Reasons Self Storage Will Benefit You
There are many reasons for renting a self-storage unit, from obvious 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
Incorporated within the decision-making process, there are some ideas and challenges to consider. Below are some ideas to get the creative juices flowing.
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 idea in many of these cases; it’s tired 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.
It is important that you education yourself on the local ordiances for these type of services, as some municipalities require certain permits and even others are trying to ban the practices all together.
Clearly, also opening rooms for extended-term tenants can necessitate exactly the same logistical requirement for self-space for storage.
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.
The same concept can be used for those who choose to downsize. When looking for a smaller living space, self-storage provides a versatile option when considering such criteria as number of bedrooms and the like. 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.
Considering self-storage as one way to expand living and storage space can offer an economical and flexible “addition” to your home.