Self-storage has long been used for business inventory, personal belongings and anything from cars to archived paperwork. In terms of what people keep in self-storage units, the list goes on and on. Long-term self-storage units have fast become a popular and convenient way to store excess items safely and securely.
Typical storage units come in a variety of sizes and are equipped with high levels of security, climate control and other amenities. While you may know the basics about self-storage and how it can help the typical home or business owner, how much do you really know about the rules and stereotypes surrounding this convenient method of storage?
In this article, we are debunking 6 common self-storage myths so that you can have a better understanding of how self-storage works. If you are on the fence about renting that storage unit, read below to find out some common misconceptions and why they are anything but true.
1. Self Storage Isn’t Secure
This myth is far from the truth as most modern day facilities are equipped with security measures, alarms and surveillance techniques. Oftentimes, a secure storage unit can be a safer option for valuables and important items than your own home.
At home, you may be allowing guests inside, hosting dinners or parties or even having friends of friends over occasionally. These are all potential factors for theft, regardless of how trustworthy you believe your visitors to be.
At least with self-storage, you can have peace of mind that your items are out of sight and reach and can only be accessed by you via your own personal code. At Jiffy Self-Storage, our units are monitored and equipped with alarms and cameras as well as lighting to deter theft so that you can leave the unit knowing that your items are protected and safe.
2. You Can Store Any Item
Contrary to popular belief, you can’t just store anything you want in your storage unit. Every facility has certain rules about what you can store, and it’s important and respectful to follow and be mindful of these rules. For example, guns, weapons and firearms are not usually allowed in storage facilities and you should never store batteries, chemicals or toxic and flammable items that could pose a danger or potential risk. Mostly, these rules are put in place for the safety of everyone using the facility and for your own safety as well.
3. Self Storage Facilities Are Dirty
Unlike what you may have been led to believe, self-storage units (good quality ones at least) should maintain certain standards of cleanliness. Storage units should be insect, pest and dust-free. The facility itself should be maintained and cleaned regularly so that entering your storage unit does not pose any inconvenience or unpleasantness.
4. Self-Storage Is for Hoarders
While self-storage can be used by hoarders (and all types of people really), it is not only for people who have accumulated a lot of belongings and junk. Self-storage is great for minimalists who are trying to downsize as well as for travellers who are going off on long trips and need a spot to store their items in while they’re away.
In fact, there are many creative and unusual ways in which self-storage can be used and it can generally make anyone’s life easier in one way or another. After all, who couldn’t use just a little extra space?
5. You Can Live Inside Self Storage
Self-storage units are not meant to be lived in or even slept in occasionally. Perhaps you may have heard differently or seen otherwise in a movie or TV show, but this is rarely a reality. While storage units are clean and mostly climate controlled, they are not a good place for any living being to thrive. And that also goes for pets and plants, as well!
6. A Long Term Commitment Is Required
At Jiffy Self-Storage, we understand that plans can change and life can be turbulent. This is why we offer short-term leases and never pressure long-term commitments or contracts. Our storage unit rentals are flexible so you can lease for just a month at a time and stay for as long (or as little) as you want. Storage needs can change over time and it’s important that your rental contract reflects that.
As you can see, self-storage is a great option for both long or short-term rentals and for keeping items that you don’t have room for at home. Self-storage can help you keep your life and home organized and efficient. No more tiptoeing around clutter and piles of junk.
To learn more about self-storage, call Jiffy Self-Storage at 416-74-JIFFY (54339) or contact us here.