students the space they need to keep their personal stuff during their three months of break.
Emergencies arrive from many causes, like a death in the family or from a natural disaster. No matter the cause, these situations call for an immediate solution, which might just be solved by renting a self storage unit.
Types of Storage
The storage lockers most storage facility owners market are small: 3x3; and they might also have a shorter ceiling height (approximately 3 to 5 feet) than average mini storage units, which are approximately 8 to 10 feet high. The space place offers 5x10 storage units for about the same price, or even less, as other facilities rent their storage lockers for.
Storage units and storage sheds are not the same. Storage sheds a typically portable in nature and are normally revered to and installed on a person’s own property. They come either prefab or in a kit from a store like Home Depot or Lowes. Storage sheds do offer an alternative to storage units and can help solve your requirement for more space, but they do have some negative features. One major downside is that they cost more up front. The cost of a storage shed, which starts at around 1,000 for tiny unit, is far more than renting a similar sized unit at The Space Place for $30 per month. If you need space for 18 months or longer and if you have room on your property and there are no restrictions keeping you from having a storage shed, then a storage shed might be a good solution for you. Of course, storage sheds do not help you if you are moving because you can't keep the storage shed on your property.
Portable Storage or Storage Pods
Storage units might also be mixed up with portable storage. Portable storage units are sometimes referred to as ‘mobile storage’ or ‘storage pods’. Portable storage units function very quite differently than the permanent type that you rent at a storage facility. Storage pods are dropped off on your property where you fill it and then the mobile storage company returns to pick it up and take it back to their warehouse facility. Whenever you are ready, the mobile storage company will deliver your storage pod to your new home.
Pod storage offers some conveniences, however, there are also drawbacks. Such as, storage pods are typically stored at warehouse facility stacked up within or atop other portable storage pods. This arrangement makes it more difficult to access your pod unit than it is to assess a regular mini storage unit and often requires the storage facility staff to assist you and to use a forklift to retrieve your portable unit.
The portable characteristic of storage pods is likely its most compelling selling point. However, portable storage pods aren’t as mobile as they are portrayed to be. Very often, portable storage companies wait until they have several customers with storage pods that are going to a similar geographical area before they will send their trucks across the country to make your delivery. This means you might not have your belongings on a schedule that you like.
Choosing Storage Sizes and Types
Locating a storage facility convenient for you is part of the overall process. You need to figure out the size storage unit that fits all of your belongings. Climate control is another factor that you need to consider. The Space Place does not offer climate controlled storage rental units at this time, but we are planning on adding this amenity in the future. Access to your facility is another factor that you must consider. Some facilities allow 24/7 access to their units, such as The Space Place, which means you can access your belongings whenever you need to.
Storage units are typically offered in the following sizes:
- 5’ x 5’ (25 sq ft.)
- 5’ x 10’ (50 sq ft.)
- 10’ x 10’ (100 sq ft.)
- 10’ x 15’ (150 sq ft.)
- 10’ x 20’ (200 sq ft.)
- 10’ x 30’ (300 sq. ft).
Following is a brief description of each:
5 x 5: A 5 x 5 storage unit handles similar contents of a small closet. These are perfect for a few boxes and a piece or two of furniture, like a desk and a chair. This is a popular size for college students.
5 x 10: These are perfect for people that live in one bedroom apartment and need some extra space. A 5 x 10 storage unit accommodates a couch, chair, chest of drawers. It is comparable in size to a walk-in closet.
10 x 10: These units are similar to the size of a large bedroom and can handle the contents of a typical two-bedroom apartment.
10 x 15: The 10x15 units enters the heavy needs self storage rental class. A 10 x 15 storage unit accommodates furnishings for a two bedroom apartment or a small house without appliances. It is comparable in size to a large bedroom, and can even be used to store small cars and boats.
10 x 20: Very commonly used for families that need to store the entire contents of their home, 10 x 20 storage units are capable of storing the contents of a four bedroom house. You should even be able to fit some midsize to large vehicles in here, like trucks, trailers and boats. It is comparable to a one car garage.
10 x 30: Not all facilities have this size unit, but The Space Place has several. The 10x30 should be able to handle the storage needs of any family or business. A 10 x 30 self storage unit will hold the contents of a 40-foot moving van. Comparable to an extra long or wide house garage.
15 x 30: Very few self storage rental facilities offer 15x30 storage units. They are so large that they really can't be considered a mini storage unit. A 15 x 30 self storage unit accommodates furnishings for a four to five bedroom house with ease. It will hold the contents of both a 40-foot and 20 foot moving van. Comparable to an extra long garage and extra wide garage. You can park wider boats, trailers, and almost any car truck.
Items You Can Keep in Storage—And Others You Can’t
Some items can simply just place them into your storage rental unit with very little to no preparation, but others things require special consideration and preparation. And finally, some things should absolutely never be placed into a storage facility unit or and others are contractually and explicitly against most storage facilities’ policies.
Items You Can Keep In Storage
Furniture storage: No doubt, furniture is one of the most regularly stored items. So common that you could refer to self storage as a furniture storage facility. When considering furniture storage, keep in mind the following: humidity and temperature. In the North Georgia region furniture does well in non-climate controlled storage facilities, however, climate control is a way to ensure the safety of your furniture.
Electronics storage: Extreme hot weather and extreme cold weather can cause damage to electronics. Humidity can present problems. Climate controlled storage should be considered, however, in the North Georgia region electronics do well in non-climate controlled storage facilities, but, climate control is a way to ensure the safety of your electronics.
Apparel storage: Clothing is also commonly found stored in storage facilities. Clothing best stored boxes or other containers. You can store items like suits and dresses under a plastic cover or in a bag un order to prevent folding. Pests are the biggest threats to clothing in storage, so if you are storing clothing or other apparel that you greatly value, then you should make sure that the storage facility has a pest control regimen.
Items That Can be Stored With Caution
Gun storage: Always verify the storage facility policy on storing guns before placing them into a unit. Some storage facilities allow you to keep your registered firearms in your unit, and others either do not approve of it or have very strict guidelines on storing guns. If the facility permits you to keep your registered firearms in your rented unit, then always remember to keep your firearms unloaded.
Things you should NEVER keep in storage:
Food storage: Because food goes bad and brings a terrible odor to your unit, and because it will attract pests that might cause damage to yours and other tenant's belongings, you should not store food in your storage unit. Management will quickly evict a tenant with a pest infected storage unit. Now, there are some exceptions to this food storage rule. First, nonperishable food and food that is canned is safe to store. And, second, drinks like water, uncorked wine, and beer is also safe place into storage. Infact, some storage facilities have specially designed wine storage units.
Hazardous, flammable, and explosive materials: Any material that is dangerous when spilled or is combustible should absolutely NOT BE KEEP IT IN STORAGE. Before you storing any chemicals whatsoever, research and verify that they are not in any way dangerous.
Pet storage: If the storage facility manager finds animals being stored in a storage unit they will certainly contact the legal authorities and have them deal with the tenant that is acting inhumanely.
Plant storage: Plants can attract and insects, so they should not be placed into your mini storage unit.
Garbage: The odor will become unbearable the pests will come feasting on it and your valued personal items while they are at it.
Drugs or stolen property: This point is clear, illegal drugs are illegal anywhere and have no place in a self storage facility unit. Keep all illegal drugs off the storage facility premises.
Yourself: Self-storage is not for storing yourself. Sounds funny, but some people do make a home out of a self storage unit. Some storage facility managers permit you have an office in a storage unit, to keep a workshop there, or have band practice in it, but living out of a unit is illegal, and the facility managers will catch on to this illegal behavior quickly.
Other Important Things To Consider
Read your contract carefully. It includes stipulations about what you can store in your self storage unit, the facility rules about access and usage, and the consequences of being late or delinquent on your rental payments.
Keep a detailed inventory of your stored belongs. Take pictures of the inside of your unit. Overall, most storage facilities are safe and secure, but theft can never be totally prevented. A good way to mitigate any potential issues is to keep a detailed list of what you have stored in your mini storage unit.
Consider insurance. It is common for homeowner’s insurance to cover most of the items you place inside storage, but verify this with your policy and your insurance agent. The storage facility’s insurance policy will not cover your belongings. Most self storage facilities will offer you to buy a tenant insurance policy through them. It is also a good idea to ask an independent insurance agent about insurance to cover your items in self storage, maybe a better idea than purchasing a policy directly from the self storage facility.
Get the lowest price that you can on renting self storage. You can compare self storage facility prices and you can ask for their specials. If you are planning to rent long-term, or even for just six months, some facilities allow you to negotiate a lower monthly rate, especially if you are willing to pay in advance. Some facilities also offer discounts for referrals because they are always looking for more tenants. If you can get a friend or other acquaintance to also rent storage with your storage facility then they will cut you a deal on your rent. Group rates are also available, so if you know other people looking to rent space at the same time you are, you can ask for a group rate.. If they will not reduce their monthly rental rate, try negotiating other perks, like free boxes, self storage locks and moving trucks.