It can be frustrating when you need long-term storage but you are on a tight budget. Fortunately, there are ways to save on a storage rental unit. The following tips can help you do just that so that you can keep more of your hard-earned money in your pocket.
Tip #1: Pay attention to location
Location often affects the cost of storage. Generally, a facility located near a suburban area is going to cost more simply because taxes and ease of accessibility compared to a unit on the edge of town where the taxes are lower but it's a bit out of the way. If you don't mind driving a bit to reach your unit, then shopping around instead of going with the one closest to your home can be an excellent way to find a lower rate without compromising quality or service.
Tip #2: Weed out unnecessary features
Almost every feature a unit can offer will increase the cost of the unit. If you don't have any items that require climate control, then skip the more expensive indoor or climate controlled units. When theft isn't a high-priority concern, don't pay for facilities with 24-hour staffing or onsite security. Consider the base features that you need then shop for facilities that only offer those, since their rates are likely less.
Tip #3: Go under contract
That great rate you get when you move in won't last long due to rate increases, unless you take steps at the outset to secure it. The simplest way to avoid a rate increase is to have a contract instead of renting month-to-month. These contracts are usually done in one of two ways. Either you sign an actual lease, such as for a 6 month or 1 year term, that guarantees your rate for the period. Or you pay in advance for a block of months, thus securing your rate for those months. Some facilities may even offer discounts for signing a lease or paying in advance.
Tip #4: Maximize the perks
Some facilities offer free perks to new tenants, so make sure to take advantage of these. One common perk is a referral credit – someone refers you and you both get a rent discount. Ask around before you rent to find out if anyone you know is at a suitable facility with this perk. Another money-saving perk are moving aids. Facilities may offer the use of a moving truck for one day, have an onsite dolly available, or provide packing materials at a discount.
For more help, contact a self storage facility in your area.Share
13 February 2017
My husband is in the military, and our family has had to move across the country a few times throughout his career. The first time we faced a move, I was so overwhelmed that I felt like I was going to burst! We had accumulated so much "stuff" that I just didn't know what to do with it all. We ended up hiring a moving company, and we put all of the "stuff" we didn't use often in a storage unit. Once I got through the process once, our next couple of moves seemed like a breeze. I know there are other families out there facing their first moves feeling unprepared and overwhelmed, so I decided to make a blog to share moving tips and tips about using storage units wisely. I hope I can help make your move less stressful!