26 Apr + Storage Unit Rental – If you reeeeeally need to…
In my line of work as a Certified Professional Organizer®, I encourage folks to let go of items – whether it be in a house or in an office…or in a storage facility. Many of my clients have paid over one thousand dollars per year on storage unit rental. More often than not, the fees they paid are far more than the value of the items which they are storing. Paying $12,000 to store $1,000 worth of items? That is not a good use of financial resources.
However, there are times when storage unit rental is needed:
A place to hold items from an estate when a death occurs
The key is to set a time limit, and not let the storage unit rental stretch into years or a decade.
If you enter into a situation like this, you have a few options:
Traditional storage units:
There are large chains across the country, as well as “mom and pop” storage rental companies. Check for online reviews because each location within the same company is operated independently.
Mobile storage units:
PODS is a major chain in this line of storage. In San Antonio, I’ve worked closely with the crew from UNITS, and they do a great job. They bring the container to your site, you load it up, and they store it back in their warehouse.
Storage units of varying sizes:
I attended the Expo at the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) Conference in New Orleans last week and had the opportunity to review different organizing products that are coming to market and meet the reps from different organizing-related businesses. One of the companies I talked with is CubeSmart. They offer storage units in a variety of sizes so that you don’t have to pay a high fee if you only need to store a few boxes while you’re in transition for six months. (If you’re interested in this option, click here for a coupon. Compare this to online pricing to see which deal is better for your situation.)
No matter which option you choose:
- Consider whether or not you need climate-controlled storage.
- Check with your insurance agent to make sure your belongings are covered while they’re in transit and while they’re in storage.
- Set a personal deadline to end your storage contract.