Things You Should Know Before Renting a Storage Space

So we did it. Remember I'd been flirting with the idea of renting a storage space. After much research, we found the location and "moved in" over the long weekend. Here is what I learned and what you should know before you rent your own space.

  • What you're planning to store. You need to have a good idea of what and how much stuff you're going to store. Don't just rent a space with the idea that you will fill it up with stuff as time goes on.
  • Price. The rent on the storage spaces varies widely depending on location, size, whether it's climate controlled, whether it's a space you can drive-up to or not, etc. Assess your needs and stick within your budget.
  • What kind of space. Maybe you need a studio apartment-sized space or just a mini unit. When assessing the size, don't forget to consider getting a space slightly larger than you think you need if it's going to act as storage that you access often. You will need space to walk around and move things. On the other hand, if you're just storing an entire room's worth of furniture until you move, a space that fits exactly that is big enough. Are you storing artwork, photos, electronics? If so, you might want to consider a climate-controlled space.

  • Insurance. Most of the places I spoke with don't offer independent property insurance so you will need to check whether your home owner's insurance (or renter's insurance) covers goods stored offsite.
  • (Image: SoCal Self Storage)

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