Whether you're moving to a smaller home or living somewhere temporarily, you need a place to store your stuff. But the prospect of adding a self-storage bill to your budget can be intimidating.
Fortunately, there are a few key ways you can save money on your self-storage costs:
1. Find the Right Facility
Don't sign a contract with the first self-storage facility you see. If you take some time to look around, you'll likely find a facility that's less expensive.
Look for a storage facility that offers a special deal for new customers. Some storage facilities also offer discounts for seniors, students, or military service people.
You could also use competition between storage facilities to your advantage. If one storage facility offers a certain price, you could quote that price to another facility to see if they'll lower their price.
2. Go Through Your Stuff
The larger the unit you choose, the more you're going to pay. You can minimize costs by going through your stuff and getting rid of things you don't need. But how can you decide what to give away? One rule of thumb: if you haven't used something in a year, it's probably time to give it away. Yet another: if you still haven't unpacked something after your last move, you might not really need it.
It can make your feel better about giving away your things if you donate them to someone in need. You could also sell them at a yard sale or online. Once you reduce your stuff, you can pay for a smaller storage unit and save money that way.
3. Choose the Right-Sized Unit
Some people make the mistake of purchasing a storage unit that's larger than what they actually need. You can save money by purchasing the correct storage unit for the amount of belongings you need to store. First, familiarize yourself with the various storage unit sizes.
- 5x5: enough room for a few boxes and supplies
- 5x10: enough room for furniture from one room
- 10x10: enough room for furniture from a two-bedroom apartment
- 10x15: enough room for furniture from a three-bedroom apartment
- 10x20: enough room for furniture from a small home
- 10x30: enough room for furniture from a medium home
Before you move your belongings into your storage unit, plan how to best utilize every inch of your space. For example, draw a diagram of your storage unit and how you plan to arrange your belongings within it.
4. Get a Month-to-Month Contract
Getting a month-to-month contract is another great way to save money. Some storage facilities lock you into long-term contracts that are difficult to get out of. With a month-to-month contract, you can remove your belongings whenever you need and avoid unnecessary costs.
You never know when you might close the deal on your new house or clear out room in your garage for storage. A month-to-month contract gives you the ability to cancel your contract as soon as you don't need it anymore.
5. Find a Facility that Offers Other Services
Just the act of moving your belongings into a storage facility can be expensive because of all the supplies and equipment you need. Find a storage facility that offers services like:
- Packing supplies
- Truck and trailer rentals
- Storage containers
You may be able to save money by getting all these storage solutions from the same place.
Self-storage doesn't have to be prohibitively expensive. Whether you need self-storage for a month, a year, or longer, follow these tips to save money on self-storage.
If you're in the North Highlands area, call A-All Mini Storage for affordable storage solutions.