Is It Time to Invest in a Self-Storage Unit?

A self-storage unit can be a great investment for anyone, but especially for those who live in a small home or apartment and for those who need either short-term or long-term storage. While having a home that's overrun with 'stuff' is a sure sign that you need to invest in such a unit, there are other reasons to consider putting some things in storage. Note a few other times when such a unit might be the right choice for you.

When moving

A storage unit can help you to get organised while moving, giving you a place to store packed boxes before the move and allowing you to more slowly bring those packed boxes into your new home. Then, you aren't rushed and stressed with trying to get your entire move done in one day. You can also slowly unpack once you've settled into your new place, allowing you to keep your items organised and your new home uncluttered.

Hobbies and tools

Some hobbies require specialised equipment that might be bulky and difficult to store at home; this might include skis, snowboards, bikes, canoes or kayaks. Tools for your hobbies and interests might also be difficult to safely store at home, especially for those who have children. You don't want younger children to injure themselves with your gardening tools, tools needed for restoring cars, woodworking tools, archery equipment or camping supplies. Keeping these items in a storage unit can allow you to store them properly and securely, rather than just propping things up against a garage wall, risking damage or injury to someone in the home.

Kids are transitioning

If you have children who are transitioning to college or their own place, you might want to get a self-storage unit for their items. It's often difficult for young adults to take all their belongings with them to college or to a new starter apartment but they may not be ready to actually part with those items either. At the same time, you may be eager to start using their old bedroom as a guestroom or to knock down some walls and eliminate that bedroom altogether. Using a storage unit takes some pressure off your child for choosing what items they'll take with them as they move into adulthood, versus what items they might donate or toss and it takes pressure off you when it comes to keeping those items in the home.