Don’t Be a Storage Unit Size Rookie: How to Figure Out What You Need
Ah, the joys of adulthood. So much freedom, so much responsibility… and so little space. Whether it’s a move, a new job, or just a simple home renovation, sometimes we just don’t have enough room for all of our stuff. That’s why self storage units are so useful. But what size do you need? Don’t make the rookie mistake of underestimating or overestimating your storage needs. Let’s talk about how easy it is to figure out what size storage unit you need, and quickly spare you the frustration of renting the wrong size.
Storage Unit Sizes
First things first: storage units come in various sizes. So, what are those sizes, and what can they hold? It’s important to know, as this will help you figure out what you need. There are the small ones (5×5), which are great for extra boxes or just a few pieces of furniture. Then there are the medium ones (10×10), which can fit a one-bedroom apartment. The large ones (10×20) fit a three-bedroom home or a car, while the extra-large ones (10×30) can store a four-bedroom home. Keep in mind that these are just general guidelines, and it all depends on how much stuff you have.
Security, Accessibility, Convenience
Before we get into the nitty-gritty of deciding what size storage unit you need, let’s talk about how secure and accessible storage units are. Most storage companies have 24-hour surveillance, gated access, and personalized keypad codes to ensure that your belongings are safe. And, if you’re worried about transportation, keep in mind that most facilities allow you to park your U-Haul or trailer right in front of the unit, making unloading and loading a breeze.
Climate Controlled Units
Now, let’s move on to climate-controlled units. While non-climate-controlled units are cheaper, they aren’t always the best option. Extreme temperatures (both hot and cold) can damage sensitive items like electronics, antiques, art, and wooden furniture. Humidity can also cause mold and mildew, which can ruin your belongings. If you have items that are sensitive to temperature or humidity changes, climate-controlled storage units are the way to go.
Inventory and Calculator
So, how do you figure out what size storage unit you need? The best way is to make an inventory of everything you plan to store. This will help you visualize how much space you actually need. It’s important to be realistic and not underestimate your storage needs. Think about your future storage needs as well – are you planning to downsize, or do you have more items that may need storage in the near future? It’s better to rent a slightly larger unit now than having to upgrade later.
Another helpful tip is to use an online calculator provided by the storage company. These calculators take into account not only the size of your items but also how they will be arranged in the unit. This can save you from overestimating and paying for unnecessary space.
In conclusion, figuring out what size storage unit you need may seem like a daunting task, but it’s worth taking the time to do it right. With a little planning and organization, you can maximize your storage and minimize your stress. Remember to take inventory, measure, and consider everything you need to store. And, if all else fails, just go up a size to avoid a storage problem.
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