When considering a move or downsizing, it may be tempting to look to storage units to store belongings until you get around to processing them. In theory, that’s a great plan. Until weeks and months go by, and all you’ve accomplished is paying the monthly rental fee.
No matter how long you plan to put your things in storage, here are a couple of key points you’ll want to consider:
- Temperature controlled? The cost will be higher, but your belongings will be better preserved for the time being. And when you do revisit the storage shed to start cleaning out or find something you need, you’ll be more comfortable, too.
- Security? Make sure you speak to the facility management to find out about how they will keep your belongings safe.
Before renting a storage unit, consider why. What are your long-term objectives? Are you simply getting things out of the way so you can stage a home to sell? Or are you using it to house excess belongings that you don’t have time to go through?
In the second case, the next logical question is, ‘why do you want to touch the stuff twice?’ If you’re going to sort through what to take to storage, then what are the reasons to not address long-term solutions then and there? It’s not a question asked in sarcasm because, in some cases, there may be legitimate reasons why you need to wait on a decision…. But just be sure you’ve considered that before moving everything to a storage unit.
Another thought to consider — how will a storage facility help you logistically? Is it locally accessible? Do you live out of town? A storage unit should be conveniently accessed, and if it’s not, another solution may be better off in the long run.
Storage units are great for short-term solutions, but if this is the route you decide to go — be sure you create a realistic time frame and then stick to it.