Top 7 Reasons People Use Storage Units
#1: Moving Often Means Putting Things in Self-Storage Units
The vast majority of people needed storage because of a move—close to half of people who use self-storage do so because they are dealing with a move-related issue.
Some are downsizing and moving into a smaller place. They don’t have time to sort through their belongings or they want to keep some things for friends or family members.
Others want to stage their home, removing clutter and odd pieces to make it look bigger and more stylish. Some people don’t time moving right. They have to leave one home before they have another.
Others may need to travel for business or temporarily move far away. In all these cases, a storage unit can ease stress and help with managing the logistics of a move.
#2: More Space and Removing Clutter
The second most popular reason people use storage lockers is because they don’t have room in their homes for all of their belongings. They want to keep things, but not have it cluttering limited space. Close to a fifth of self-storage customers are looking for long-term extra space. People use the extra space to store seasonal furniture or decorations, record collections, and heirlooms.
#3: Storing Vehicles
Self-storage isn’t just for boxes and furniture. People use self-storage for car collections, RVs, motorcycles, boats, and ATVs. They may not have room in the garage and some home owner associations prohibit parking certain kinds of vehicles in driveways. Self-storage facilities offer outdoor parking, indoor garages, and even large climate-controlled storage units for vehicles.
#4: Keeping Things Out of the Way During Renovations
If you are ripping into dry wall and tearing out roofs, you can’t leave your things around. Not only are they in the way, they can be damaged in the dirt and disarray of a renovation. With so many strangers coming in and out of a home during a rehab, valuables can be lost or stolen. A self-storage unit is a great way to protect things until the project is complete.
#5: Storing Belongings of a Loved One
After someone dies, it isn’t always easy to sort through their things. It takes time and sometimes legal processes before things can be divided among family and friends, valuables sold off, or unwanted items donated to charity. In some cases, emotions making taking on this task painful.
Family infighting can make it impossible to disperse items right away. At the same time, it is often necessary to sell the house or condo, so removing belongings out quickly is a necessity. Using a storage unit allows time for an estate to settle and emotions to subside.
#6: College Students Need to Stash Belongings over the Summer
The expense of moving items from school to home and back again often isn’t worth it. Self-storage units in college towns often fill during the summer months when students head home in June.
#7: Businesses Managing Inventory and Other Logistics
Businesses find renting self-storage units to be an affordable alternative to warehousing. They can manage and organize inventory the way they see fit, without having to deal with warehouse infrastructure and regulations. Storage units are also a great place to store equipment. Lastly, like individuals, businesses often need to move, store vehicles, and store things during renovations. Using a storage unit offers flexibility in these cases.
From good business sense to emotional sentimentality and everything in between, the reasons people use storage units are varied. Whatever the reason, demand continues to grow. Sometimes people just need their space.