Beginning in 2004, the average size of houses in America became bigger – from 1,660 square feet to 2,400 square feet, according to the National Association of Homebuilders. Despite having become bigger, most of these newly designed structures lost one very useful area, where house owners can store their old valuable belongings – the attic or the basement (this is especially true in Sun Belt states, like, Florida, California and Texas, where houses, especially the newly-built ones, are designed without either an attic or a basement).
Now, with consumerism in America on the rise again, the number of people needing extra space has also risen. But since many houses no longer come with an extra storage room, many find that extra space elsewhere – in self-storage facilities.
There are more than 50,000 self-storage facilities in the U.S. and most of these are located in Sun Belt states. The purpose of a self-storage, or mini-storage, is to provide individuals, families or businesses the extra space they need practically for anything they need to store safely.
Though the idea of renting a self-storage may be a very remote idea to others, those who are currently leasing one know that having a self-storage space can really be beneficial, especially if you:
- Want to enjoy the freedom of being able to rotate your furnishings regularly;
- Intend to move to a new residence;
- Need to reduce some of your furnishings for more excellent showing; and,
- Lack space for old things that cannot be thrown away, such old toys or your parents’ favorites.
A self-storage can be leased on a month-to-month basis; lease can be renewed, though. Besides being affordable, payment can also be cash, with a personal check or through a credit card. Self-storage facilities also give assurance that your belongings will be safe and accessible to you 24/7.
Not all storage facilities offer the same features. You may want to prefer a facility that not only has customer service that can answer your queries anytime and address your concerns efficiently, but also has a resident manager, who can guarantee order and safety and, most of all, one that features:
- A drive up access;
- A personal access codes
- Security cameras;
- A fully-fenced property;
- Affordable rates on all storage units; and,
- Climate-controlled and ground level units (keep your important items regulated and secure).
There are self-storage units, by the way, for those intending to store only boxed and other “not-so-big” items, and there are big units as well where one can keep furnishings from an entire home.