In the last three decades, the level of household wealth in America has exploded. The Federal Reserve estimates that, in just the last decade, household wealth has grown by more than 116%. With rising wealth, Americans have accumulated belongings to such an extent that many of them find they do not have enough space to store their belongings. Here are some things to consider before you take the plunge and rent storage.

  • Security. Any storage facility must be able to meet a bare minimum of security requirements. You want to rent storage where there is at least closed circuit television (CCTV), keypad entry, motion-detecting lights, on-site personnel, smoke alarms, and restricted access.
  • Mobility. For frequent travellers, or anyone moving house, it may be more convenient to have a mobile storage unit rather than renting storage space at a fixed installation. Suppliers of the best storage pods will allow you to pack your belongings at your own pace, before they pick them up and deliver them to a specified location.
  • How Much Decluttering Do You Need to Do? Many people just have way too much stuff in their homes. At some point, you need to ask yourself whether it’s time to declutter your home. If you have a lot of belongings to throw away, it might be worth getting a skip. This company provides skip hire Sheffield and have a guide on things to know when renting a skip.
  • Location: If you need to rent storage space in a fixed facility, then you want to rent at a place that’s a short drive from you. This will save you time, fuel, and of course, money. Assuming that the security at the nearest storage facility meets your requirements, then that’s where you need to rent.
  • Renovation. If you’re renovating your home, it’s a good idea to move your belongings to a storage space near you, so that your home can be renovated without harming your belongings. The last thing you want is for your belongings to gather dust, get scratched, or have paint drip over them. Moving your belongings makes sense.
  • Rolling contract: Many people don’t know how long they will need a storage space for. So you don’t want to get locked into a contract that demands that you use the storage space for a specific time period. You want a contract whose terms are open so that you can leave with as short a notice as possible and with as low a minimum leasing period as you can tolerate.
  • Cost. Ultimately, you will have to pay for your storage space. Look at the contract and assess whether there are additional fees that you are likely to accumulate beyond the headline price. Many people find that the additional costs push them well beyond what they intended on paying, because they didn’t think about them in the beginning.

Storage spaces are a must-have for so many Americans. It’s important that you keep these considerations in mind, whether you’re deciding if you need storage space, or between storage spaces. Ultimately, you’re trusting a company with your property, so you should demand the best.