Some people are adept at getting the most bang for their buck no matter what the investment is. With some, it’s an instinct. They know how to research the best pricing, will go to great lengths to pinch a penny and can generally be found anywhere there is a bargain to be had. Self storage units are generally quite affordable and most people are able to get a lot out of the investment, but there are some self storage tips for people on a budget that are worth knowing regardless.
While most self storage facilities provide something for everybody, you would be wise to do some shopping around before deciding on the best facility for your needs. If you live in the downtown core of a big city, it goes without saying that space is at a premium and you will likely find yourself paying a huge premium for storage space your could get much cheaper if you went a little bit outside the city. Storage pricing is dependent on demand for space so try a facility on the outskirts of town if you are finding the one’s in the heart of the city are too pricey.
If you are looking to get the most out of your storage space on a budget, in addition to storage pricing, utilizing all of the space available to you is a must. This means organizing the unit to fit as much as you can. Stack and hang things vertically as much as possible as the vertical space in a self storage unit is often the most wasted, underused space. Be careful not to stack things too high, and always stack the heaviest, most durable items on the bottom.
Before putting any money down on a storage unit, know how much space you are going to need. Storage pricing is based on square footage so if you pay for more space than you need, you are wasting money. Take measurements of everything you are going to be putting into the storage unit so you know exactly what to tell the customer service representative and he or she can recommend you the perfect size/price combination for what you have.
Go In On A Unit With Someone
If you think it would be more economical to split a storage unit with a friend or family member, then do that. Often times people end up renting a unit and they don’t have enough items to make it worth their while financially. You can work around this by finding someone who is in a similar situation and split the difference together.
Storage units on a budget require some creativity and planning but they are definitely doable. If you are thinking about investing in self storage space but are worried about the economics of it, keep the above tips and considerations in mind and make your self storage investment one that makes sense.