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 really a decision around deciding to use a room to rent to others, enabling you to use the rental income to pay for the self storage.
As part of the decision-making process, there can be a variety of ideas and challenges to consider. To spur the creativeness, let’s review a few 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. By moving the mancave to a self-storage facility, you open up that area for other uses and remove the noise for having other “manly activities” in the home.
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.
Know your local laws and ordiances pertaining to the above suggestions as some require permits and yet others may not allow the practice at all.
Clearly, also opening rooms for longer-term tenants can necessitate the logistical need 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 logic behind this concept can be used for those choosing to downsize. When looking for a far more compact living space, self-storage offers a versatile option when considering such criteria as number bedrooms and so forth. If for example, a particular home would be perfect if only there was one more room, self-storage potentially provides an alternative instead of having to keep searching.
Thinking about self-storage as a great way to expand living and safe-keeping can provide a cost-effective and versatile “addition” to your property.