If you have no prior experience with renting a storage unit, the initial process can seem overwhelming and confusing to boot. Storage units are a great add-on to any home, giving you room to stash items that you don’t use frequently, but can’t or don’t want to get rid of. This is a tremendous help when you downsize your home, or if you suddenly add on a new member (hello, baby!) and have a lot of possessions that no longer fit within the walls of your condo or townhome. Let’s face it – with so many people in the City of Brotherly Love living in multifamily housing, space is a big issue for a lot of folks. A storage unit may just be the answer if you can find one nearby, and if you can afford it.
The first thing you need to establish before diving into a storage unit rental is what size you need. The best way to do this is to sit down and make a list of every item you want or need to store, and possibly measuring these items’ dimensions if they are large enough that they will make a difference. Storage units come in several standard sizes, with bigger units understandably costing more. Standard storage sizes range from 5-by-5 to 10-by-25 feet, which in reality is the range between a small closet and an entire garage. Let’s break it down:
Unless you are making fat stacks of cash each month (in which case you’d probably just buy a bigger house), the price you’re going to pay for your Philadelphia storage unit plays into your decision as well. You might love the roominess and storage potential of a huge unit, but you may not be ready for the accompanying huge bill. Small storage units start at about $40 a month, while the gargantuan ones can set you back around $225 or upwards. For some people, that’s a third of their rent, and this is simply not feasible. You have to find the balance between cost and function, and factor in convenience as well. Unless you are just storing your Christmas decorations, or something else that you don’t plan on touching more than a couple of times a year, you likely want to find a facility that is close to you. It’s a huge inconvenience to drive half an hour to get your stuff, so you may be the captive audience of your closest facility.
In conclusion, renting a storage unit can be a great way to help you organize and de-clutter while still hanging onto your stuff, or to accommodate changing life situations. Do your research, and you will find a situation that works out for you.