If you pay attention to business trends, you may have noticed the growth in secure self-storage facilities across the U.S. At last count, there are between 50,000 and 60,000 facilities in the country dedicated to self storage. It is fitting that Texas has the most with almost 5,000 and Rhode Island has the least with just under 100.
There are many reasons to lease secure self-storage but one of the most consistent reasons is tied to the real estate and home remodel industries. Home remodeling is up in 2020 due to so many families having time together at their houses due to Covid-19. Even though supplies for construction are more expensive, it hasn’t stopped the trend. Demonstrating that, five million homes have been bought and sold this year. Clearly people are continuing to move despite the threat of the virus.
There are many different ways we are called on to move homes throughout our lives. This can include moving into a first home or going across the country for a new job opportunity. Whichever move you are called upon to do, it will, no doubt, be stressful. Leasing a storage unit can provide solutions for common problems you may experience during a move.
Staging – When you are getting ready to sell your home, your real estate agent will often make suggestions for staging the home to prepare for an open house or individual showings. A self-storage unit can be used temporarily to keep bulkier items out of the house, ridding rooms of clutter while it is on the market. The items stored can vary from furniture to tubs of toys.
Downsizing – If your house sells quickly with the goal of downsizing, you may not have the necessary time to go through all of your personal belongings. It is better not to rush through this. Use a storage unit and sort through items more carefully once you have moved to your new home.
Combining Homes – There can be a few reasons for home consolidation including a couple moving in together for the first time, a elderly parent moving in, or a relative moving in the midst of a transition. A storage unit can aid the process by storing belongings of the person moving in to sort through later or by moving out furniture to make way for the new family member.
Changing Dates – Often when selling your home and buying another the timing does not work out perfectly. A storage unit becomes a requirement when you have to be out of one home before moving into another. In this case moving all of your belongings into a unit near your new home would be the way to go. Using packing tips, like color-coded labeling on boxes, can help keep the unit organized for the movers when the time comes.
Temporary Jobs – With a job overseas or a military posting, you may need storage in your hometown or home base to leave items that you want, but you cannot take with you. After returning state-side, your items can be moved into your permanent home.
Lack Of Space and Home Renovation
Decluttering may seem like a fad but it has always been a trend. People end up with too many belongings and want to get rid of some of it. Experts recommend decluttering for living a more serene, purposeful life. Often clutter accumulates through busy seasons of life. For instance, having children might require more items while they are young and less when they head off to college.
Sometimes we are unable to get rid of certain items which may belong to another family member or it is a collection with sentimental value. For these reasons, a storage unit is a great option. Another way to use the unit is to remove the belongings and go through the collections and items while taking your time making sure of your decisions.
Others may use the storage unit for seasonal items and the needs can vary according to region. Homes in the Northeast and Northern Midwest may store machines and other items needed during the snow season. Homes in southwestern states tend to have little room for outdoor storage sometimes leading to a small unit rental.
Home remodeling is on trend across the country. This can include simply repainting, remodeling or building on an addition. Storage units permit you to remove everything from the space you are remodeling allowing you to not only work but also to have the required room for machines and tools.
Self-storage units can be a useful option for you throughout the life of your family. Of course, they can serve many other purposes for businesses and individuals. You can store company inventory, a vehicle, your child’s dorm furniture or a loved one’s belongings in a unit.
Temporarily renting a unit can be a lifesaver during a move, home renovation or a decluttering phase. The best facilities offer security, on site staff day and night, coded gate entryways and alarms for units. Peace of mind is one of the benefits as you can be confident your belongings are secure while you focus on your important move or project.