Renting a self-storage unit is a great way to keep items that you don’t regularly use out of your home. Self-storage units are typically affordable but if you are a tenant, that’s an extra expense, so keeping your costs down strategically is important.
How to keep your storage unit costs down
- Rent a self-storage unit that is the correct size. Storage facilities often have various storage unit sizes. When you rent a unit that’s larger than you need, you are likely paying more per month than you need to be. If you no longer need all the space as your facility if you can downsize.
- Get rid of items you don’t need. Another way to keep storage costs down is to get rid of items you don’t need, possibly using a skip hire service. By doing so, you can save money on storage boxes and containers as well as monthly storage rental fees.
- Downsize your unit if you get rid of large items but still need to be a tenant.
- Rent a unit that is within driving distance; less than a 20-minute drive is recommended. Not only will you be more apt to drive to your unit more often, but you’ll save money on gas.
- Shop around for the best rates. An easy way to save money each month on your storage unit is to shop around for the best rental rates. If you find a better deal with one facility over the other, move facilities.
- Don’t purchase more than you need. This one is common sense, but if you see something you want to purchase but plan to store it away instead of having it in your home, don’t buy it. Realize your needs vs wants and save money in the process!