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Self-Storage: everything you need to know

Sometimes we all need some extra space. Perhaps your garage, basement or closet is bursting at the seams with valuable items you simply can't do without. Maybe you're about to move to a new place, or you have too many seasonal items and nowhere to put them. Hopefully you're not struck with some unfortunate circumstance—a flooded basement, a damaged attic, etc.—and need some additional storage space. Whatever the reason, there's no solution more flexible, more affordable or more convenient than renting a self-storage unit.
 

What is self storage?

Self-storage is an industry where businesses allow customers to rent extra storage space at a third-party location, usually on a month-to-month basis. Typically, this means a ‘unit’ at a dedicated storage facility, though there are some variations on that basic concept. You may also hear 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.

Self-storage units usually come in one of several standard sizes and are accessible on one side via a rolling, garage-like door. Units are secured either by a built-in locking mechanism or by a separate lock, or both. The property will be managed by a dedicated staff, which also works to keep your stored items safe.
 

Typical Uses for Self-Storage

 

Storage companies have become so successful due to the simple fact that there are a large number of uses for storage units. Below we've listed some of the most common.
 

Moving

Perhaps the most common reason people need storage is a part of a move into a new home or apartment. The process of moving is never fun and the logistics can be difficult and tedious, which is why self-storage offers a stable, safe solution to an otherwise painful process.
 

Renovating or remodeling

Restoring or refurbishing your home (or a room in your home) can go a long way toward improving your quality of life. In the short term, however, it can be a major source of pain. When remodeling a room, you're often forced to find additional space for your items, which can be quite inconvenient - if you're remodeling your entire home, you won't even have that option available. A storage unit can solve all of that by absorbing all the furniture you're having to relocate.
 

Downsizing

Relocating into a smaller home has become a trend in recent years, as people either attempt to save on rent, or live in a more desirable location. But this trend presents a problem: How do you fit all those things that once filled a much larger space into a new, smaller home? Though the best way to deal with this is to get rid of the things you don't need, there are some things that can be kept in a personal storage unit.
 

College summers

While most college students relish their summer break, they often take a much more ambivalent attitude toward moving home due to the fact that they'll need to move everything out of their dorm. Self-storage can take the headache out of this entire process, allowing students to keep their things near campus during those summer months.
 

Emergencies

Unfortunately, there are those times where life throws a curveball at us and an unexpected event suddenly disrupts our life. Whether a natural disaster or a death in the family, occasionally these situations call for quick and reliable storage solution, and for many of us self-storage provides exactly that.
 

Other Services Commonly Confused with Self-Storage

 

Though the term ‘storage' has in recent years come to denote self-storage both in the industry and in common parlance, it is still sometimes mixed up with a couple similar services.
 

Storage lockers

Think of these like a storage unit's little brother. You'll often find storage lockers for rent at traditional storage facilities, often with similar benefits like interior access and climate control, but because of their smaller size, cost a fraction of the price.
 

Storage sheds

Storage units are not the same as storage sheds, which are often installed on a person's own property and can be purchased in easy-to-assemble kits from your local home improvement store. While sheds are an alternative to storage units and can surely help solve your need for more space, there are certainly some downsides to consider like cost and assembly.
 

How Can I Find Self-Storage Units Near Me?

In the past, the best way to find a storage facility was to either look in the phone book or simply drive around until you found one. Today, the best way to find cheap storage is through an online self-storage marketplace like FindSelfStorage.

 

Simply type in your city or zip code in any search bar on our site, and we'll show all the storage locations nearest you, complete with details like price, size, amenities, and reviews from other storage renters. Our facilities also offer exclusive discounts for our customers, like first-month free rent, which means you are getting the best deal available on your storage unit.