Garage vs. Self-storage: Which one is better?
24 Sep 2021

Garage vs. Self-Storage: Which One Is Better?

It’s a common dilemma that many homeowners face—the need for more space that is not only convenient, but safe and secure to store their excess belongings. When thinking of storage solutions, usually the first place our minds go to (besides closets) is the garage. The garage can serve a dual purpose of housing your cars/vehicles, as well as holding additional storage space. It’s no surprise that many homeowners will use their garage to store miscellaneous items, seasonal décor, unused equipment, and the like.

While garage space can be very useful and cost effective, it isn’t the only option when it comes to additional storage space. In fact, another budget-friendly and effective storage method is self-storage, in which you can rent your choice of storage unit for however long you like. Read below, as we compare these two popular options: garage and self-storage.


Of course, having garage space for excess storage is the ultimate convenience. This is because you don’t have to go far at all to access your belongings should you need them. However, not everyone has garage space and sometimes, even if you do, it is already fully occupied. In this case, self-storage comes in handy and can often be found within a reasonable distance from your home.

At Jiffy Self-Storage, our location is easily accessible to those in Toronto and the GTA, and our building is computer access controlled for your convenience and safety. With self-storage access being straightforward and simple, it makes more sense to store items that you will use less frequently here, while those that get more regular use can be placed in your garage.

Limited Space

With self-storage, there are many different sized units available for rent. With garages, on the other hand, the size is limited. Also, your garage space will most likely have to be shared with vehicles, bikes, lawn mowers, and any outdoor equipment, which leaves less room for anything else. If you need more space than what your garage has to offer, then self-storage will surely be the most beneficial choice in the long run.

Cost Effectiveness

While both methods of storage can be cost effective and budget friendly, we usually think of garages as being the cheaper option to store items, as they are essentially included in the cost of your home. However, with a storage unit, you will have to pay monthly rental fees, which can be more expensive, but will ultimately give you greater peace of mind.

This is because reputable storage facilities offer the promise of security and suitable conditions for the items being stored in order to prevent damage, theft, fire, or floods. When you factor this in, the money being spent on storage unit fees may be well worth it.

Safety and Security

Once again, renting a unit from a self-storage facility means that you can rely on clean and safe conditions. Unlike your garage, which can be susceptible to theft, a storage facility is a better place to keep expensive or valuable items that can’t easily be replaced. Storage facilities maintain a high level of security compared to your typical home garage, and often include surveillance cameras, lights to deter thieves, and a monitored alarm system.

When it comes down to choosing between your garage and a self-storage unit, think of what kinds of items you are storing. If they are of significant value, then consider going the self-storage route.

Climate Control Advantage

While your garage may be a convenient and hassle-free storage option, one advantage with self-storage is that it is climate controlled. This is especially important if you live in an area with frequent temperature fluctuations or humidity that can harm your belongings.

Humidity and moisture can damage anything from wood, electronics, and furniture to documents and jewellery. Keep your belongings safe from the outside elements by choosing climate controlled storage.

Sometimes, the space in our home just doesn’t cut it. Perhaps you’ve used up all the room in your closets and garage, and are looking for another viable option to hold your belongings and keep them safe from theft and the elements. For many homeowners, space is limited.

This is especially true if you own a condo or rent an apartment with no garage. It’s even more important in these circumstances to find safe, secure, and climate controlled storage options that you can rely on. For more information on Jiffy Self-Storage facilities in Toronto and the GTA, please contact us here or call us at 416-74-JIFFY (54339).

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Hammad Assan joined Jiffy Self-Storage in June 2012. He has over 20 years of experience in various Customer service, Sales and Management roles and is a Certified Self-Storage Operator through the Canadian Self Storage Association. His passion for sales and customer service has maintained Jiffy Self-Storage’s position as one of the GTA’s most successful Storage Facilities, as recognized by winning the Consumer Choice Award 22 years in a row, a perfect A+ rating with the BBB with zero complaints and a 4.5/5 Star Review rating on Google. Our tenants greatly appreciate his dedication to exceptional customer service and as a result Jiffy Self-Storage has been recognized and awarded for that. Please contact Hammad about any of your storage, parking, workspace or retail unit needs.

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