Choosing the Self Storage Options
There are a lot of reasons to choose a self-storage facility, from apparent overflow issues to creating an out-of-house mancave, office or warehouse. Sometimes, it’s actually a discussion around an additional room to rent within your house-as well as the relative benefits of acquiring a tenant to not needing to pay self-storage costs
Included in the decision-making process, are a number of ideas and challenges to think about. To spur the creativity, let us review a couple of situations.
1. Getting out of the house. Sometimes, people just want a change of scenery and location. For example, those accustomed to working from a home office may want to consider a self-storage unit for a fresh perspective. Of course, it will require a facility that can offer electricity and other office-related amenities. (That is, of course, unless you’re looking for a sensory deprivation chamber.)
The self-storage mancave can follow the same logic in some of these cases; it’s wary and weary spouses who want their counterparts to relocate. This might open the room up for other uses and/or just lower the levels throughout sporting occasions as well as other “macho activities.”
2. Reallocating rooms for rent. Renting is becoming a very popular and profitable way for homeowners to rent out multiple rooms on a short-term basis, usually daily. If a home has four bedrooms and only one is being used (a common event among empty or about-to-be empty nesters), setting up two or three of them for an Rental-type service can be a great idea. Overflow from each room can be consolidated into a suitably-sized self-storage unit. And, suddenly, these empty nesters who might have contemplated downsizing have a growing business.
Just know your local ordinances about these types of services, as some municipalities require permits; others are trying to ban the practice altogether.
Obviously, also opening up rooms for longer-term tenants can necessitate the same logistical need for self-storage space.
3. Interim warehousing. Increasingly, Internet-based businesses are stockpiling some (or even all) of their inventory in their homes. While this can create a very convenient and efficient center for fast fulfillment, having boxes of apparel blocking your view of the TV set can be counterproductive. Self-storage can be an excellent solution, particularly for overflow inventory that isn’t likely to be needed on a moment’s notice.
4. Creative arts center. Painters, sculptors and other artists may find a self-storage unit to be the perfect place in which to create. The utilitarian nature of most self-storage units makes them more user-friendly for those occasional paint or clay splatters that would require either extensive cover-up protection at home or subject the offender to major rebukes from other household members.
5. Micro-living spaces. With the proliferation of micro-apartment living in cities across the US, there clearly is a rising need for self-storage. Many of these units organize a living quarters into something resembling a cruise ship cabin. Closet space will be at a premium. And, for those who want to hang onto some valuable, sentimental and useful items for the future, self-storage can fill the bill. In addition to bulk storage, self-storage units can provide a center for such items as books, a utilitarian library of sorts complete with bookshelves. While it’s not as convenient as a home library, the options for micro-livers to store/display books generally are very limited.
This concept will apply to those choosing to downsize. When searching for an even more compact living area, self-storage provides a versatile option when thinking about such criteria as amount of sleeping rooms and so on. If for example, a particular home might be perfect if possibly there’s another room, self-storage potentially provides an alternative instead of requiring to help keep searching.
Thinking about self-storage as one method to expand living and space for storage can provide a cost-effective and versatile “addition” to your house.