Everyone wants to save money – and a self-storage unit is actually one of the most cost effective ways to increase the size of your home and business, and to give yourself some much needed space. But did you know that you can save even more money on this already money-saving option?
Here are a few tips that can help achieve cost savings across many aspects of self-storage usage.
When you first move into your self-storage unit, you may be tempted to use a U-Haul or rental truck to get things moved quickly. While this is an efficient move and will help you save time, it does cost money. Do you know anyone who could lend you their truck when you make your move? Nevertheless, if your remove requires several truckloads, you may use more gas with multiples trips than with one tank of gas from a U-Haul rental. Be sure to keep the size of your move in mind.
It’s also good to consider how you will store your belongings. While it is always best to store your belongings in plastic storage containers that have been marked accordingly, you can also get free cardboard boxes from stores that are tossing them out. Be sure to mark these boxes accordingly, too. Also, be sure to remember that cardboard boxes are more prone to water and bug damage. No matter how you choose to store them, remember to keep them dry and tightly sealed.
Other Ways to Save Money
Many people who are trying to save money on a self-storage unit consider renting an affordable storage unit with friends or family who are trying to do the same. This is not always a wise decision as it entails the security issues of multiple people going in and out of a storage unit. Neatness and space designations are also an issue. You really have to trust someone in order to share a storage space with them. You might save a few dollars, but is it worth it in the long run?
Remember that space is money, so only keep items that are important to you. Unimportant items can easily pile up, which means that you’ll have to rent a larger unit. A larger self-storage unit means larger rent. The more space you save, the smaller unit you can rent. The smaller space you rent, the less your rental cost each month.
If you want to rent a smaller unit, make sure that your items are packed efficiently and with the best moving supplies. Pack things within things to save space. Make sure that you are using smaller boxes and filling them completely rather than using larger boxes and leaving them only half full.
Additionally, check with your self-storage facility to see if they offer discounts on long-term rentals. Many facilities will offer discounts such as a second month free.
While climate controlled units are great for woodwind instruments and wine, not all items require this type of care. Do not pay for services if your belongings do not require them. If you have a lot of old clothes and household goods, chances are good that you do not need a climate controlled unit. Paying for one would incur extra monthly fees for no reason. While these units are worth the extra money for delicate items, they are not designed for everyone.These are just a few ways that you can save money while getting the most out of your self-storage experience. Our helpful personnel at Markham Self Storage in Jackson, Tennessee can help you figure out how to save money on the best self-storage option for your needs. Contact us today. We are here to help.